DHSS Plans To Eliminate Health Disparities

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Health Disparities

Nine months after launching the state's first strategic plan to eliminate health disparities among minority populations, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D., outlined the marked accomplishments statewide, including the mandatory collection of racial and ethnic data, improving access to care, and providing help in overcoming language differences.

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'The Department continues to build on its long history of supporting minority health and efforts related to ultimately eliminating health disparities,' said Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.' 'I am immensely proud of our accomplishments and our comprehensive and targeted efforts to address some of the major issues that have contributed to racial and ethnic health disparities in New Jersey. Since we launched our strategic plan last March, there has been real progress, which will ultimately lead to 'healthier New Jersey residents.'

The Strategic Plan to Eliminate Health Disparities was launched in March 2007 with a comprehensive strategy that incorporates research, education, and community partnerships into improving the healthcare and access to care for racial and minority populations.

The plan has two main focuses:

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