Healthy Alaskans 2020

HA2020 & IBIS

The Healthy Alaskans 2020 website has tools and resources availabe to learn more about the 25 leading health indicators in the state. You can access data and trend information; health assessment; community engagement and strategic planning, and evidence based strategies.

To make it even easier, HA2020 has added The Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (AK-IBIS, for short) to the site. IBIS is backing up all of the leading health indicator data currently presented on the site.
The IBIS information may be accessed by clicking on the data icon (data) anywhere it appears in the HA2020 website.

The Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (IBIS-PH) is a web application initially developed with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Alaska joins health departments in Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, New Jersey, and North Carolina in using IBIS-PH to distribute health information in indicator reports and through dataset queries on selected topics.

25 Leading Health Indicators

Healthy Alaskans 2020, a joint effort between the state of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, has released its 25 Leading Health Indicators — a list of critical health priorities for Alaska. The indicators provide a science-based framework for identifying public health priorities and are designed to guide efforts in Alaska over the next decade to improve health and ensure health equity for all Alaskans.

The selection process was a collaborative effort among a wide spectrum of partners statewide and was both data‑ and community-driven. A team of experts spent 10 months reviewing Alaska-specific quantitative data related to a broad range of health factors, gathered information from subject matter experts, and considered input from two public surveys in establishing the 25 indicators. The surveys were conducted in the fall of 2012 and spring of 2013 to ascertain Alaskans’ top health concerns and received over 3,000 responses from individuals across the state.

The 25 leading health indicators include reducing the rates of cancer, suicide, and interpersonal violence and sexual assault. Alaskans also wanted to see alcohol, tobacco and drug use curtailed, and an increase in disease prevention through vaccines, improved access to in-home water and wastewater services, and lowering Alaska’s obesity rate. Target goals for each of the 25 indicators have been established. The next step will be to initiate efforts, or increase existing efforts, to reach those goals.  

Introducing Healthy Alaskans 2020

Healthy Alaskans 2020 is a joint effort between the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, to set health goals for Alaska that contribute to the vision of Healthy Alaskans in healthy communities. The collaborative nature of this initiative will allow individuals in communities from all over Alaska to contribute information and ideas in every step of the process. Throughout the process, we will provide health status progress reports, as well as health planning and action tools for individuals, communities, and health professionals. By working together on these important health issues, we can help improve health for all communities in Alaska.

The process is just beginning and there will be many opportunities for participation along the way. Please continue to monitor this site for updates on how to get involved.


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