Healthy Alaskans 2020 Process

HA2020 Collective Accountability Diagram - illustration shows Shared Understanding nested within United Efforts nested within Collective Accountability which all combine for improved health and health equity for all Alaskans

Framework of Healthy Alaskans 2020

The Healthy Alaskans 2020 process has developed a health improvement framework for a shared understanding of problems and solutions, bringing statewide stakeholders and partners together in a united effort. It also serves as the foundation for collective accountability in our work to support Healthy Alaskans in Healthy Communities.

In developing a framework for a collaborative statewide health assessment, leaders from Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) and State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) reviewed decades of health improvement efforts in Alaska. The national Healthy People program provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Healthy People served as the model for Healthy Alaskans 2000, 2010, and now Healthy Alaskans 2020.

Process & Selection of the 25 Health Priorities for HA2020

ANTHC and DHSS jointly coordinated the HA2020 process. The Advisory Team, consisting of stakeholders from across Alaska, considered hundreds of potential health priorities and narrowed them to 71 Potential Leading Health Indicators. Team members then reviewed public input, data, and information from subject matter experts. Based on these sources, the Advisory Team made recommendations for the 25 Leading Health Priorities, which were approved by the Steering Team. To learn more about the Advisory and Steering teams, click here.

Public Input
Two online surveys were fielded to secure input from Alaskans interested in health:

Data Input
Statewide and national data on leading causes of mortality, morbidity, health behaviors, risk factors, and determinants of health were reviewed to inform HA2020 health priorities.

See these reports for more information on data used to identify the 25 Leading Health Priorities:

Subject Matter Expertise
Twelve Alaskan content expert workgroups were established to identify strategies and actions to meet the 25 health goals. These Strategy Workgroups met over a 12-week period in a rigorous review process. For each of the 25 health goals, Strategy Workgroups identified up to three evidence based strategies – defined as a broad based method, approach, or process that has been demonstrated to achieve a desired outcome. Strategy Workgroups then identified up to five Action steps for each strategy, and Key Partners implementing them. Action steps are specific and measurable activities or interventions currently underway in Alaska. Key Partners are the agencies or organizations engaged in this work. Public health partners around the state are aligning work around these approaches adapted to Alaska’s unique needs.

  • Diagram of the HA2020 Implementation Framework
  • List of Strategy Workgroup members