Division of Public Health
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Anchorage, AK 99503
Healthy Alaskans 2020 Process
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.
- Survey One (September 17 – October 22, 2012) asked participants to identify specific health topics they considered a health priority in their community.
- Survey Two (January 14 – February 28, 2013) asked participants to prioritize concerns from a list of potential indicators.
See these reports for more information on data used to identify the 25 Leading Health Priorities:
- Healthy Alaskans 2020 Health Assessment: Understanding the Health of Alaskans
An overview of Alaska health status and factors influencing health. Contains information about population characteristics, social and economic factors, health outcomes, and health equity issues in Alaska.
- Healthy Alaskans 2010 Health Status Progress Report on Leading Health Indicators
An overview of HA2010 leading health indicators with data to track progress, where available.
- 71 Potential Leading Health Indicators
An overview of 71 of the potential leading health indicators considered for the 25 Leading Health Priorities by the HA2020 Advisory Team. This document was created midway through the process to inform decision-making.
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