Healthy Alaskans 2020



Team Organization


State of Alaska -
Division of Public Health
Lisa DH Aquino, MHS
Community Health Improvement Manager
3601 C Street
Anchorage, AK 99503

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium - Division of
Community Health Services

Emily Read
Operations Director
3900 Ambassador Drive, Suite 401
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 729-3941

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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.

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
The Advisory Team was comprised of subject matter experts from a wide spectrum of disciplines, including physical and behavioral health, disabilities, education, early childhood development, youth, aging, environmental health, recreational land, law enforcement or criminal justice, public health, health care, health insurance, and health policy. In addition, data experts statewide assisted in collecting and interpreting data. Other subject matter experts were consulted as needed.

Funding for Healthy Alaskans 2020

Healthy Alaskans 2020 is funded primarily by the National Public Health Improvement Initiative through the Prevention and Public Health Fund of the Affordable Care Act. As recipients of these funds, the State of Alaska, DHSS, and ANTHC capitalized on the opportunity to strengthen Alaska’s public health system and improve the health of Alaskans by leveraging these resources to embark on a cross-sector, statewide collaboration to undertake Healthy Alaskans 2020.