What is the Informed Alaskans Initiative?

Background

The Division of Public Health’s Center for Health Data and Statistics monitors the health status of Alaska residents through a number of surveys including the state’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance system (BRFSS).

The Alaska BRFSS assesses the prevalence of diseases and risk factors (indicators) in adults (18 years of age and older) statewide through an on-going telephone survey. It has been in place since 1991, and up to 2010 just under 56,000 adult Alaskans have been interviewed. The Alaska BRFSS is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s BRFSS to track health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States, District of Columbia, and territories. The BRFSS includes demographics, chronic diseases, health indicators, access to care, health screenings, and perceptions about health status.

Informed Alaskans is a data visualization initiative to make this state, regional, and community health data readily accessible to individuals, health organizations, health providers, and policy makers.

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Informed Alaskans – Alaska Health Profiles

Example map links

Alaska BRFSS Health Profiles (Single Map):  Public Health Regions

Alaska BRFSS Health Profiles (Single Map): Metropolitan/Micropolitan Statistical Areas

Alaska BRFSS Health Profiles (Double Map): Tribal Health Regions

Alaska BRFSS Health Profiles (Area Profile): Boroughs/Census Areas

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