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Alaska BRFSS Health Profiles: Geography

Geographic systems:

The Alaska BRFSS health profiles are available according to four geographic systems:

  • Alaska Public Health Regions
  • Alaska Public Health Regions are based upon the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s six Labor Market Areas: Anchorage and Mat-Su, Gulf Coast, Interior, Northern, Southeast, and Southwest.

  • Alaska Metropolitan/Micropolitan Statistical Areas
  • There are two metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) and three micropolitan statistical areas (μSAs) in Alaska. The Anchorage metropolitan statistical area is composed of the Municipality of Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The Anchorage MSA is reported by its constituent parts. For data based upon the combined Anchorage MSA, see the Anchorage and Mat-Su region in the Alaska Public Health Regions. The Fairbanks MSA and the three μSAs are each composed of single boroughs. The boroughs and census areas outside of the metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas are considered rural. The BRFSS health profiles are reported according to the seven areas.

  • Alaska Boroughs/Census Areas
  • Boroughs/Census Areas are the 18 boroughs and 11 US Census Bureau-defined census areas. These two systems have been aggregated into 29 geographic units which correspond to post-2008 census area definitions.

  • Alaska Tribal Health Regions
  • The Alaska Native Epidemiology Center within the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium has divided Alaska into 12 tribal health regions. The boundaries of the tribal health regions do not always follow those of boroughs and census areas. A comprehensive definition of the regions can be found in Appendix A of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Report.