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Informed Alaskans

AK-IBIS Health Data

InstantAtlas™ Health Profiles

Surveillance Data Sets:

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Student Weight Status Surveillance System

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System

Reportable Conditions:


    Informed Alaskans

    InstantAtlas™ Health Profiles

    InstantAtlas™ health profiles are a data visualization mechanism to make state, regional, and community health data readily accessible using an intuitive, informative, and interactive interface. Visual indicators of color, size, location, and direction augment numerical and categorical data to help understand health risks, disparities, and disease prevalence in Alaska. All information is available in both graphic and tabular formats.



    This version of InstantAtlas™ presentations contains:

    1. Results by 11 behavioral health systems regions for the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) for 2003-2015;
    2. Results by school districts for the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) for 2003-2015;
    3. Student Weight Status Surveillance System (SWSSS) with Body Mass Index categories for participating School Districts;
    4. Comprehensive data on Infectious Diseases for 1994-2013 with counts and rates. Breakdowns by Alaska Native and non-Alaska Native and females and males when there are sufficient data;
    5. BRFSS data are now displayed with an increased number of health indicators (383) and 26 years encompassing 1991 through 2016;
    6. BRFSS uses raking weights from 2007 onward to better adjust for race and socio-economic status of respondents using current Alaska bridged race population estimates (see description);
    7. Results by major racial groupings of white and Alaska Native are incorporated​ into most presentations;
    8. Use of three-year averages over up to nine years to increase health indicators available for boroughs/census areas and tribal health regions;
    9. Special maps of major influences on health (e.g., disability and age 65+).

    Navigation Window

    All of the HTML background pages possess a navigation window in the left portion of the screen. Reviewing the contents of the navigation window during your initial visit will be extremely useful in learning the capabilities inherent in the InstantAtlas™ data visualization presentations. If you select the BRFSS dataset, the contents are as follows:

    AK-IBIS Health Data

    Link to the Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health consisting of health indicator profiles and database queries.

    InstantAtlas™ Health Profiles

    • Home - Current page (also present on navigation bar of presentations)
    • Guide - Alaska InstantAtlas™ Users' Guide
    • Help - How to contact developers and subject matter experts for assistance, accessibility objectives, training materials, and links to training videos (also present on navigation bar)
    • Contacts - Contact information for assistance and accessibility requests

    Surveillance Data Sets:

    BRFSS - Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System [Expanded menu below and on the left assumes the BRFSS dataset was selected.]

    • Background - BRFSS Background, crude versus age-adjusted rates, data suppression and statistical unreliability, geographic systems, BRFSS variables, and display options
    • Data Files - Comma-separated values and Excel data file options (also present on navigation bar)
    • Geography - Description of the five available geographic systems used to subdivide Alaska
    • Maps - List of all maps by presentation formats [useful to bookmark] (also present on navigation bar)
      1. Public Health Regions - Division of Alaska into 7 administrative regions with single-year data with separate reporting for Matanuska-Susitna Borough from the Municipality of Anchorage
      2. Metro/Micropolitan Statistical Areas - Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) (Municipality of Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough), Fairbanks MSA, (Fairbanks North Star Borough), two micropolitan statistical areas (City and Borough of Juneau, and Ketchikan Gateway Borough), and a remainder category of the state outside of metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas that can be defined as rural with single-year data
      3. Boroughs/Census Areas - The 19 boroughs and 10 unorganized areas of Alaska according to 2015 United States Bureau of the Census designations with three-year averages
      4. Tribal Health Regions - The 12 tribal health regions defined by the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center with three-year averages
      5. Behavioral Health Systems Regions - A division of Alaska into 10 units of 20,000 plus population each.
    • Themes - Lists all of the health indicators organized by themes for ease of location when using the Select Risk Factor button on the presentations
    • HTML Profiles - A text, accessible version of the health information presented in InstantAtlas™ presentations

    SWSSS - Student Weight Status Surveillance System

    YRBSS - Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System

    Reportable Conditions:

    Quick Start!

    Those in a hurry to access the BRFSS health maps can follow these three steps:

    1. Click on the bolded Maps [HTML5] item under BRFSS in the left-hand navigation window;
    2. Under Single Map, select either Crude Rates (for population prevalence) or Age-Adjusted Rates (for comparisons) of one of the four geographic systems (public health regions, metro/micropolitan statistical areas, boroughs/census areas, or tribal health regions); and
    3. Click on the SELECT INDICATOR AND RACE button in the presentation to choose first among health themes and then individual indicators for total, Alaska Native, or whites only.

    The suggested use of the health maps portion of Informed Alaskans includes:

    • STEP 1: Start by selecting the data source (BRFSS, SWSSS, YRBSS, or Reportable Conditions);
    • STEP 2: become familiar with the surveillance system by reading the background documentation;
    • STEP 3: review the health indicators are available and how they are organized;
    • STEP 4: select the map or HTML Profile version to display results; and
    • STEP 5: choose whether to display age-adjusted or crude rates, when available.

    Citing Informed Alaskans - Alaska Health Profiles

    AMA Format:

    Author. Organization/publisher. Webpage title. Website title. Date published/revised. Available at URL, Accessed date.



    Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics. BRFSS: Tribal Health Regions Area Profile - Crude Rates | Informed Alaskans, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Division of Public Health | Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Informed Alaskans - BRFSS. n.d. Available at, Accessed 21 June 2014.



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