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Promotion, Prevention, and Preparedness for Alaskans with Disabilities: the Alaska Health and Disability Program


About the Program

The Alaska Health and Disability Program aims to improve health outcomes for Alaskans with disabilities, which currently includes about 23% of the state’s population (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012).

Alaskans with disabilities experience significant disparities in nearly every core health indicator, from access to preventative care to self-reported mental health needs. Consider the following data:

  • 39.2 % of Alaskan adults with disabilities are characterized as obese, as compared with 24.3% of Alaskans without disabilities†
  • 30.8% of Alaskan adults with disabilities report no physical activity in a 30-day period as compared with 18.0% of Alaskans without disabilities†
  • 41.0% of Alaskan adults with disabilities report their general health as fair or poor as compared with 7.0% of Alaskans without disabilities†

†BRFSS 2011/13

For more information on health and disability in Alaska, take a look at our fact sheets:

Program Activities

The Alaska Health and Disability Program current activities include:

  • Providing technical assistance and other support to existing community-wide initiatives designed to improve the health of Alaskans with disabilities;
  • Building a cross-agency Health and Disability Program Committee that reviews and evaluates program activities, assists with sustainability plans, and provides recommendations for policy change;
  • Developing new trainings for Alaskans with disabilities and their care providers.;
  • Providing Adaptive Physical Activity workshops for regional school districts in partnership with Accessible PE Consulting, LLC; and
  • Developing our three-year strategic plan based on the results of our statewide needs assessment and most recent BRFSS data.

Strategic Plan

The Alaska Health and Disability Program steering committee is pleased to present Alaska's Plan to Promote the Health of People with Disabilities to the public and our many state and community partners. The plan covers state fiscal years 2015 - 2017, and will advance the integration of disability into health promotion, disease prevention, and emergency preparedness infrastructure within our state as well as increase the focus on health and wellness in the disability community. It calls upon all Alaskans to share expertise and resources to build the state's capacity to improve the health of people with disabilities across the lifespan. The plan does not address every disparity, but challenges us to tackle inaccessible environments, discriminatory attitudes, and policies and norms that result in barriers to health, wellness, and quality of life for Alaskans with disabilities.

We encourage you to review the entire plan and focus on the health areas most relevant to your work and passion. Please take the time to consider how you can turn your good intentions into action to improve the health of Alaskans with disabilities by selecting at least one health area as your focus for the year. Share your ideas, successes, and challenges with us so, together, we can make Alaska a state where people with disabilities have the opportunity every day and in all places to be healthy and participate in all aspects of community life.

Strategic Plan Executive Summary, FY15-17

Alaska's Plan to Promote the Health of People with Disabilities: 2015-2017 Strategic Plan (full plan)

FY15 Completed Action Steps

Specific Priority Area Sections:

Abuse Intervention and Prevention

Behavioral Health

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Nutrition and Physical Activity

Oral Health

Preventive Health Screenings

Sexual Health

Tobacco Use 

To request a hard copy of the plan, please contact Amanda Cooper below.


Fall/Winter 2014

Spring/Summer 2015

The Alaska Health and Disability Program is supported by a grant from the CDC’s State Disability & Health Program. We are housed within the Section of Women’s, Children’s, and Family Health and work closely with our partners in the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education.

For more information on how to get involved, contact