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

 

About the Program

The State of Alaska’s Health and Disability Program aims to improve health outcomes for Alaskans experiencing disability, which currently includes about 23% of the state’s population (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2010).

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:

  • 31.6 % of Alaskans 18+ experiencing a disability also are characterized as obese, as compared with 21.6% of all Alaskans†
  • 12.2% of Alaskans 18+ experiencing a disability report no physical activity in “a usual week,” as compared with 7.1% of all Alaskans†
  • 71.4% of Alaskan women >40 years of age who experience a disability received a clinical breast exam within the past two years, as compared with 82.0% of all Alaskan women†

†BRFSS 2010

For more information on health and disability, we encourage you to visit the CDC’s Disability and Health Data System.

Alaska’s program activities include:

The State of Alaska’s 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