Promotion, Prevention, and Preparedness for Alaskans with Disabilities
Alaska Health and Disability Program
The grant that funded the Alaska Health and Disability Program was
not renewed and therefore the program ended on June 30, 2016. The Alaska
Health and Disability Program webpages will still remain active and
continue to provide resources on health promotion and emergency
preparedness for Alaskans with disabilities.
About the Program
The Alaska Health and Disability Program aimed 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 based on the BRFSS 2011/13 results:
- 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; and
- 41.0% of Alaskan adults with disabilities report their general health as fair or poor as compared with 7.0% of Alaskans without disabilities.
For more information on health and disability in Alaska, download our fact sheets: