Resources for Alaskans

Healthy Alaskans 2020 (HA2020) brings together partners from many sectors across the state to improve health and ensure health equity for all Alaskans through shared understanding, united efforts, and collective accountability.

Led jointly by the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, HA2020 is a framework of 25 health priorities for Alaska. Each priority has its own target for improvement to reach by 2020.

This framework is based on the latest scientific evidence and the input of Alaskans from communities across the state. Priority area reports inclue community level data and information about the interventions that are in use and working in Alaska.

Community Organizing and Development Activities

When community assessments identify community health needs, Public Health Nurses (PHNs) work with local individuals and groups to organize and develop activities/responses to meet those needs.

The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program is a collaborative effort between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute:

"We believe America can become a nation where getting healthy, staying healthy, and making sure our children grow up healthy are top priorities. We have a vision of an America where we all strive together to build a national Culture of Health that enables all in our diverse society to lead healthy lives, now and for generations to come."

Rankings include a large set of public data about community health and the rating system used to compare counties. Information is available at the Alaska borough level.

Healthy People initiative provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Health People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to:

  • Encourage collaborations across communities and sectors
  • Empower individuals toward making informed health decisions
  • Measure the impact of prevention activities

Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) is a community-driven strategic planning process for improving community health. Facilitated by public health leaders, this framework helps communities apply strategic thinking to prioritize public health issues and identify resources to address them. MAPP is not an agency-focused assessment process; rather, it is an interactive process that can improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and ultimately the performance of local public health systems.

page updated December 28, 2018