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Health Promotion, Prevention, and Emergency Preparedness for Alaskans with Disabilities

The grant that funded the Alaska Health and Disability Program was not renewed and the program ended in 2016. However, the WCFH Health and Disabilities web pages provide some valuable resources on health promotion and emergency preparedness for Alaskans with disabilities, as well as links to our partners who are working on health promotion and disease prevention for people with disabilities.

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.

Fact sheets

For more information on health and disability in Alaska, download our fact sheets:

Contact Us

  • Kelly Keeter, Adult Health Services Unit/Family Planning Program Manager
    Section of Women’s, Children’s, and Family Health