About MCH Indicators

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Kids Count Alaska

Kids count data center

The KIDS COUNT Data Center is a premier source for data on child and family wellbeing not only in Alaska, but throughout the United States. KIDS COUNT is a nationwide project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Through this website, users are able to access data for hundreds of indicators, download charts and tables, and create reports and graphics. The Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT), a nonprofit organization that advocates for children, has carried out the KIDS COUNT Alaska program since 2016. ACT works with the MCH Epidemiology Unit to update Alaska-specific indicators, including regional data, on the Data Center.

State Resources for Data

Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (AK-IBIS)

A health indicator is a numeric measure that depicts the status of a population or a health system on a core public health construct. An indicator report, sometimes referred to as an indicator profile, provides online numerical data for a health indicator as well as its public health context, including what the current status is and what is being done to improve it. A variety Maternal and Child Health Indicator Reports are available.

AK-IBIS also has a Custom Query System. This system allows users to explore/query public health datasets directly. All the datasets currently available in the Custom Query System (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and Childhood Understanding Behaviors Survey) contain data elements relevant to maternal and child health.

MCH EPI Title V Fact Sheets

Fact sheets about specific health topics are available on the EPI Bulletin Index website.

National Resources for Alaska Data

Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health

The DRC is a non-profit, national data resource providing easy access to children’s health data on a variety of important topics, including the health and well-being of children and access to quality care.

The DRC provides easily accessible national, state, and regional data from large, population-based surveys that do not require statistical expertise to use. These data are specifically designed to assist states with child health needs assessment, program planning and evaluation, policy and standards development, monitoring, training, applied research and development of systems of care for children and youth. Data are available at the state and national level, and state data can be compared to the national average and other states on key health topics.

Alaska-specific data can be accessed through user-friendly tools, including:

March of Dimes PeriStats

Aggregating data from 12 government agencies and organizations, PeriStats provides access to the most current maternal and infant health statistics on topics such as preterm birth, infant mortality, tobacco use, cesarean section rates, and health insurance coverage. Detailed information by race, ethnicity, and maternal age for many indicators is also available. To communicate this information, PeriStats produces printer-ready graphs, maps, and tables that also can be copied and pasted into reports and presentations. The site also provides functionality enabling you to make comparisons between states, counties, and cities and to the United States. Over 60,000 graphs, maps and tables are available on PeriStats, and data are always referenced to the relevant source and Healthy People 2020 objective.

Find Alaska data by selecting HHS Region 10, Alaska in the Location box on the left hand side of the PeriStats home page.