Alaska Injury Data
Other Sources for Alaska Injury Data
Injury is the third leading
cause of death for Alaskans overall and the leading cause
of death from age one through 44. The Injury Prevention Program has adopted the State and
Territorial Injury Prevention Directors' Association (STIPDA)
model for a state injury prevention program. This model consists
of five core components.
- Data collection
and analysis: Alaska's
injury data includes all injury deaths and hospital admissions.
All injury prevention efforts begin by looking at the
numbers -- what injuries are occurring, when, where,
how, why, and to whom.
- Program Design,
Implementation, and Evaluation: Effective
injury prevention involves choosing programs with proven
effectiveness and evaluating what you've done. Injury
prevention programs fall under the three intervention
methods: environment; enforcement; and, education. Injury
prevention programs usually employ a combination of these
methods to maximize public acceptance and successful
implementation. Funding for Alaska's injury prevention
programs are almost exclusively through federal grants
that target injury prevention for Alaska youth.
- Coordination and
with other key agencies avoid duplicity and inconsistency.
Primary partners include the Highway Safety Office; the
Alaska Injury Prevention Center; the Boating Safety Office;
Alaska Safe Kids Coalitions and Chapters; the Alaska
Safe Communities coalitions; the Alaska Marine Safety
Education Association; the National Institute of Occupational
Safety and Health, Alaska Field Office; State Fire Marshal's
Office; Denali Safety Council; and, the Alaska Native
Tribal Health Consortium and Native Health Corporation
Injury Prevention Programs.
- Technical Support
and Training: Maintaining
a trained and experienced injury prevention workforce
is key to developing and implementing effective programs.
This workforce begins with the injury prevention specialists
and extends to all healthcare providers in the state
who seek to improve the health and life expectancy of
- Public Policy: Injury
prevention specialists can influence public policy by providing
scientific information to policy makers and constituents
who wish to be involved in the policy-making process. This
information may include risk factor data for specific target
groups, examples of policy interventions that have been
shown to reduce the risk of injury, or even model legislation.