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Health Planning and Data Management

Health Planning projects include the Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Plan, prepared in conjunction with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (the”Trust”), the statewide advocacy boards and commissions and other key stakeholders. This plan provides a framework from which state, local and tribal partners can set priorities to improve the health status for all Alaskans, with a focus on Trust beneficiaries: people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chronic alcoholism, and Alzheimer's' disease and related disorders. It is an ongoing planning process.

Data management activities of the Unit serve as a resource to the Department and both governmental and community partners interested in health care and public health data. Data management activities support the following:

To support the Certificate of Need program, we collect information from state and national sources and from health care providers to calculate use rates, characteristics of populations served, trends in length of stay, and related trends in patterns of use and care delivery. Under new regulations for the CON program, the Unit will be estimating statewide and regional needs for selected types of service and facilities. For primary care and rural health work, data collection and management is related to community and statewide needs, health status disparities, access to care, workforce, facility distribution, and other areas as needed.

We also collect and manage hospital discharge data received from the Alaska Hospital and Nursing Home Association which is used for planning, evaluation and development of public health and behavioral health policy.

Contact Information:

Alice Rarig, PhD, Data Management Coordinator
(Planning Team Leader)
Phone: (907) 465-1285

Neal Gilbertsen, PhD, Research Analyst
Phone: (907) 465-3091

Health Planning:
Jean Findley, JD, Health Planner
Phone: (907) 465-8652

Office of the Commissioner
Health Planning and Systems Development Unit
Department of Health and Social Services

P.O. Box 110601
Juneau, AK 99811-0601

Fax (907) 465-6861