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Promotion, Prevention, and Preparedness for Alaskans with Disabilities: the Alaska Health and Disability Program

 

About the Program

The Alaska Health and Disability Program aims to improve health outcomes for Alaskans with disabilities, which currently includes about 23% of the state’s population (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012).

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:

  • 37.2 % of Alaskan adults with disabilities are characterized as obese, as compared with 23.7% of Alaskans without disabilities†
  • 31.5% of Alaskan adults with disabilities report no physical activity in a 30-day period as compared with 18.4% of Alaskans without disabilities†
  • 39.8% of Alaskan adults with disabilities report their general health as fair or poor as compared with 6.1% of Alaskans without disabilities†

†BRFSS 2012

For more information on health and disability in Alaska, take a look at our fact sheets:

The Alaska Health and Disability Program current activities include:

  • Providing technical assistance and other support to existing community-wide initiatives designed to improve the health of Alaskans with disabilities;
  • Building a cross-agency Health and Disability Program Committee that reviews and evaluates program activities, assists with sustainability plans, and provides recommendations for policy change;
  • Developing new trainings for Alaskans with disabilities and their care providers.;
  • Providing Adaptive Physical Activity workshops for regional school districts in partnership with Accessible PE Consulting, LLC; and
  • Developing our three-year strategic plan based on the results of our statewide needs assessment and most recent BRFSS data.

The Alaska Health and Disability Program is supported by a grant from the CDC’s State Disability & Health Program. We are housed within the Section of Women’s, Children’s, and Family Health and work closely with our partners in the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education.

For more information on how to get involved, contact