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ANCHORAGE - Preliminary results from the initial Healthy Alaskans 2020 survey have been released. Alaskans were invited to take the survey between Sept. 17 and Oct. 22, 2012. The results will be used to formulate the next survey, which will be designed to further narrow the list of leading health issues. The process is expected to guide health efforts in our state based on common health goals over the next decade.
Healthy Alaskans 2020 survey results released 121912 HEALTH 1 Capital City Weekly ANCHORAGE - Preliminary results from the initial Healthy Alaskans 2020 survey have been released. Alaskans were invited to take the survey between Sept. 17 and Oct. 22, 2012. The results will be used to formulate the next survey, which will be designed to further narrow the list of leading health issues. The process is expected to guide health efforts in our state based on common health goals over the next decade.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Healthy Alaskans 2020 survey results released

ANCHORAGE - Preliminary results from the initial Healthy Alaskans 2020 survey have been released. Alaskans were invited to take the survey between Sept. 17 and Oct. 22, 2012. The results will be used to formulate the next survey, which will be designed to further narrow the list of leading health issues. The process is expected to guide health efforts in our state based on common health goals over the next decade.

According to the more than 1,500 Alaskans who responded to the survey, the top 10 health issues important to Alaskans, in order of priority, are:

alcohol use and abuse;

cost of health care;

diet, exercise and obesity;

other substance abuse;

violence;

community safety;

quality of life and well-being;

sexual and reproductive practices;

chronic disease related health outcomes; and

education.

Questions in the survey were divided into five main categories: Health Behaviors, Access to Care, Social and Economic Factors, Physical Environment, and Health Outcomes. The top concerns for each of the categories included:

Please select the specific Health Behaviors you are most concerned about:

Overweight and obesity 15.4 percent

Heavy drinking 9.6 percent

Illegal drug use 7.4 percent

Please select the specific Access to Care topic you are most concerned about:

Ability to pay for health care 39.2 percent

Having a regular health care provider in your area 12.9 percent

Please select the general Social and Economic Factor you are most concerned about:

Individuals and families living in poverty 11.5 percent

Having enough household income 11.0 percent

People driving while intoxicated 10.2 percent

Child maltreatment 8.4 percent

Please select the general Physical Environment topic you are most concerned about:

Access to healthy foods (including in schools) 20.6 percent

Access to recreational activity and physical activity (including P.E. in schools) 19.1 percent

Availability of safe places to walk and bike 15.6 percent

Access to clean water and waste-water services 9.4 percent

Please select the specific Health Outcome topic you are most concerned about:

Mental health 16.3 percent

Drugs or alcohol-related deaths 15.1 percent

Poor health or death due to overweight or obesity 12.3 percent

Health-related quality of life 12.2 percent

Suicide 11.5 percent

The complete report is available on the Healthy Alaskans 2020 website at ha2020.alaska.gov. The next survey period begins Jan. 15, 2013. The survey will once again be open to all Alaskans at ha.2020.alaska.gov.


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