Take the Healthy Alaskans survey! Survey closes Feb. 20

February 7, 2019
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As the State of Alaska embarks on its next phase of planning for improving public health of Alaskans, help the State and ANTHC understand statewide health concerns by taking the Healthy Alaskans 2030 survey by clicking here. The State of Alaska, through its Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), partnered with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to create the State’s health improvement plan called Healthy Alaskans 2020. The Healthy Alaskans 2020 mission is “Healthy Alaskans in healthy communities”. The first survey launched in 2011, with the hope of understanding what the biggest health issues and concerns were for Alaska residents. Nearly 3,000 Alaskans responded, which helped establish the framework that health partners across the state are now following to improve the health of all Alaskans. “In collaboration with the State of Alaska, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium partners to focus on significant health care priorities and to develop initiatives that support our vision that Alaska Native people are the healthiest people in the world,” said Dr. Tina Woods, ANTHC Senior Director of Community Health Services. “Our Elders, leaders and communities have been empowered to share concerns about important health topics to help improve the health status of Alaska Native people. We each play a role to help promote a healthy lifestyle for our future generations.” Responses to the current survey will be used to prepare the next version of the State Health Improvement Plan, Healthy Alaskans 2030. Input from a variety of people groups, across broad demographic categories, is needed to guide the selection for health focus areas for Healthy Alaskans 2030. “We set targets for each health priority and have been tracking them over the last decade,” said Lisa McGuire, Public Health Quality & Performance Improvement Manager for the Alaska Division of Public Health. “Now that we have succeeded in meeting some of those goals, it’s time to ask Alaskans to give their input again and make sure we’re targeting the issues that the majority of Alaskans want to see addressed.” Click here to take the online survey on the Healthy Alaskans 2020 website.

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