Complete Indicator Profile of Education - High School Diploma or Equivalency - 18-24 Year Olds (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 25)
Definition18-24 year olds with a high school diploma or equivalency
NumeratorNumber of 18-24 year olds with a high school diploma or equivalency
DenominatorMidyear resident population of 18-24 year olds within the same calendar year.
Why Is This Important?Income, education, and financial resources are considered key social determinants of health. The lack of such resources limits individuals' ability to obtain health insurance, pay for medical care, afford healthy food, safe housing, and access to other basic goods. Children in poverty face greater morbidity and mortality due to greater risk of accidental injury, lack of health care access, and poor educational achievement. Early (or prenatal) poverty may result in development damage. Level of educational attainment influences employment opportunities and income, which in turn impact other social determinants of health, including access to health care. Education can have multigenerational implications that make it an important measure for the health of future generations.
Healthy People Objective ECBP-6:Increase the proportion of the population that completes high school education
U.S. Target: 97.9 percent
State Target: Healthy Alaskans 2020 Target: 86% for 18-24 year olds
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Graphical Data Views
Percentage of 18-24 year olds with a high school diploma or equivalency, all Alaskans, Alaska Natives, and U.S., 2005-2020
Data NotesHealthy Alaskans 2020 Target: 86% for 18-24 year olds
** indicates preceding years summarized for Alaska Natives or Data Not Available.
Includes those 18-24 years old with a high school diploma (includes equivalency) or higher education (some college, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, graduate or professional degree). Alaska Native data are available for 5-year estimates and is shown for the last year of the 5-year period.
Data SourcesACS American Community Survey 1
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Page Content Updated On 12/01/2013, Published on 12/01/2013