Complete Indicator Profile - Unintentional Injury Mortality Rate (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 16)

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Complete Indicator Profile of Unintentional Injury Mortality Rate (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 16)


Unintentional deaths due to all causes per 100,000 population.


Number of unintentional injury deaths.


Mid-year resident population for the same calendar year, adjusted to rate per 100,000.

Why Is This Important?

Alaska experiences one of the highest unintentional injury rates in the nation. In 2011, unintentional injury was the third leading cause of death for all Alaskans, with poisonings and motor vehicle accidents accounting for the highest number of unintentional injury deaths. Unintentional injuries disproportionately affect the younger population and are a leading cause of death among children and young adults and the leading cause of years of potential life lost in Alaska.

Healthy People Objective IVP-11:

Reduce unintentional injury deaths
U.S. Target: 36.0 deaths per 100,000 population
State Target: Healthy Alaskans 2020 Target: 54.8 per 100,000 population

Evidence-based Practices

As part of the Healthy Alaskans 2020 health improvement process, groups of Alaskan subject matter experts met over a period of months in a rigorous review process to identify and prioritize strategies to address the 25 health priorities. Public health partners around the state are aligning work around these approaches adapted to Alaska's unique needs. Below are the strategies identified for enhancing adolescent support systems.

Strategy 1:
Develop an implement a collaborative approach to reducing fatalities resulting from falls by older Alaskans.

Evidence Base:
Preventing falls to older adults takes a multi-partner, multi-intervention approach. Success requires home-modification, physical activities, vision correction, review of all of medications and multifaceted interventions. While any activity engaged in on its own might show slight impact, overall success requires a collaborative, multi-pronged approach.

CDC: Falls - Older Adults:

Strategy 2:
Form a task force to determine effective approaches to decreasing poisoning deaths and improve data collection.

Evidence Base:
Unintentional poisoning deaths are increasing each year in Alaska and throughout the country. Promising practices for reducing prescription drug overdose deaths include implementing prescription drug monitoring programs, providing access to Naloxone, screening by physicians, and creating immunity laws. Other recommendations address childhood poisoning from household chemicals and carbon monoxide. However, there has not been a thorough multidisciplinary approach to poison prevention in Alaska, and there is insufficient information about the prescription drug poisoning problem in Alaska to assess how to address it.

Prevention of Prescription Drug Overdose and Abuse:
Office of National Drug Control Policy - Prescription Drug Abuse:
Prescription Drug Overdose: State Laws:
CDC Tips to Prevent Poisonings:

Strategy 3:
Promote best practices for reducing transportation related deaths by improving data collection and promoting new and existing strategies.

Evidence Base:
Multiple Alaskan strategic plans reference practices known to reduce some forms of transportation related deaths. However, there is less information about best practices for preventing deaths involving off highway vehicles, used both on and off roads.

Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Strategic Highway Safety Plan:
Alaska Traffic Records Coordinating Committee. Alaska Traffic Records Strategic Plan.
2014. Retrieved from

Available Services

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Injury Prevention

Alaska Injury Prevention Center
(907) 929-3939

Alaska Poison Control Center
(for general information)
1-800-222-1222 (emergency hotline)

Use Only As Directed


National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

National Highway Transportation Safety Administration

National SAFE KIDS Campaign

Children's Safety Network

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Related Indicators

Relevant Population Characteristics

Alaska males are significantly more likely to experience an unintentional injury death compared to females.

Related Health Care System Factors Indicator Profiles:

Related Risk Factors Indicator Profiles:

Graphical Data Views

Unintentional injury mortality rate (age-adjusted), all Alaskans, Alaska Natives, and U.S., 1991-2020

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US - 2011 Preliminary

Alaska Comparisons Year Rate of unintentional injury mortality per 100,000
Record Count: 50
All Alaskans 2000 63.9
All Alaskans 2001 61.0
All Alaskans 2002 59.0
All Alaskans 2003 55.2
All Alaskans 2004 54.8
All Alaskans 2005 50.3
All Alaskans 2006 52.2
All Alaskans 2007 56.6
All Alaskans 2008 54.0
All Alaskans 2009 53.3
All Alaskans 2010 58.5
All Alaskans 2011 57.1
All Alaskans 2012 53.8
All Alaskans 2013 52.4
Alaska Natives 2000 120.1
Alaska Natives 2001 120.2
Alaska Natives 2002 106.5
Alaska Natives 2003 81.7
Alaska Natives 2004 94.5
Alaska Natives 2005 108.2
Alaska Natives 2006 101.3
Alaska Natives 2007 113.7
Alaska Natives 2008 102.7
Alaska Natives 2009 131.9
Alaska Natives 2010 100.4
Alaska Natives 2011 99.7
Alaska Natives 2012 117.8
Alaska Natives 2013 99.2
U.S. 2000 34.8
U.S. 2001 35.6
U.S. 2002 37.1
U.S. 2003 37.7
U.S. 2004 38.3
U.S. 2005 39.9
U.S. 2006 40.8
U.S. 2007 41.1
U.S. 2008 40.1
U.S. 2009 38.5
U.S. 2010 39.1
U.S. 2011 39.4
U.S. 2012 39.1
U.S. 2013 39.4
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2013 54.8
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2014 54.8
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2015 54.8
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2016 54.8
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2017 54.8
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2018 54.8
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2019 54.8
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2020 54.8

Data Notes

Healthy Alaskans 2020 Target: 54.8 per 100,000 population

Rates are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population.

** Data Not Available

Unintentional injury is defined by ICD-9 codes E800-E869, E880-E929 and ICD-10 codes V01-X59, Y85-Y86. Does not include legal intervention.

Data Sources

  • Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics, Division of Public Health, Department of Health and Social Services
  • National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)

More Resources and Links

Alaska and national goals may be found at the following sites:

Maps of health indicators for various subdivisions of Alaska may be found at the following site:

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

For an on-line medical dictionary, click on this Dictionary link.

Page Content Updated On 01/14/2015, Published on 01/15/2015
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Content updated: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:18:02 AKST