Complete Indicator Profile of Unintentional Injury Mortality Rate (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 16)
DefinitionUnintentional deaths due to all causes per 100,000 population.
NumeratorNumber of unintentional injury deaths.
DenominatorMid-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 PracticesAs 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.
Develop an implement a collaborative approach to reducing fatalities resulting from falls by older Alaskans.
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: http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/index.html
Form a task force to determine effective approaches to decreasing poisoning deaths and improve data collection.
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:
Promote best practices for reducing transportation related deaths by improving data collection and promoting new and existing strategies.
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 ServicesAlaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Injury Prevention
Alaska Injury Prevention Center
Alaska Poison Control Center
(for general information)
1-800-222-1222 (emergency hotline)
Use Only As Directed
NATIONAL WEB SITES:
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
Relevant Population CharacteristicsAlaska 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
US - 2011 Preliminary
Data NotesHealthy 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.
More Resources and LinksAlaska 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