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State of Alaska

Injury

Injury is a serious public health problem in Alaska claiming 354 lives in 2013. Unintentional injuries, which include transportation injuries, unintentional poisoning, falls, were the third leading cause of death in Alaska, surpassed only by malignant neoplasms and diseases of the heart.1


  • Mortality statistics alone are only a tip of the iceberg. Alaska hospitals reported numerous injury-related hospital admissions.
  • Injuries impact heavily on the use of health services in the state and contribute to major funding pressures.
  • Although injury affects all groups of people, certain behavioral risk factors are closely linked to injury morbidity and mortality. For example, the lack of seatbelt use and alcohol use has been closely linked to transportation injuries.
Data from the Alaska's Bureau of Vital Statistics (ABVS) showed that2:
  • Unintentional injuries accounted for 52.4 deaths per 100,000 in Alaska in 2013.
  • 226 (10.5 per 100,000) Alaskans died from motor vehicle traffic injuries.

Data from the Alaska's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in 2014:
  • 16.1% of Alaskans ages 18 and over did not always wear a seatbelt. Men (19.6%) were less likely than women (12.2%) to always wear a seatbelt.

According to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in 20153:
  • 5.6% of high school students had never or rarely wore a seat belt when riding in a car driven by someone else. Male students (10.2%) were more likely than female students (8.5%) to say that never or rarely wore seatbelts. Alaska Native students (18.2%) were also least likely to wear seatbelts than other race/ethnic groups.
  • Approximately 9.3% of high school students (grade 9-12) stated that they had driven a car or other vehicle when they had been drinking alcohol one of more times during the past 30 days.
  • 14.3% of high school students had ridden in a car or other vehicle driven by someone who had been drinking alcohol one or more times during the past 30 days.



Although injuries affect all groups, greater risks for certain types of injuries are determined by age group, gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geography.
Structural changes, such as improved roads and better lighting in the medians and improved safety in automobiles have successfully contributed to reducing motor vehicle rates. Research has also behavioral risk reduction, including the enforcement of seatbelts use and blood alcohol limits have had a tremendous impact on reducing transportation related injuries.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services tracks national and state numbers of behavioral injuries through:

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Safety

YRBS (Youth Risk Behavior Survey) - Local Survey Examples

Safety

Sexual Violence

Suicide

Violence

YRBS (Youth Risk Behavior Survey) - Statewide Survey Examples

Safety

Sexual Violence

Suicide

Violence


The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (Ak-IBIS) web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Mon, 20 November 2017 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov ".

Content updated: Wed, 24 May 2017 10:33:33 AKDT
The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics AK-IBIS web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Mon, 20 November 2017 8:26:13 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/ ".

Content updated: Wed, 24 May 2017 10:33:33 AKDT