A review of Alaskan health issues conducted by Healthy Alaskans 2020 in conjunction with the state DHS resulted in a list of the state’s 25 biggest public health issues. Featuring many of the state’s traditional problems such as drug abuse, suicide, and abuse, the list gives a comprehensive picture of the medical and social issues facing Alaskan adults.
After a thorough review of the list, health officials have devised a series of goals for the state. Focusing on progress that can realistically be made by the year 2020, the Alaskan government has identified two primary objectives.
Firstly, the state seeks to reduce problems related to obesity by achieving a 2 percent decline in the number of obese and overweight Alaskans. Similarly, the state would like to increase the number of residents who report being physically active across the board.
Secondly, Alaskan officials wish to diminish the rates of domestic violence in the state. Officials would like to see 11% or less of the population impacted by domestic violence or spousal abuse.