Alaska is the largest state and covers 571,951 square miles, with a 2015 estimated population of 738,432 people – 239,011 living in rural Alaska (USDA-ERS). Juneau, the capital, is located in the southeastern coastal region of the state. The state’s largest cities are Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 66.5% of the state’s population is white, 14.8% is Alaskan Native/American Indian, 6.3% is Asian, 3.9% is African-American/Black, and 7.0% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (U.S. Census, 2015).
Alaska Rural Healthcare Facilities
There are 21 hospitals in Alaska (Kaiser, 2015). The state has 14 hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 2/2017). There are zero Rural Health Clinics in Alaska (Alaska SORH), and 29 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 177 sites in the state (NACHC, 2015).
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Alaska
Most Alaskans have some form of health insurance coverage, although 14% of its residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2014). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Alaskans in 2015 was $56,147, although rural per-capita income lagged at $53,603. The ERS reports, based on 2015 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Alaska is 14.2%, compared with 8.5% in urban areas of the state. 9.8% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 6.9% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2011-2015 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Alaska is at 8.4%, while in urban Alaska it is at 5.6% (USDA-ERS, 2015).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Alaska State Office of Rural Health; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; National Association of Community Health Centers: Key Health Center Data By State; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets
Collects and disseminates rural health care information and data; is engaged in health care provider recruitment and retention; provides technical assistance to rural providers, hospital and communities; and coordinates rural health policy analysis.
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Last Reviewed: 4/25/2016