Health Information for Medical Professionals in Alaska
Alaska was ranked as the 35th in terms of overall health in 2011 by americashealthrankings.org. The state dropped 5 ranks between 2010 and 2011. 25 percent of Alaskan adults are obese, with 2 out of every 3 adults being obese or overweight. Within the largest school district in the state, over one-third of K-12 children are overweight.
The percentage of binge drinking is at almost 20 percent among the adult population, with a significantly higher rate in the male population than in the female population. Binge drinking is defined as having more than 5 alcoholic drinks for men, or 4 alcoholic drinks for women, during a one month period during one occasion or more. The percentage of the population that smokes is around 20 percent, a 5 percent decrease within the past few years.
The amount of children under the age of 18 living in poverty has increased to 16 percent—a 5 percent jump since 2001. The Alaskan population is ranked number one in the country for their low prevalence of diabetes. Only 5 percent of Alaskans are living with the disease, nearly 30,000 people. But the disease is on the rise, showing an increase of over 10,000 cases since 2001.
Alaska’s strong points are the low amount of air pollution, low percentage of diabetes, and high public health funding per person. The state spends about $78 a year on each individual’s health care, the 4th highest amount of funding in the country.
Weaknesses include the high percentage of binge drinking, high violent crime rate, and high prevalence of infectious diseases. Alaska’s overall public health is predicted to possibly decline over time.
ACLS certification is an important qualification for many medical professions in Alaska. The ACLS Certification Institute offers online programs for EMTs, RNs, and other medical professionals who would wish to add this credential to their training experience.
Frequently Asked Questions about ACLS in Alaska
Do Alaskan medical establishments accept your online ACLS program?
|Interior Region EMS Council||2503 18th Ave|
Fairbanks, AK 99709-5151
|Southeast Region Ems||100 Clothilde Bahovec Way|
Sitka, AK 99835-9548
|Southern Region EMS||6130 Tuttle Pl|
Anchorage, AK 99507-7102
|Mat-Su Regional Medical Center||2500 S Woodworth Loop|
Palmer, AK 99645-8984
|Central Mat-Su Fire Dept||101 W. Swanson Ave.|
Wasilla, AK 99654
|LifeMed Alaska||6320 S. Airpark|
Anchorage, AK 99502
|Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation||PO Box 528|
Bethel, AK 99559
|Guardina Flight||4510 Old Internatinal Airport Rd|
Anchorage, AK 99512
|South Peninsula Hospital||4300 Bartlett Street|
Homer, AK 99603
Alaska became the 49th state in 1959. The state capitol of Alaska is Juneau with a population of nearly 40,000 people (2005 Census). The largest city in Alaska is Anchorage which boasts over 275,000 people, which is a significantly higher population than all ten of the largest cities in the state. Alaska’s total population is 663,661 (2005 Census). Alaska is comprised of 571,951 square miles of forest, glaciers, lakes, volcanoes, and other geographical areas.
The state flower of Alaska is the forget-me-not. The state bird is the Willow Ptarmigan. Alaska has no state insect or butterfly; however the state marine mammal is the bowhead whale. Alaska is known for being one of the top sources of fishing and wildlife in the United States. Alaska has an interesting history beginning with its purchase for a mere 2 cents per acre in 1867 by William Seward from the Russians. It couldn’t be known at the time, but this large, unexplored piece of land would soon open the doors to many historical events.
In 1968 near Prudhoe Bay, what is considered to be the largest oil field in North America was discovered. This oil field is home to 10 billion barrels of oil, and nearly 27 trillion cubic feet of gas. This discovery is what led to the completion of the Trans-Alaska pipeline, which transports the oil through 800 miles of pipes from Prudhoe Bay to the port of Valdez. Tourism in Alaska is never dull. Whether it is cruising around the beautiful glaciers on a boat, or exploring the mountains and viewing the wildlife, there is plenty to see in this diverse state.
Alaska is known as the land of the midnight sun because the state sees so much daylight throughout much of the year. In the Arctic Circle portions of Alaska, the sun does not rise for a whole day in the winter, and does not set for a whole day in the summer. The remainder of the state sees an average of nineteen hours of daylight in the summer months, and an average of five hours of daylight in the winter months. There are not as many celebrities from Alaska as many of the other states; however Alaska is unique in that all of its residents are celebrities of survival. Alaska sees some of the harshest, most unpredictable weather of any state.
Our online ACLS courses are accepted in the following major Alaska cities: