BRAIN INJURY IN ALASKA

Each year 701 people are hospitalized for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Alaska, according to the Alaska State Trauma Registry Hospitalization Data compiled by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC). This information was created to provide all Alaskans with the incidence rates  of brain injuries in their region as well as how we can work to prevent them.

The 3rd Edition of the Alaska Native Injury Atlas was published in March 2020. Also compiled by ANTHC, this full report includes comparisons of  AI/AN populations with non-Native population plus National population data.


STATISTICS

  • Alaska has one of the highest rates of TBI in the nation
  • There are an estimated 10,000 Alaskans living with disability due to brain injury
  • Each year 800 Alaskans are hospitalized (more than new diagnoses for breast and lung cancer combined)
  • 150 Alaskans die due to brain injury each year
  • An estimated 38% of hospitalizations from brain injury result in permanent disability
  • An estimated 247 Alaskans become permanently disabled due to traumatic brain injury each year
  • Alaska is among a small number of states that lack a TBI rehabilitation program

Different Age Groups have different activities that result in highest numbers of TBI:

AGE
Activities with the Most TBI
0-9
Falls
10-19
Motor Vehicle / ATV, Snow Machine
20-39
Motor Vehicle, Assault
40+
Falls, Motor Vehicle