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Births to persons with less-than-adequate prenatal care (APNCU) in Alaska

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The percent of persons receiving less-than-adequate prenatal care as measured by the Adequacy of Prenatal Care Utilization (APNCU) index by Alaska Public Health Region. It classifies care into four levels: adequate plus, adequate, intermediate, or inadequate.  Less than adequate prenatal care is a combination of intermediate and inadequate care. The index incorporates the month a pregnant person begins getting care, the number of prenatal visits, and the gestational age of the baby at birth.  This is a 5-year moving average. 
Region is determined by maternal residence, not site of delivery. 

Data Source

Alaska Section of Health Analytics and Vital Records
More data on this topic can be found using the Alaska Maternal and Child Health Indicators site, Alaska Department of Health, Division of Public Health, Section of Women's, Children's, and Family Health; Prenatal care in Alaska dashboard accessed on: 2023-10-09.


Five years of data were combined to minimize the unreliability of measurement due to the small number of actual events. The reported values are a rolling average across five years.  For example, we report the average value across the years 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.

Last Updated

July 2023