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  • New York State and Pennsylvania Strengthen State Biomonitoring Efforts for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances

    ASTHO recently awarded two $175,000 grants to the New York State Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to support biomonitoring efforts for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Through this grant funded by CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), these state health agencies will implement and evaluate CDC/ATSDR’s PFAS Exposure Assessment Technical Tools, which are designed to measure and evaluate community exposures to PFAS in drinking water.

  • Virginia’s Successful Clinical-Community Care Model to Address Hypertension Set to Expand Across the Commonwealth

    Marissa Levine was appointed Virginia State Health Commissioner by Gov. Terry McAuliffe effective March 14, 2014. Levine previously held the positions of chief deputy commissioner for public health and preparedness and deputy commissioner for public health and preparedness. Prior to this role, Levine directed local health departments in two districts within Virginia starting in 2002. Levine is a board-certified family physician who also received a Masters of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

  • Overview of State Litigation to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

    As opioid-related deaths continue to increase, state and local governments are directing more resources to healthcare and criminal justice systems to address the epidemic. All branches of state government are developing policies, programmatic interventions, and strategies to respond to this public health crisis. This includes disaster declarations issued by governors’ offices, state legislation, as well as litigation filed by state attorneys general (AGs) and other executive agencies.