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  • Massachusetts Uses Data Sharing to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

    Substance misuse and abuse is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States. In response to a growing opioid overdose rate in Massachusetts, Monica Bharel, MD, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Health, has made it a priority to utilize data sharing and assessment to combat the epidemic.

  • State Legislation Surrounding Tobacco At 21 Laws

    Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. In 2015, a report from the Institute of Medicine estimated that there would be 249,000 fewer premature deaths if 21 became the nationwide minimum age of sale for tobacco products. The article discusses the various tobacco at 21 regulations and laws in states and territories.

  • Dr. Renée Joskow Discusses the Importance of Oral Health to Overall Health

    Oral health is fundamentally linked to the overall health and well-being of both the individual and the community. Improved population health will require integration between many sectors, including oral health, primary medical care, public health, human services, social services, and behavioral health services. ASTHO spoke with Renée Joskow, DDS, MPH, chief dental officer for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), about federal efforts to support this work, emphasizing the importance of oral health integration with other public health and clinical care activities.