What's New
  • Region 1 and 2 Opioid Best Practices 2018

    Region I and II state and territorial health officials developed this resource on opioid prevention and treatment best practices. This report is the culmination of a year-long multidisciplinary committee, chaired by Monica Bharel (SHO-MA), working with ASTHO as part of the 2017-2018 President’s Challenge.

  • Early Brain Development

    ASTHO published a suite of early brain development materials for state and territorial health officials, agency staff members, and other key partners to use for the development and implementation of evidence-based approaches for healthy early brain development.

  • Introducing the Center for Population Health Strategies

    ASTHO’s newly launched Center for Population Health Strategies shares proven and cost-effective population health improvement approaches with state and territorial health officials and their leadership teams.

  • Public Health is All Around You Infographic

    The work of public health is often invisible, but it saves lives every day. Whether you see them or not, state and territorial public health professionals work 24/7 to protect us from health threats, promote our health, and prevent us from experiencing diseases. This infographic shows how public health keeps you and your community healthy.

  • Building a Healthier Nation: The State of State and Territorial Public Health

    ASTHO’s report highlights the five biggest public health issues facing state and territorial health agencies in 2018. The nation’s opioid crisis remains a high priority, while infectious diseases and other threats strain the capacity of our public health system. The report calls for sustained investments to promote health, prevent disease, and protect America’s health security.

  • ASTHO Profile of State and Territorial Public Health

    The ASTHO Profile presents longitudinal data on public health agency activities, structure, and resources, as well as individual agency profiles for all those who participated in the 2016 survey. In addition to the full report, ASTHO developed three infographics, a top findings report, and an animated video.

Recent Publications
  • ASTHO’s Guide on Getting Started with the CDC’s 6|18 Initiative

    ASTHO developed a tool for use by state Medicaid and public health agency staff to help them determine whether their agencies want to form a team to implement evidence-based interventions identified in the CDC’s 6|18 Initiative: Accelerating Evidence into Action. State teams can use this tool to collect information on current programs, consider 6|18’s alignment with current health priorities, and identify important stakeholders to engage.

  • Vermont Falls Prevention Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative Issue Brief

    This issue brief provides an overview of the Vermont Falls Prevention Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative, developed by ASTHO in partnership with CDC and the Vermont Department of Health (VDH). Four counties and affiliated hospitals participated in the learning collaborative, including Bennington (Southwestern Vermont Medical Center), Newport (North Country Hospital), Burlington (University of Vermont Medical Center), and Lebanon (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire). This brief also describes the counties’ progress following the project’s implementation, and provides strategies and lessons learned that other states and territories can use to promote and implement interventions to reduce older adult falls.

  • Improving Drug Specificity and Completeness on Death Certificates for Overdose Deaths Meeting Report

    This meeting report highlights contributions from several key experts on barriers and opportunities related to improving the entirety and specificity of drug information on death certificates for overdose deaths. The report includes information on the death investigation and death certificate completion processes, key priorities for improving drug specificity on death certificates, and short and long-term strategies to addressing this issue.

  • Social Determinants of Health: A Quick Reference Guide for State Offices of Rural Health and State and Territorial Health Officials

    This quick reference guide, written in collaboration with the National Organizations of State Offices of Rural Health, outlines some of the major social determinants of health, which research shows has a large impact on health status. The document is aimed at familiarizing state offices of rural health and state and territorial health officials with the impacts of social determinants of health on rural populations. The guide outlines key interplays between health status and the social issues of housing, transportation, education, and food insecurity, and provides targeted resources and state examples to help public health officials learn more and take action on these significant drivers of health status, outcomes, and costs.

  • Territorial Public Health Performance and Accreditation 101

    ASTHO has developed “Territorial Public Health Performance and Accreditation 101: A Resource and Guide for Territorial Health Agencies. This guide is designed to provide THAs with a simple framework for improving their territorial public health systems’ overall performance, as well as the health of the communities they serve.

ASTHO President's Challenge Initiatives

A yearly initiative of ASTHO to improve population health through the work of state public health agencies.

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  • Larry Cohen Reflects on a Career in Public Health and the Future of Prevention

    Larry Cohen is founder and executive director of the Prevention Institute, a national nonprofit that works to shape the way the country thinks about health and prevention. This October, the Prevention Institute celebrates its 21-year anniversary and Cohen plans to retire. ASTHO recently spoke to Cohen about his leadership, how to maximize the value of prevention work to breakdown silos and better support communities, what excites him most about the current generation of public health leaders, and strategies to advance public health prevention and innovation.

  • As Urgent Care Centers Increase, Licensing Authority Falling Under State Health Agencies

    The number of urgent care centers in the United States is rapidly growing. According to an urgent care trade association, the number of centers grew by five percent between 2016 and 2017, from 7,271 to 7,639. Additionally, the number of private insurance claim lines for urgent care centers (i.e., the individual procedures listed on an insurance claim) increased by 1,725 percent between 2007 and 2016, more than seven times the growth of emergency room claim lines in the same period. Poor access to primary care, overburdened primary care providers, and emergency room wait times and overcrowding are seen as contributing factors to the increase in urgent care centers over the last five years.

  • Rhode Island Coordinates Statewide Efforts to Address Lead Exposure in Maternal and Child Health Populations

    Oct. 11 is Children’s Environmental Health Day, a day to raise awareness around children’s health issues, share successes and new initiatives, and discuss ongoing challenges. Children continue to face high rates of chronic diseases and developmental disabilities linked to environmental exposures. One of the harmful environmental exposures that state health agencies have prioritized is lead.