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  • Texas Takes Action on Congenital Syphilis: A Conversation With John Hellerstedt

    ASTHO spoke with John Hellerstedt, MD, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, about Texas’s efforts to tackle congenital syphilis, how recent legislative changes and innovative projects are helping Texas prevent and respond to congenital syphilis, and how other health officials can get involved in their own communities.

  • An Ounce of Prevention for Sexual Violence

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to recognize and address the public health consequences of sexual violence on individuals and communities. Responding to sexual violence and lessening its impact on communities often requires the coordination and collaboration of state agencies.

  • The Role of Public Health in Mental Health Awareness

    May 4 is Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. Learn about how public health plays a critical role in creating healthy conditions for children and addressing mental health disparities.