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  • ASTHO Hosts 75th Anniversary National Symposium on Reaching Consensus on Public Health Challenges

    ASTHO will celebrate its 75th anniversary by hosting a series of special events throughout the year to recognize its members’ significant contributions to public health. This week, ASTHO organized a symposium discussion focused on building consensus on difficult issues, such as climate change, firearm safety, and reproductive health. A distinguished panel of public health leaders explored effective ways to promote health and prevent disease while also addressing controversy, conflict, and disagreement.

  • Jay Butler Reflects on ASTHO’s 75th Anniversary

    In advance of ASTHO’s 75th anniversary year, which kicked off this week with a symposium on public health challenges and opportunities, we spoke with Jay Butler, MD, ASTHO president, and director and chief medical officer of the Division of Public Health and Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, about lessons learned as a public health leader, what he considers the most important public health achievements over the past 75 years, and which public health issues he believes will be a priority in the coming 75 years.

  • State Legislatures Explore Taxing Prescription Opioids to Raise Revenue for Prevention and Treatment

    Since 2015, legislators in at least seven states, as well as Congress, have introduced 15 bills to finance substance use disorder prevention and treatment activities by imposing a surcharge, tax, or fee on prescription opioids.