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  • Funding Opportunities

    View details on two upcoming funding opportunities - the 2018-2019 Environmental Public Health Tracking Fellowship Program (applications due Dec. 19) and the Viral Hepatitis Epidemiologic Profiles Project (applications due Dec. 20).

  • Leading Public Health Practice Though Health Informatics and Technology Guidebook

    ASTHO’s guidebook, Leading Public Health Practice Through Health Informatics and Technology, provides additional information on achieving bidirectional data exchange and preparing for eCR adoption and implementation.

  • 2019 Primary Care Office Training Academy

    ASTHO and NOSORH are pleased to announce a request for mentee applications for the 2019 PCO Training Academy, supported with funding from HRSA. In this training opportunity, new or new-to-their-role PCO staff are matched with experienced PCO mentors over the course of several months. Mentors and mentees will also participate in an in-person training academy kick-off meeting. Applications are due January 24, 2019.

  • Sexual Violence Prevention: Legislation Scan

    This ASTHOReport examines adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and housing stability legislation during the 2018 session.

  • Investing in STD Prevention: Making the Case for Your Jurisdiction

    These customizable factsheets were designed to show the impact of STD program funding on disease burden and associated medical costs.

  • Behavioral and Public Health Interconnection

    This ASTHOReport outlines recommendations from public health leaders in connecting behavioral and public health systems through partnerships, financing, data and policy.

  • States Work Across Agencies to Inform Opioid Prescribing Practices

    This ASTHOBrief describes how Pennsylvania and Virginia advanced regulatory measures to address substance use disorder prevention and treatment with a focus on opioid prescribing practices and provider education.

  • 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.

ASTHO President's Challenge Initiatives

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


Join your colleagues and participate in various discussion topics on my.ASTHO, ASTHO's collaboration and discussion platform. ASTHO members can access the platform here.

Find your state health agency and health official


  • ASTHO Member Spotlight: Norman Oliver

    Norman Oliver, MD, MA, is state health commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Prior to this, Oliver served as the department’s deputy commissioner for population health. Oliver was previously the Walter M. Seward Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. As state health commissioner, Oliver is committed to a cross-agency and multi-sector approach to implementing population health initiatives, with a long record of accomplishments in research and community health work related to health disparities.

  • State Legislation to Improve Flu Vaccination Rates

    Last week, CDC celebrated National Influenza Vaccination Week to bring awareness to the importance of the flu vaccine. CDC recommends that everyone over the age of six months, unless advised otherwise by their healthcare provider, get an annual flu vaccine. Getting the flu vaccine not only reduces the risks of getting the flu but also lowers the risk of hospitalization and missing school or work and helps to protect those at the greatest risk of suffering flu-related complications, such as young children, older adults, and pregnant women.

  • The Intersection of Health and Housing: CMS’s Potential Medicaid Investments

    Emerging evidence indicates that affordable, safe, and stable housing directly impacts an individual’s health and wellbeing, including the ability to manage chronic diseases and mental conditions, maintain personal hygiene, access education and employment, and build healthy relationships. Individuals experiencing homelessness face illness at three to six times the rate of housed individuals and are three to four times more likely to prematurely die than the general population. Furthermore, conditions like asthma can be exacerbated by poorly maintained housing conditions, and neighborhood conditions can inhibit an individual’s ability to support a healthy lifestyle.