What's New
  • Nominate Colleagues for the 2018 Public Health Awards

    The deadline to nominate professionals and programs for ASTHO's 2018 Public Health Awards has been extended to June 29. Submit your nominations now.

  • ASTHO's 2018 Annual Meeting

    Registration is now open for ASTHO's 2018 Annual Meeting. This premier public health event is the largest gathering of state and territorial health officials, federal public health officials, academic leaders, private sector health industry executives and leading public health nonprofit agencies.

  • 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 new 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.

  • Summary: The Administration's FY 2018 Budget

    This resource summarizes the Administration's FY 2018 Budget Blueprint.

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.

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  • New CMS Medicaid-CHIP Scorecard Creates a Pivotal Moment for Public Health Partnership

    On June 4, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new scorecard that may serve as a new opportunity for state/territorial health agency (S/THA) leadership to collaborate with Medicaid agencies, especially at this early phase of development. The new scorecard combines quality metrics and collectively measures the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and state Medicaid programs. CMS intends for the scorecard to be a tool for states to learn from high-achieving peers and contribute to the development of best practices; however, a great deal of uncertainty remains around the scorecard’s use and general reliability. S/THA leadership may consider this as an opportunity to fulfill the role of chief health strategists and partner with their sister Medicaid agencies to jointly improve population health and quality measures, as well as to engage in broader joint strategic planning and priority setting.

  • Cara Christ: Keeping Arizona Prepared

    This year, when CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response released its annual 2018 National Snapshot, Arizona received high marks for public health preparedness, including top scores for emergency operations coordination and public health laboratory testing. ASTHO spoke with Cara Christ, MD, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), about the department’s preparedness priorities, last year’s opioid and wildfire response, as well as collaborations with local health departments to help address these issues and improve preparedness around the state.

  • New York State Department of Health Shares QI Approach for Solving Childcare Inspection Problem

    A culture of continuous quality improvement (QI) is considered the gold standard that many health departments seek to achieve. By improving overall performance and quality, health departments can become more effective and efficient, cut costs, and get better results for the communities they serve. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is well on its way to creating such a culture. Half of the department’s employees—nearly 2,250 individuals—have received QI training and the other half plan to do so within the next year. While the agency utilizes several QI approaches and tools, including Plan-Do-Study-Act and Lean, there are two tools they use consistently: fishbone diagrams and the five whys method.