Jay Butler Represents ASTHO at AMA House of Delegates Interim Meeting

December 14, 2017|4:56 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

On Nov. 11-14, ASTHO Immediate Past-President Jay Butler, chief medical officer for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, attended the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates Interim Meeting. Read More »

State Strategies Encouraging Vaccination

December 14, 2017|2:18 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

With flu season underway, there is still time to get vaccinated and help reduce the spread of flu. As the year ends and 2018 begins, ASTHO will continue to track state and territorial vaccination legislation and keep members informed. Read More »

Relish Rhody: Rhode Island’s Innovative Comprehensive Food Strategy

December 14, 2017|12:38 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

A community’s food scene is a central part of what makes it an attractive place to live, visit, and raise a family or business. In an effort to grow Rhode Island’s economy and support healthy families and communities, Rhode Island developed a comprehensive food strategy known as Relish Rhody. With the support of many partners, Relish Rhody envisions a sustainable, equitable food system that builds on Rhode Island’s traditions, strengths, and history while encouraging innovation and supporting the local food economy in a way that benefits all Rhode Islanders. Read More »

Striving to Improve Influenza Immunization Uptake in Hispanic Adults in New York State

December 08, 2017|10:53 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

While scientific data and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agree that the influenza (flu) vaccine is the best way to prevent and reduce the number and severity of illnesses caused by the influenza virus, lower flu vaccination coverage persists within the U.S. population and is even lower in racial and ethnic minorities. Specifically, in New York State, influenza and pneumonia is ranked in the top five leading causes of death among Hispanics, in part due to lower rates of vaccine coverage due to vaccine hesitancy. Vaccine hesitancy is a behavior in which individuals may delay or refuse vaccines due to a variety of factors including misconceptions or misinformation about vaccines, lack of general knowledge about vaccines, and other socio-cultural factors. Read More »

Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana

December 07, 2017|4:57 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Currently, 31 states and territories, as well as Washington, D.C., authorize the use of medical marijuana and establish the qualifying or debilitating conditions a person must have before being allowed to use it. While all legislatures can add or remove the conditions for medical marijuana, many have delegated the authority to approve new qualifying or debilitating conditions to state and territorial health agencies. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Lance Himes

December 07, 2017|1:27 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Lance Himes is director for the Ohio Department of Health. Before serving as director, Himes served in the agency’s legal department for more than 10 years, where he oversaw several attorneys and office staff. A successful public health attorney, Himes played a significant role in the legal implementation of Ohio’s smoke-free workplace law and rules, as well as an extensive overhaul of Ohio’s sewage treatment regulations, which helped reform the laws for the first time since 1977. As director, Himes helps drive the mission of the Ohio Department of Health—that is, to protect and improve the health of all Ohioans by preventing disease, promoting good health, and assuring access to quality care. Read More »

Tobacco Companies Highlight Deadly Health Effects of Smoking

December 01, 2017|11:13 a.m.| Marcus Plescia and Erin Boles Welsh

By the time the Pilgrims celebrated their first Thanksgiving in 1621, tobacco was an established agricultural commodity. John Rolfe is credited with introducing commercial cultivation of tobacco in Jamestown in 1612, with the first shipment sent to England in 1617. Even then, critics raised concerns about the adverse health effects of tobacco, including King James I, who described it as “loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black and stinking fume thereof, nearest resembling the horrible stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless.”. Read More »

State Legislation to Prevent Antibiotic Resistant Infections

November 30, 2017|3:44 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Each year, antibiotic resistant infections are responsible for approximately two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths in the United States. In 2017, ASTHO tracked state legislation aimed at preventing antibiotic resistance. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Thomas Williams

November 30, 2017|3:13 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Thomas Williams, MD, serves a dual role as chief medical officer and director of the Division of Public Health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to this, Williams, an anatomic and clinical pathologist with subspecialty expertise in chemical pathology, practiced medicine at the Nebraska Methodist Hospital. Read More »

Preparedness From the Field: Harry Bruce Jeffries, Jr.

November 21, 2017|4:27 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Harry Bruce Jeffries, Jr., commonly known as Jeff, is the deputy director of health protection at the Georgia Department of Public Health. In this role, Jeff oversees the state’s Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), Pubic Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP), immunization section, Office of Refugee Health, and Office of Pharmacy. . Read More »

ASTHO Thanks the Public Health Community!

November 17, 2017|3:00 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Today, ASTHO joins Research!America in celebrating Public Health Thank You Day—an opportunity to thank all of the dedicated public health professionals for their tireless work and service in helping to protect and improve the health of all people and communities. To show their gratitude for the public health workforce, members of ASTHO’s board of directors shared a few personal messages, each detailing what they are most thankful for as public health leaders. . Read More »

Opioid-related Overdoses as a Reportable Condition

November 16, 2017|4:03 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

While data shows a dramatic rise in the opioid-related overdose death rate, the rate of nonfatal opioid overdoses remains a mystery. Accurate and timely information about nonfatal opioid-related overdoses can be used to identify areas where health agencies can increase intervention measures. It can also be used by community outreach organizations to provide additional resources. . Read More »

The Power of Rural: Kim Malsam-Rysdon Discusses South Dakota Efforts to Improve Rural Health

November 13, 2017|5:39 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

On the third Thursday of November each year, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health celebrates National Rural Health Day to highlight public health and healthcare successes in rural communities across the country and provide an opportunity to discuss the challenges these communities face. With this in mind, ASTHO spoke with Kim Malsam-Rysdon, secretary of health for the South Dakota State Department of Health, to discuss South Dakota’s efforts to improve rural health statewide. Read More »

How to Make an Impact in the Lives of Low-Income and Rural Tobacco Users

November 13, 2017|3:44 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

According to CDC, factors like income level and whether one lives in a metropolitan, urban, or rural area have a significant impact on one’s likelihood to smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products. To gain a better perspective on tobacco control initiatives designed for rural and low-income tobacco users, ASTHO spoke with Donald R. Reed Jr. – a tobacco treatment specialist and faculty member with the West Virginia University Extension Service in McDowell County – after he participated in a Truth Initiative Warner Series panel discussion on eliminating tobacco use disparities. Reed’s insights on and experiences with reaching out to rural and low-income West Virginians can inform state and territorial health department efforts to deliver tobacco-free messaging and resources to populations that disproportionately shoulder the health burdens of tobacco use. Read More »

Economic Research, Policy, and Infant Health

November 09, 2017|4:48 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Recent research is expanding our understanding of how social and economic factors impact child health. Through research such as this, public health leaders are better positioned to serve as chief health strategists and partner across sectors to improve outcomes surrounding infant mortality and low birthweight. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Lillian Shirley

November 09, 2017|1:48 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Lillian Shirley is director for the Oregon Public Health Division. Before coming to Oregon, Shirley served as director of public health for the city of Boston and executive director of the Boston Health Commission, where she led the agency through the establishment, design, and organization of the new public health authority in Boston. A local and a national leader in advancing public health, Shirley has served on the boards of the Public Health Foundation, the Oregon Public Health Institute, and the Portland Sustainable Development Commission. In addition, Shirley was president of the National Association of City and County Health Officials. She received the National Public Health Institute’s Balderson Award and has been recognized by Research America as a public health hero. Read More »

Opioid Commission Recommendations and the Three-Day Rule

November 02, 2017|11:52 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

This week, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released its final report setting out 55 recommendations for addressing the national opioid crisis. The recommendations address issues such as federal funding and programs, opioid addiction prevention, and research and development. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Ed Ehlinger

November 02, 2017|10:36 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Ed Ehlinger, MD, is commissioner of health for the Minnesota Department of Health. As commissioner, Ehlinger is responsible for directing the work of the Minnesota Department of Health, which is dedicated to protecting, maintaining, and improving the health of all Minnesotans. A past-president of ASTHO, Ehlinger previously served as director and chief health officer at Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota, as well as director of Personal Health Services for the Minneapolis Health Department. Read More »

Jim Blumenstock Leads ASTHO Public Health Preparedness Efforts

October 26, 2017|2:01 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Jim Blumenstock is chief program officer for health security at ASTHO. His portfolio includes emergency preparedness and response, infectious and emerging diseases, immunization services, and environmental health. As an expert in public health preparedness, Blumenstock leads ASTHO’s state and territorial preparedness efforts, helping to ensure our nation’s health security. Read More »

States Using Coverage and Reimbursement Policy to Address the Opioid Epidemic

October 26, 2017|12:55 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved West Virginia’s demonstration waiver to create a continuum of care for individuals with substance use disorders (SUD). CMS has promoted the use of such waivers to address the opioid epidemic by implementing state-level delivery system reforms that ensure access to high-quality, evidence-based treatment and recovery services. Read More »

Using Environmental Public Health Tracking to Improve Health in Colorado: An Interview with Martha Rudolph

October 25, 2017|11:56 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

ASTHO recently spoke with Martha Rudolph, director of environmental programs at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), about how environmental public health tracking program has helped protect Colorado communities. Read More »

What a Federal Emergency Declaration for Opioids Might Look Like for States

October 19, 2017|4:40 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Earlier this week, President Trump stated that a “major announcement” about the opioid crisis would be coming shortly, probably by next week. There are a few ways the federal government could go about in declaring the opioid crisis an emergency. Below is a brief summary of the measures that could be taken at the federal level and some of the potential impacts on states. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Christopher Pezzullo

October 19, 2017|3:47 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Christopher Pezzullo, DO, is state health officer for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). A graduate of the University of New England College Of Osteopathic Medicine, Pezzullo has practiced medicine for more than 20 years as a pediatrician. Pezzullo previously served as the medical director of the division of population health at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and chief medical officer for University Health Care. Pezzullo’s clinical interests include developmental, behavioral, and integrative pediatrics. He and his family reside in Cape Elizabeth. Read More »

Public Health Leaders On Past Achievements and Future Challenges

October 12, 2017|3:52 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

With ASTHO’s 75th anniversary drawing to a close, it is important to look back and reflect on the most important public health achievements from the past 75 years, as well as anticipate issues and challenges the public health community might need to address in the coming years. With this in mind, ASTHO reached out to several public health leaders and keynote speakers from this year’s annual meeting to help answer these questions. Read More »

A Look Back at ASTHO’s “75 Ways” Campaign Featuring State and Territorial Public Health Successes

October 12, 2017|12:17 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

ASTHO launched a social media campaign to showcase successful public health initiatives and outcomes from every state, U.S. territory, and freely associated state. Visit our website to view the full collection of successes featured in the campaign as part of ASTHO’s 75th anniversary. Read More »

State Legislation Encouraging Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

October 05, 2017|3:59 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Recognizing the important need for state and territorial public health to be a leading voice during the current opioid epidemic, ASTHO will continue to highlight public health policy approaches for the prevention and treatment of opioid use disorder. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Mark Levine

October 05, 2017|12:00 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Mark Levine, MD, is commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health. Levine comes to the position from a background as a clinician-educator, practicing and teaching internal medicine, as well as a variety of administrative roles in graduate medical education at the University of Vermont and UVM Medical Center. Before being appointed commissioner, Levine served as a longstanding member of the Vermont Department of Health’s primary care-public health integration workgroup. Read More »

ASTHO’s Caregivers Learning Community Discusses Public Health Collaboration to Support Caregivers

September 29, 2017|9:33 a.m.| Tequam Tiruneh, MPH, Analyst, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, ASTHO

Eighty seven percent of U.S. adults aged 65 and above want to stay in their homes and communities as they age, according to AARP. A study titled “The Meaning of Aging in Place to Older People” found that one of the key reasons older adults prefer to age in their homes is their perception that it would allow them to maintain their independence and autonomy. As a result of this, studies have found that about 34.2 million Americans provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last 12 months. Over the past decade, there has been a steady increase in the estimated value of services provided by informal caregivers. These include help with personal care and activities such as providing transportation and paying medical bills. The economic value of caregivers was $470 billion in 2013, which showed an increase from its estimated value of $370 billion in 2007. Informal caregivers are individuals who provide daily care to permanently or temporarily disabled family members or friends. Read More »

Member Spotlight: John J. Dreyzehner

September 28, 2017|4:17 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

John Dreyzehner, MD, is commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health. A physician with more than 25 years of service in clinical and public health leadership at the federal, state, and local levels, Dreyzehner also practiced in the field of addiction medicine for several years while working to bring attention to the public health aspects of the now well-recognized epidemic. As commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health, Dreyzehner leads an agency with more than 3,500 full-time employees and more than 120 physical locations in all 95 counties in Tennessee. . Read More »

State Legislation Surrounding Medical Marijuana

September 28, 2017|1:06 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

With 29 states, two territories, and Washington, D.C. now allowing marijuana to be grown, processed, and sold for medical purposes, it is likely that more states will consider the issue during next year’s legislative sessions or through ballot initiatives next fall. ASTHO will continue to explore the ways states are responding to medical marijuana and will assist state health agencies as they consider and implement programs. Read More »

Day Two: ASTHO Annual Meeting Recap

September 21, 2017|2:32 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

ASTHO Executive Director Mike Fraser opened the second day of ASTHO’s annual meeting by presenting Immediate Past President Jay C. Butler with an award recognizing his contributions, leadership, and dedication to ASTHO over the past year. Read More »

ASTHO Policy Summit & Anniversary Gala Recap

September 20, 2017|8:45 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Policy Summit – ASTHO kicked off with a policy summit featuring leader-to-leader executive roundtable sessions and a keynote luncheon address from Andrew Gurman, immediate past president of the American Medical Association (AMA) who spoke about AMA’s advocacy efforts on key public health issues such as reversing the opioid epidemic, healthcare reform, and greater transparency surrounding pharmaceutical pricing. ASTHO 75th Anniversary Gala – The evening honored public health leaders and celebrated the power of state and territorial public health. Nirav Shah, senior vice president and chief operations officer of clinical operations at Kaiser Permanente, Southern California, gave the keynote address on the importance of standardization, innovation, and transparency in healthcare and public health systems change. “We need to embrace bottom-up, community-directed solutioning, tied to evidence-based strategies supported by a transparency agenda,” Shah advised. An awards reception followed in which ASTHO recognized its 2017 leadership awardees. Read More »

ASTHO Announces Winners of First-Ever PH WINS Challenge

September 20, 2017|5:36 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Earlier this summer, ASTHO partnered with the de Beaumont Foundation to launch the first-ever national “Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) Model Policies and Practices Challenge.” As part of the PH WINS Research to Action initiative, this challenge highlights workforce innovations that are changing the public health field and demonstrating a strategic investment in the future of the national public health workforce. ASTHO and the de Beaumont Foundation issued the PH WINS Challenge to a range of governmental health organizations, including local, state, and territorial health agencies. These organizations competed to have their most successful and transformative workforce development programs recognized as models in their fields and to win one of three $10,000 prizes—best state or territorial, best local, and best overall policy. Read More »

ASTHO Recognizes Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, and Virginia with 2017 Vision Awards

September 20, 2017|5:22 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

On Sept. 20, ASTHO presented four state health departments with 2017 Vision Awards during an Innovation and Leadership Awards Reception at the 2017 ASTHO Annual Meeting. Created in 1990, the awards honor outstanding state and territorial health department programs and initiatives that use creative approaches to address public health issues and challenges. The Vision Awards promote awareness and provide peer recognition to successful state and territorial health programs. Read More »

State Legislation Surrounding Disaster Relief and Preparedness

September 14, 2017|3:45 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

As Texas, Louisiana, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other areas impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma recover, other states may wonder about their own emergency recovery abilities. ASTHO’s legislative tracking has identified a few recent examples of state legislation related to recovering from disasters and ensuring community resiliency. Read More »

New York State Leads The Way In Sepsis Regulation

September 12, 2017|3:46 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

In May 2013, New York State became the first state to issue sepsis regulations, also known as “Rory’s Regulations,” mandating that all New York hospitals adopt, develop, and implement best practices for the early detection and timely treatment of sepsis. The regulations aim to equip hospitals with the systems and knowledge necessary to prevent harm or death to patients who are at risk of suffering from sepsis. ASTHO spoke with Howard Zucker, MD, JD, commissioner of health of New York State Department of Health, to learn more about statewide efforts to regulate sepsis. . Read More »

State Sepsis Policies

September 07, 2017|3:58 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Sepsis occurs when a body’s immune system overwhelmingly responds to an infection and triggers widespread inflammation. In 2017, ASTHO tracked state legislation addressing sepsis and will continue to monitor these bills as state policymakers and state and federal health agencies take critical steps to detect and treat sepsis. Read More »

The Role of State Public Health in Combatting Syphilis: A Conversation with CDC’s Gail Bolan

September 07, 2017|1:49 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Once on the brink of elimination, rates of syphilis are now on the rise in the United States. CDC data shows that in 2015, cases of primary and secondary syphilis—the earliest and most infectious stages of the disease—are higher than they have been in 20 years. To combat the resurgence of syphilis, CDC is working with federal agencies and key partners to raise awareness. In April, CDC released a call to action, which outlines specific steps that state and local health departments, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders can take to reverse this emerging public health threat. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Howard Zucker

September 07, 2017|12:47 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Howard Zucker, MD, JD, is commissioner of health of the New York State Department of Health. The mission of the New York State Department of Health is to protect, improve, and promote the health, productivity, and well-being of all New Yorkers. The department provides services for individuals and families, providers and professionals, and health facilities regarding public health issues statewide. Read More »

Legislation Surrounding Disaster Relief

August 31, 2017|3:01 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

As Texas and Louisiana continue to respond to the devastation wrought by Harvey, other states may wonder about their own emergency preparedness and response abilities. ASTHO’s legislative tracking has identified a few states that considered changes to their laws for responding to emergencies. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Kim Malsam-Rysdon

August 31, 2017|1:41 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Kim Malsam-Rysdon is cabinet secretary of the South Dakota Department of Health. The mission of the South Dakota Department of Health is to promote, protect, and improve the health of every South Dakotan. The department provides maternal and child health services, disease prevention and intervention, regulation of healthcare and other entities, correctional healthcare services, and public health preparedness and response services across the state. . Read More »

State Laws Surrounding Medical Marijuana Reciprocity

August 24, 2017|4:50 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

As more states legalize medical marijuana, questions may arise about whether dispensaries can provide marijuana to patients who are registered in other states. Maine and Nevada appear to be the only two states that allow visiting qualifying patients to purchase medical marijuana products from in-state dispensaries. As other states consider the reciprocity issue, lessons can be learned from Maine and Nevada’s experience. Read More »

The Minnesota Department of Health Responds to Measles Outbreak: An Interview with Kristen Ehresmann

August 24, 2017|4:20 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be prevented with two major vaccinations: the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and the measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (MMRV) vaccine. The rate of measles in Minnesota began to rise in April 2017. As of July 13, 2017, there have been 79 confirmed cases of Measles in the state of Minnesota, 71 of which linked to unvaccinated populations. In response to this outbreak, Kristen Ehresmann, director of the infectious disease epidemiology, prevention, and control division at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), worked closely with Ed Ehlinger, commissioner of health, to lead statewide efforts to increase vaccination rates and awareness. Read More »

The Minnesota Department of Health Responds to Measles Outbreak: An Interview with Ed Ehlinger

August 24, 2017|4:10 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be prevented with two major vaccinations: the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and the measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (MMRV) vaccine. The rate of measles in Minnesota began to rise in April 2017. As of July 13, 2017, there have been 79 confirmed cases of Measles in the state of Minnesota, 71 of which linked to unvaccinated populations. In response to this outbreak, The Minnesota Department of Health worked closely with community leaders and state health organizations to increase vaccination rates and awareness. . Read More »

How to Maximize Limited Resources through Cross-Sector Partnerships

August 22, 2017|12:01 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Addressing the social determinants of health and supporting coordinated and integrated service delivery can lead to reduced healthcare spending and improved health outcomes. In recognition of this potential, new partnerships are rapidly developing between healthcare, community-based organizations, health and human service agencies, and other sectors and groups including those concerned with transportation, housing, food security, and public safety. As momentum grows, public health leaders can help shape the work already happening on the ground and effectively coordinate public and private resources. Read More »

Massachusetts Uses Data Sharing to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

August 17, 2017|4:43 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Substance misuse and abuse is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States. In response to a growing opioid overdose rate in Massachusetts, Monica Bharel, MD, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Health, has made it a priority to utilize data sharing and assessment to combat the epidemic. Read More »

Renée Joskow Discusses the Importance of Oral Health to Overall Health

August 16, 2017|10:49 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Oral health is fundamentally linked to the overall health and well-being of both the individual and the community. Improved population health will require integration between many sectors, including oral health, primary medical care, public health, human services, social services, and behavioral health services. ASTHO spoke with Renée Joskow, DDS, MPH, chief dental officer for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), about federal efforts to support this work, emphasizing the importance of oral health integration with other public health and clinical care activities. Read More »

State Legislation Exploring the Use of Community Health Workers

August 10, 2017|3:07 p.m.| Crystal El-Khatib, Intern, State Health Policy

ASTHO is currently tracking over 30 bills from 14 states and Washington, D.C. that address the role of community health workers. This year, bills have successfully passed legislatures in Connecticut, Minnesota, and Missouri. ASTHO will continue to monitor and share these and other innovative ways states are leveraging community health workers to improve health and wellbeing. Read More »

State Legislation Surrounding Breastfeeding Accommodations for Parenting Students

August 03, 2017|2:58 p.m.| ASTHO State Health Policy Staff

Public health practitioners and advocates celebrate National Breastfeeding Month in August. This year the theme is “Charting the Course Together,” which aims to “build and reinforce the connections between breastfeeding and a broad spectrum of other health topics and initiatives.” One connection that has drawn the attention of state lawmakers is expanding breastfeeding accommodations for parenting students. Read More »

Texas Leads in the Fight for Zika Prevention

August 03, 2017|12:41 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

With the summer and mosquito season in full swing, ASTHO spoke with John Hellerstedt, MD, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Read More »

Member Spotlight – Rahul Gupta

July 27, 2017|3:06 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Rahul Gupta, MD, is state health officer and commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health. Read More »

Oregon Expands Pharmacists’ Authority to Dispense Contraceptives

July 27, 2017|2:25 p.m.| ASTHO State Health Policy Staff

Leveraging the role of pharmacists is one approach that states have been exploring to address barriers to contraceptive access. In 2015, Oregon enacted a bill that allowed pharmacists to dispense self-administered oral contraceptives and hormonal contraceptive patches. During the 2017 legislative session, Oregon lawmakers expanded on this policy. Read More »

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Legislation Update

July 20, 2017|3:30 p.m.| ASTHO State Health Policy Staff

Missouri recently became the final state to create a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). While Missouri’s PDMP is just getting started, several states spent time this year making changes to laws surrounding their programs. As PDMPs evolve from a law enforcement tool to an instrument used by state health departments to tackle the opioid crisis, ASTHO will continue to monitor the changes state legislatures make to enhance them. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Mylynn Tufte

July 19, 2017|10:33 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

In February 2017, Mylynn Tufte was appointed state health officer of The North Dakota Department of Health by Gov. Doug Burgum. Read More »

States Explore Approaches to Reduce Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

July 13, 2017|12:10 p.m.| KT Kramer and Andy Baker-White

States Explore Approaches to Reduce Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Randall Williams

July 12, 2017|3:12 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

In February 2017, Randall Williams, MD, was appointed director of The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services by Gov. Eric Greitens. He previously served as deputy secretary for health and state health director of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. . Read More »

Actionable Data Sharing: John Auerbach Discusses the Importance of Data-Driven Policies and Programs

July 10, 2017|12:27 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

The health landscape is shifting, and partnerships are rapidly forming between public health, clinical partners, human services, and other sectors. State public health leaders can guide and support these partnerships with several strategies, including the use of data that displays patterns and trends within and across communities and informs decisionmaking to improve population health. Improved access to and analysis of cross sector data has the potential to generate new information and help partners most effectively allocate scarce resources through targeted interventions. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Wendy Braund

July 06, 2017|3:50 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Wendy Braund, MD, MPH, has been state health officer and senior administrator of the public health division at the Wyoming Department of Health since 2011. Read More »

New Mexico Updates Critical Public Health Legal Infrastructure

June 29, 2017|3:17 p.m.| Dawn Hunter, New Mexico Department of Health

On April 6, 2017, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed SB 223, updating the state’s public health laws to “reflect current best public health practices, support the provision of services and infrastructure necessary to address emerging public health threats, and improve health outcomes for all New Mexicans.”. Read More »

Five Things to Know About the Prevention and Public Health Fund

June 29, 2017|1:48 p.m.| Michael Fraser

The Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) is a critical source of funding for programs authorized under the Public Health Services Act for prevention, wellness, and public health activities. ASTHO continues to partner with the public health community to warn Congress of the dire consequences of repealing PPHF without a corresponding increase in the allocation for the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriation bills. . Read More »

Member Spotlight: Karen Murphy

June 29, 2017|4:00 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Karen Murphy, PhD, RN, has been secretary of health of the Pennsylvania Department of Health since 2015. On June 30, she will leave the post to return to the private sector. Read More »

Experts Discuss Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Adverse Childhood Experiences in Home Environments

June 27, 2017|2:21 p.m.| Talyah Sands

Secondhand smoke exposure is not safe in any amount. In the United States, smoke exposure is most common among children ages 3 to 11 years, African Americans, people living below the federal poverty level, and those who rent housing. In multi-unit housing (MUH), smoke travels anywhere air can be exchanged, leading to involuntary secondhand smoke exposure. To address this unequal exposure, tobacco control advocates promote smoke-free MUH policies to eliminate secondhand smoke in one of the last indoor places where smoking is still allowed—the home. Read More »

States Adopt Legislation Prohibiting Smoking in Cars with Children

June 22, 2017|12:37 p.m.| KT Kramer

Exposure to second-hand smoke is harmful to all individuals, and it poses particular risks for children. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Raul Pino

June 22, 2017|12:08 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

In December 2015, Raul Pino, MD, was appointed commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health by Gov. Read More »

ASTHO Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Learning Collaborative: Insights from National Partners

June 20, 2017|4:38 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

ASTHO’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention State Learning Collaborative has transformed the way state public health leaders and their partners are working to prevent, detect, and treat hypertension and chronic diseases. Read More »

More New Orleanians Get Movin’ Thanks to Prevention Research

June 20, 2017|4:16 a.m.| Leslie Erdelack (ASTHO), Naomi Englar (Tulane Prevention Research Center)

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and displaced more than a million people in the Gulf Coast region. Read More »

ASTHO and the de Beaumont Foundation Launch First-Ever Workforce Development Challenge

June 15, 2017|5:26 p.m.| Kyle Bogaert and Elizabeth Harper

ASTHO has partnered with the de Beaumont Foundation to launch the first-ever national “Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs (PH WINS) Model Policies and Practices Challenge.” This challenge will provide state and territorial health agencies and local health departments with the opportunity to identify and submit successful and transformative workforce development policies and practices for recognition as model policies and receipt of one of three $10,000 awards. Read More »

State Legislation Addressing Congenital Cytomegalovirus

June 15, 2017|4:39 p.m.| KT Kramer

June is Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month. In 2017, state policymakers have been developing public education programs and enhanced screening processes to identify and support infants and children with CMV and their families. ASTHO is currently tracking 14 bills from nine states that address CMV. . Read More »

Member Spotlight: Joseph K. Miner

June 15, 2017|4:33 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Joseph K. Miner, MD, is executive director of the Utah Department of Health. As director, Miner oversees nearly 1,000 health department employees with the goal of helping Utah become the healthiest state in the nation. While the agency’s programs are diverse, ranging from anti-tobacco efforts to assisting children with special healthcare needs, to licensing day care facilities and ensuring the state's most vulnerable residents have access to healthcare, the mission of the department is consistent: help Utahns enjoy the best health possible. Read More »

Dr. Nirav D. Shah Joins ASTHO to Discuss Integration Efforts in Illinois and the Role of State Public Health

June 08, 2017|4:27 p.m.| Anna Bartels

The Integration Forum sat down with Dr. Nirav D. Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, to learn more about how his state is working to develop integrated efforts that improve population health and lower healthcare costs. . Read More »

Emergency Declarations and Opioid Overdose Prevention

June 08, 2017|3:49 p.m.| Andy Baker-White

This week, Arizona joined five other states - Alaska, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia - by declaring a statewide emergency in response to the opioid epidemic. The use of emergency declarations to respond to opioid overdoses aligns with ASTHO's 2017 President's Challenge to explore primary, secondary, and tertiary public health approaches to preventing substance misuse, addictions, and related consequences. Read More »

Scope of Practice for Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists

June 01, 2017|11:13 a.m.| Andy Baker-White

Throughout the first half of 2017, several states enacted legislation impacting the scope of practice for dental hygienists and dental therapists. In Colorado, HB 1010 adds emergency drugs and reversal agents to the list of items that an unsupervised dental hygienist may prescribe and administer. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Karen Smith

June 01, 2017|11:02 a.m.| Karen Smith

Karen Smith, MD, is director of the California Department of Public Health. As a physician specializing in infectious disease and public health, Smith served as public health officer and deputy director at the Napa County Health and Human Services Agency prior to her appointment. She was also on the medical staff for infectious disease at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa from 2012 to 2014. Read More »

Innovative Mobile Clinic Addresses Teen Pregnancy in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

May 31, 2017|12:04 p.m.| Eighmey Zeeck

ASTHO’s Increasing Access to Contraception Learning Community involves 27 states and territories working to disseminate strategies and best practices and help implement policies and programs that provide access to a full range of contraception methods. Read More »

Legislative Update on Issues Affecting Summer Travel Season

May 25, 2017|5:33 p.m.| Andy Baker-White

Legislative Update on Issues Affecting Summer Travel Season. Read More »

ASTHO Celebrates World No Tobacco Day By Leading Tobacco Control Efforts

May 25, 2017|9:14 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Each year on May 31, the World Health Organization celebrates World No Tobacco Day to highlight the importance of tobacco prevention and cessation initiatives. Read More »

ASTHO Legislative Update on Lead Exposure Nationwide

May 18, 2017|5:16 p.m.| KT Kramer

The 2017 Legislative Update below breaks down the bills into separate topic areas. The majority of bills (34) focus on testing lead levels in drinking water in schools and day care centers. States are also exploring other approaches to reduce lead exposure, such as testing for lead in water and soil in private homes and disclosing the results, improving state-led childhood lead exposure prevention programs, and developing financing mechanisms for remediation efforts. . Read More »

Member Spotlight: K. Lynn Gallagher

May 18, 2017|5:01 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

K. Lynn Gallagher is cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health. As the leader of the state’s largest agency, Gallagher manages the department’s $550 million budget and leads more than 3,000 employees in evidence-based, strategic health initiatives and health systems innovation. . Read More »

Understanding Performance Management and Quality Improvement

May 18, 2017|5:02 a.m.| Denise Pavletic

Performance management is a systematic process by which a state and territorial health agency involves its employees in improving the effectiveness of the agency and achieving the agency’s mission and strategic goals. Read More »

Colorado Leads the Way in Reducing Teen Pregnancy

May 11, 2017|2:52 p.m.| Eighmey Zeeck

ASTHO reached out to Larry Wolk, MD, executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, to discuss how Colorado is improving access to long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), how the department worked with the state legislature and other partners to collaborate on the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, and what strategies CDPHE is using to sustain this successful coalition. . Read More »

Adverse Childhood Experiences Legislation

May 11, 2017|1:24 p.m.| KT Kramer

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) broadly describes abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events that occur in an individual’s life before the age of 18, producing various negative health outcomes. ASTHO is tracking bills and resolutions from 10 states that include ACEs language. Read More »

State Legislative Efforts on Breastfeeding

May 04, 2017|3:24 p.m.| KT Kramer

On May 6, ASTHO will participate in the March for Babies, in support of the March of Dimes’ work to prevent premature births, birth defects, and infant mortality. The event provides an opportunity to reflect on state and territorial laws and policies to improve the health and well-being of women and children, including policies to support and encourage breastfeeding. . Read More »

Member Spotlight: Lisa Morris

May 04, 2017|11:36 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Lisa Morris, MSSW, is director of the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services. Morris has over 30 years of experience in behavioral health, elder services, and public health. She joined the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services in 2016. Read More »

David Sundwall Discusses Strategies for Incorporating Public Health in States’ Healthcare Planning Activities

May 03, 2017|10:34 a.m.| Anna Bartels

ASTHO sat down with David Sundwall, MD, one of the leading members of the Integration Forum and former executive director of the Utah Department of Health, to learn about his experience as a state health official and the strategies that he used to ensure that public health was integrated into his state’s healthcare planning. . Read More »

State Legislative Efforts on Meningococcal Vaccines

April 27, 2017|3:00 p.m.| KT Kramer

Monday was World Meningitis Day, a global effort to recognize the consequences of meningitis, an inflammation of the brain’s tissue and stem, as well as strategies to prevent it. ASTHO’s real-time legislative tracking website is currently following seven states with bills and resolutions related to meningococcal vaccinations.  . Read More »

Member Spotlight: Danny Staley

April 27, 2017|2:50 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Danny Staley, MS, is director of the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Staley began his career in public health in 1992 after graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in health education, followed by a master’s degree in community health administration and wellness promotion. In June 2011, Staley joined the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Read More »

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

April 20, 2017|1:20 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

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. Read More »

An Ounce of Prevention for Sexual Violence

April 13, 2017|3:49 p.m.| Amanda Deutsch, KT Kramer

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. Read More »

Health Systems Transformation Efforts Within ASTHO

April 07, 2017|1:08 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

ASTHO’s work in health systems transformation promotes cross-cutting collaboration and integration in a variety of areas to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public health programs. ASTHO’s work supports the Triple Aim of improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of healthcare. . Read More »

Creating the Healthiest Nation in One Generation

April 06, 2017|1:14 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Georges Benjamin, MD, is executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Prior to APHA, Benjamin served as secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, following four years as its deputy secretary for public health services. As secretary, Benjamin oversaw the expansion and improvement of the state’s Medicaid program. An established administrator, author, and orator, Benjamin is leading APHA’s initiative to make America the healthiest nation in one generation. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Nirav Shah

April 06, 2017|12:59 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Nirav D. Shah, MD, is director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. The department’s mission is to protect the health and wellness of the people of Illinois through the prevention, health promotion, regulation, and control of disease and injury. Read More »

ASTHO’s Member Engagement Team Helps Health Officials Become Transformational Leaders

April 06, 2017|12:32 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Today’s state and territorial health officials hold one of the most complex and demanding jobs in government. As leaders, they provide key, transformational leadership that impacts the health of an entire state or territory. Health officials are responsible for ensuring that the public health system is effective across a broad range of issues, often in rapidly changing political environments. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Karyl Rattay

March 30, 2017|5:15 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Karyl Rattay, MD, is director of the Delaware Division of Public Health. As director, she leads nearly 700 employees who promote health, reduce health inequities, and protect Delawareans from disease, environmental hazards, and public health emergencies. The division’s vision is healthy people in healthy communities. The Delaware Division of Public Health became a nationally accredited public health agency in 2016. Read More »

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

March 23, 2017|5:09 p.m.| Matthew Oglesby

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. Read More »

Jay Butler Reflects on ASTHO’s 75th Anniversary

March 23, 2017|4:19 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

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. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Larry Wolk

March 09, 2017|3:46 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Larry Wolk, MD, is executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Since joining the agency, Wolk’s mission has been to simplify the health system for Colorado’s citizens and position the department as the leader in providing evidence-based health and environmental information. Read More »

Michael Fraser Discusses Goals for ASTHO's Leadership Week

March 02, 2017|2:32 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

With a busy and significant March ahead of us, ASTHO Executive Director Michael Fraser took a moment to answer a few questions about next week’s Hill Day, key messages ASTHO will be sharing with Congress and the administration, and what to expect during Leadership Week. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Brenda Fitzgerald

February 23, 2017|3:44 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Brenda C. Fitzgerald, MD, is commissioner and state health officer of the Georgia Department of Public Health, the state’s lead agency in preventing disease, promoting better health, and ensuring families have the resources they need to prepare for health emergencies. In addition, Fitzgerald directs the state’s 18 public health districts and 159 county health departments. Read More »

A Look at State Legislation Limiting Opioid Prescriptions

February 23, 2017|12:36 p.m.| Andy Baker-White

Since last year, six states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island) have enacted laws limiting initial prescriptions for opioids while two states (Delaware and Vermont) have used agency rulemaking to establish such limits. More states are considering the adoption of initial opioid prescription limits during the 2017 legislative sessions. The prescription limits are often set at a daily supply or are in morphine milligram equivalents (MMEs) with certain conditions and patients being exempt from the limits. Read More »

New CDC Regulations for Domestic and Foreign Travel

February 16, 2017|3:57 p.m.| Andy Baker-White

On Feb. 21, CDC will implement newly revised rules for issuing federal public health orders (e.g., orders for quarantine, isolation, or conditional release) for both domestic and foreign travel. CDC revised the rules to improve and clarify its role in preventing the introduction, transmission, and spread of communicable diseases in the United States. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Virginia Pressler

February 16, 2017|2:27 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Virginia (Ginny) Pressler, MD, is the director of health for the Hawaii Department of Health. As director, Pressler oversees the department’s operations and sits on several key boards and committees. As part of her duties, she also oversees environmental health, behavioral health, and a number of health-related agencies within the health department. Read More »

Leading State Health: Joseph Miner

February 09, 2017|3:34 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Joseph K. Miner, MD, is executive director of the Utah Department of Health. In addition to his work at the department, Miner currently serves on ASTHO’s Infectious Disease Policy Committee, which has identified antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections as one of several key priorities for their work in 2017. Additionally, Miner represents the state health department perspective on the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance Task Force, which seeks to improve surveillance practices for resistant organisms. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Monica Bharel

February 09, 2017|3:29 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Monica Bharel, MD, is commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. As commissioner, she is responsible for spearheading the state’s response to the opioid crisis, as well as leading the department’s implementation of healthcare cost containment legislation, Chapter 224, reducing health disparities, finding public health solutions for healthcare reform, finding innovative solutions using data and evidence-based practices, and other healthcare quality improvement initiatives. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Cara Christ

February 02, 2017|2:00 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Cara Christ, MD, is director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, which is responsible for leading Arizona’s public health system, including responding to disease outbreaks, licensing health and childcare facilities, operating the Arizona State Hospital, and improving the overall health and wellness of all Arizonans. Read More »

Leading State Health: John Dreyzehner

January 26, 2017|2:34 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

ASTHO congratulates John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, FACOEM, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health, on completing a two-year term as one of the tri-chairs of the National Homeland Security Consortium, a forum for public and private sector disciplines to coalesce efforts and perspectives about how best to protect America in the 21st century. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Nate Smith

January 26, 2017|11:36 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Nate Smith, MD, MPH, is director and state health officer for the Arkansas Department of Health. The department protects and improves the health and well-being of all Arkansans by responding to outbreaks and other public health emergencies, implementing programs to educate and improve health outcomes, licensing and certifying professionals and facilities, and providing evidence-based preventive health services in communities throughout the state. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Esther Muña

January 19, 2017|12:56 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Esther Muña, MHA, CPC, is chief executive officer for the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, the health agency for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, which is responsible for the territory’s sole hospital, dialysis center, community health center, as well as other public health services and programs. Muña has served on ASTHO’s Access Policy Committee for three years. Read More »

Medicaid and Social Determinants of Health: ASTHO and HHS Engage State and Local Leaders in Dialogue

January 17, 2017|5:08 p.m.| Karen DeSalvo and Michael Fraser

On January 6, 2017, ASTHO gathered state health officials, state Medicaid directors, and HHS and non-profit stakeholders from the New England and Empire regions to learn from one another and identify new ways to collaborate to achieve better health for their communities. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Terry Cline

January 12, 2017|4:04 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Terry Cline, PhD, is commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, which is responsible for health departments in 68 counties across the state and provides oversight of more than 114,000 assorted business and occupational licenses annually, in addition to disease surveillance and intervention, emergency preparedness, maternal and child health, the WIC program, tobacco and obesity reduction programs, and many other services. In addition, Cline served on the ASTHO Board of Directors for seven years, in various capacities including regional representative and president. Read More »

ASTHO’s Executive Director Forecasts Top 2017 Priorities for State and Territorial Public Health

January 12, 2017|9:33 a.m.| Michael Fraser

As we kick off 2017, here are a few items I predict will be key priorities and issues for ASTHO this year. While I do not have a crystal ball, several issues will certainly challenge us, presenting new opportunities for state and territorial public health agencies. Read More »

Leading State Health: Ed Ehlinger

January 05, 2017|12:46 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

In his latest blog post, Ed Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, Minnesota Commissioner of Health, delivers a thought-provoking essay about health, housing instability, and policy decisions through the eyes of characters from a classic fairy tale, The Three Little Pigs. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Jerome Adams

December 22, 2016|3:31 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Jerome Adams, MD, is commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health. In this role he oversees the public health protection and laboratory services, health and human services, healthcare quality and regulatory, and tobacco prevention and cessation commissions. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Harry Chen

December 15, 2016|2:38 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Harry Chen, MD, has been commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health since 2011. On Jan. 5, 2017, he will step down, having decided not to seek reappointment. Chen spoke with ASTHO about his tenure as a state health official and why he believes public health is so important. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Richard Opper

December 08, 2016|3:05 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Richard H. Opper, MS, is the state health officer and director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, an agency that also provides human services, such as SNAP and TANF benefits. In addition, the department protects children and adults from abuse and neglect, provides services to people with disabilities, and administers the state’s Medicaid program. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Elke Shaw-Tulloch

December 01, 2016|10:50 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Elke Shaw-Tulloch, MHS, is administrator of the Division of Public Health at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, which serves the state by providing infrastructure for population health initiatives and acts as a first responder during times of public health need. She has been an ASTHO member since 2012 and she currently services on ASTHO’s board of directors. Read More »

See the Slide Decks Used at the ASTHO Annual Meeting

September 26, 2016|1:19 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

One of the many thought-provoking slides presented at the 2016 ASTHO Annual Meeting from Edward Ehlinger depicts the connections needed for a Health in All Policies approach. Read More »

The ASTHO Take: A Week in Public Health News

December 04, 2015|3:03 p.m.| Virgie Townsend

On Wednesday, two assailants killed 14 people and injured 21 more at a holiday party for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. Many of the victims were public health workers. ASTHO joins the public health community in mourning their loss. Read More »

The ASTHO Take: A Week in Public Health News (November 20)

November 20, 2015|3:04 p.m.| Virgie Townsend

Three state agencies earn accreditation, misconceptions about antibiotics fuel AMR, genetically engineered food approved by FDA for first time. Read More »

The ASTHO Take: A Week in Public Health News (November 13)

November 13, 2015|5:19 p.m.| Virgie Townsend

New data on blood pressure target, more women choosing long-acting reversible contraception, smoking bans proposed for public housing. Read More »

The ASTHO Take: A Week in Public Health News (November 6)

November 06, 2015|2:34 p.m.| Virgie Townsend

Multistate foodborne illness outbreaks, Keystone Pipeline rejection, and fear-based public health messages. Read More »

The ASTHO Take: A Week in Public Health News (October 16)

October 16, 2015|2:53 p.m.| Virgie Townsend

New studies explore the dangers of antibiotic resistance and dietary supplements. Read More »

The ASTHO Take: A Week in Public Health News (October 9)

October 09, 2015|4:16 p.m.| Virgie Townsend

Prescription drug abuse attitudes, ASTHO executive director announcement, and Ebola updates. Read More »

The ASTHO Take: A Week in Public Health News (October 2)

October 02, 2015|1:03 p.m.| Virgie Townsend

ASTHO annual meeting highlights, Hurricane Joaquin preparedness, and drug-impaired driving. Read More »

The ASTHO Take: A Week in Public Health News (Sept. 25)

September 25, 2015|4:52 p.m.| Virgie Townsend

Walkable neighborhoods, UN Ebola response, and pharmaceutical price hike. Read More »

The ASTHO Take: A Week in Public Health News (Sept. 18)

September 18, 2015|3:19 p.m.| Virgie Townsend

Must-read news for leaders in public health. Read More »

Welcome

October 07, 2014|1:46 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Welcome to StatePublicHealth.org, the new blog from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Read More »