Health Equity

The State Role in Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Implementation

January 13, 2017|1:36 p.m.| Anna Bartels

SAMHSA has reported that approximately one in five, or 43.6 million, American adults have experienced some form of mental illness in the past year, and eight percent, or 20.2 million had a substance use disorder. Yet nearly 60 percent of these adults with mental illness did not receive mental health services in 2014, and black and Hispanic Americans utilize mental health services at about half the rate of white Americans and a third the rate of Asian Americans. Read More »

Closing the Gap on Health Disparities

October 31, 2016|3:23 p.m.| Kathy Sykes

The elimination of health disparities in the U.S. would mean billions of dollars in savings in direct healthcare spending. Read More »

Advancing Health Equity Blog Series: Introduction

October 31, 2016|2:52 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

This 2016-2017 blog series on advancing health equity in state and territorial public health will feature leaders from across the country who are advancing health equity and optimal health for all by addressing the social determinants of health. Read More »

Social Determinants of Health and Infant Mortality: Cross-Cutting Actions

October 28, 2016|1:25 p.m.| Alethia Carr and Kay Johnson

Each day this week, ASTHO’s blog StatePublicHealth.org will take a look at a set of strategies developed by the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network as part of the nationwide Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). Today, the topic is cross-cutting policies and program as described in the WHO framework for tackling social determinants of health. Read More »

Social Determinants of Health and Infant Mortality: Policies to Reduce Unequal Consequences in Social, Economic, and Health Terms as a Result of Illness

October 27, 2016|4:05 p.m.| Alethia Carr and Kay Johnson

Each day this week, ASTHO’s blog StatePublicHealth.org will take a look at a set of strategies developed by the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network as part of the nationwide Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). Today, the topic is policies that reduce unequal consequences as a result of an illness. Read More »

Social Determinants of Health and Infant Mortality: Policies to Reduce Vulnerability and Increase Resiliency of Disadvantaged People

October 26, 2016|2:12 p.m.| Alethia Carr and Kay Johnson

Each day this week, ASTHO’s blog StatePublicHealth.org will take a look at a set of strategies developed by the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network as part of the nationwide Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). Today, the topic is policies that reduce vulnerability and increase resiliency. Read More »

Social Determinants of Health and Infant Mortality: Policies and Programs to Reduce Exposures of Disadvantaged People to Health Damaging Factors

October 25, 2016|2:08 p.m.| Alethia Carr and Kay Johnson

Each day this week, ASTHO’s blog StatePublicHealth.org will take a look at a set of strategies developed by the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network as part of the nationwide Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). Today, the topic is policies and programs that reduce the exposure of disadvantaged people to factors that can have a lasting, damaging effect on health. Read More »

Social Determinants of Health and Infant Mortality: Policies and Programs on Social Stratification to Reduce Inequalities

October 24, 2016|1:13 p.m.| Alethia Carr and Kay Johnson

Each day this week, ASTHO’s blog StatePublicHealth.org will take a look at a set of strategies developed by the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network as part of the nationwide Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). Today, the topic is policies and programs that address social stratification and reduce inequalities. Read More »

Social Determinants of Health Learning Network: Innovation to Advance 20 Core Strategies

October 24, 2016|12:33 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

This week we're running a series of blog posts on 20 strategies intended to help states implement innovative, evidence-based policies and programs to improve social determinants of health and equity in birth outcomes in the U.S. Read More »

Place Matters in Determining Rural Population and Individual Health

October 10, 2016|12:14 p.m.| Anna Bartels

Barriers to access and social determinants of health specific to rural areas can contribute to rural disparities in health and highlight a need for place-based interventions. Read More »

What Does a Health in All Policies Approach to Advance Health Equity Look Like in Practice?

September 21, 2016|4:42 p.m.| Emily Moore

Following welcoming remarks at ASTHO's annual meeting Sept. 21, Gov. Mark Dayton (MN) spoke about his state’s work to improve the health and lives of Minnesotans, as well as looking at decisions through a health lens. A panel session featuring several of his cabinet secretaries followed, facilitated by Dr. Edward Ehlinger, ASTHO’s 2015-2016 president and commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Health. . Read More »

Is Treatment Quality Contributing to Disparities in Breast Cancer Mortality? A Closer Look is Needed

July 27, 2016|12:56 p.m.| Josh Berry

There are many contributing causes to the observed disparity in breast cancer mortality. We should determine if quality of treatment is one ... and change that. Read More »

Everyone Deserves Good Health

April 12, 2016|9:46 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

ASTHO President and Minnesota Commissioner of Health Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, has issued ASTHO's 2016 President’s Challenge: Advance Health Equity and Optimal Health for All. We asked him to give us some insights into why he is passionate about this work, and how states can work to achieve strong health outcomes for everyone. Read More »

Surgeon General Murthy Supports ASTHO President’s Challenge

November 03, 2015|12:06 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy joined ASTHO President and Minnesota Commissioner of Health Edward Ehlinger as he introduced the 2016 ASTHO President’s Challenge: Advancing Health Equity and Achieving Optimal Health for All on Monday to attendees at the American Public Health Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting. Read More »

2016 ASTHO President’s Challenge Announced: “Advancing Health Equity and Optimal Health for All”

October 01, 2015|6:47 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

New ASTHO President Ed Ehlinger wants states to go back to their roots, change how they do public health work, and change their public health practices in order to assure the conditions in which all people can be healthy. Read More »

State, Territorial, and Tribal Health Officials Discuss Health Equity, Trauma at ASTHO's Annual Meeting

October 01, 2015|1:50 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Tribal and territorial health agencies are charged with the special task of working with residents dealing with both long-lasting and current manifestations of trauma. Read More »

U.S. Surgeon General Announces Plan to Promote Walkable Communities

September 22, 2015|5:03 p.m.| Jane Esworthy

To address the major public health challenges that exist due to physical inactivity, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released a call to action earlier this month urging individuals of all ages to make walking a priority in their lives and discussing the health benefits of walking. Read More »

Older Adults in Poverty Face Compounded Health Inequities

August 25, 2015|12:55 p.m.| Shaina Wedmedyk

The combined stressors associated with aging and poverty may be creating one of the most vulnerable populations in the United States. Read More »

The Potentially Poisonous Problem of Fishing for Dinner

July 29, 2015|12:54 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

In just about any urban or suburban setting where there is a natural water source, it is common to see anglers casting lines into the water. Unfortunately, most water sources near urban areas can yield fish that are high in toxins, including mercury. Read More »

Poverty Hurts Kids’ Brain Development and Grades, Study of MRI Scans Shows

July 21, 2015|2:49 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

A recent study has found that children who live below the poverty line have 7 percent to 10 percent less gray matter volume than normal in their frontal and temporal lobes—parts of the brain that are responsible for learning functions. Read More »

District of Columbia Fights Hypertension by Targeting Deeply Affected Parts of City

July 13, 2015|9:36 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Through the ASTHO Million Hearts State Learning Collaborative, the District of Columbia is working to improve hypertension management among its highest-risk population: African American residents ages 18 and older living in Wards 5 and 7. Read More »

Colorado Report Finds Chances of Surviving Cancer are Lower for Those Living in Poverty

June 08, 2015|1:36 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

According to the report, 70 percent of Coloradans living in low-poverty areas survived cancer for at least five years. But for those who lived in areas of high poverty, the five-year survival rate was just 55 percent. Read More »

Paid Sick Leave Contributes to Health of Workers and Their Families

March 25, 2015|4:24 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

A white paper from the Minnesota Department of Health finds that workers who receive paid sick and family leave are healthier, and so are their families and the public they serve. Read More »

Rhode Island Department of Health Creates Health Equity Zones to Reduce Disparities

March 12, 2015|3:21 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Rhode Island aims to increase health equity in the state via targeted social and environmental improvements. Read More »

Maryland Fights Health Disparities Using Health Enterprise Zones

February 26, 2015|3:17 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Maryland ranks as the state with the highest median household income, has several medical schools, and has the fifth lowest smoking rate. However, health disparities have persisted in the state, so Maryland launched the Health Enterprise Zones Initiative. Read More »

Health Literacy in America Remains an Issue

November 24, 2014|9:36 a.m.| Jane Esworthy

Health literacy remains a major issue in the United States, resulting in increased rates of hospitalization and emergency care use. Low health literacy particularly affects older adults, minority populations, medically underserved individuals, and low-income communities. Read More »

Hunger in America May Be Declining

November 13, 2014|11:30 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

It took almost seven years, but the number of Americans who report that they did not have enough money to buy food for themselves or their families in the last 12 months has fallen below the levels caused by the last recession. Read More »