Public Policy

Public Health Issues to Watch in 2017

January 12, 2017|3:35 p.m.| KT Kramer

As the 2017 state legislative sessions get under way, trends in proposed legislation are emerging. Responding to the opioid epidemic remains a major priority for lawmakers. Read More »

Leading State Health: David Sundwall on Public Health and the Presidential Election

November 10, 2016|4:33 p.m.| David Sundwall

With the transition to a new presidential administration, ASTHO continues to advance its nonpartisan agenda to transform state and territorial public health. Read More »

Hitting Utah’s Opioid Epidemic from Multiple Angles

April 25, 2016|10:25 a.m.| KT Kramer

During the 2016 legislative session, Utah enacted nine bills to provide more tools and flexibility to respond to the state's epidemic of deaths from opioid overdose. Read More »

As 2016 State Legislative Sessions Start, A Look Back at Notable Laws Passed in 2015

February 23, 2016|2:50 p.m.| KT Kramer

In 2015, we saw innovative efforts around tobacco control, data sharing, medical licensure, and antibiotic stewardship that can change the conversation around community wellbeing and lead the way for sustained improvements to public health. Read More »

How Public Health Fared in the 2016 Federal Budget

December 18, 2015|3:25 p.m.| Chris Gould

On Dec. 16, the text of the FY16 omnibus appropriations package was released. In the bill the CDC sees an increase of $300 million above the FY15 program level and $892.3 million was allocated for the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Read More »

Creating Conditions for Change in States

September 30, 2015|2:55 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

In his presentation at ASTHO’s 2015 Annual Meeting, Former Utah Gov. and Former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt shared insights on how his experiences transforming Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympics can translate as a way to help create the conditions for changing the culture of public health. Read More »

Supreme Court Upholds the Affordable Care Act’s Tax Subsidies

June 25, 2015|1:24 p.m.| Virgie Townsend

On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled to maintain the nationwide tax subsidies established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read More »