ASTHO's briefs are short 1- to 2-page reports or infographics that provide a summary of key topics, programs, policies, or research findings of importance and interest to state and territorial health officials and partners.

Partnership: What Goes Into Building a 6|18 Initiative Team

August 14, 2019

This infographic is designed for state and territorial health department staff considering or newly participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 6|18 Initiative. It complements the Getting Started: CDC's 6|18 Initiative Guide and resources offered by other organizations engaged in the 6|18 Initiative, like the Center for Health Care Strategies. It describes 6|18 Initiative leadership and team membership, strategies for an effective team, and examples of complementary public health and Medicaid roles and expertise.Read More »

JUULs in Schools: Colorado and Minnesota Public Health Efforts

August 07, 2019

In an attempt to reduce the use of e-cigarettes, particularly JUUL, in youth and young adults, increased efforts have been implemented to focus on schools. This brief highlights efforts in Colorado and Minnesota.Read More »

Breastfeeding for Healthy Early Brain Development

June 28, 2019

This brief explores the linkages between breastfeeding and early brain development. It discusses how home visiting programs provide breastfeeding support, foster healthy early brain development, and improve overall child health and well-being. Finally, the brief explores why state and territorial health agencies should invest in home visiting programs and the positive impact that this investment will have.Read More »

Systems Change Approaches for Engaging Families in Hypertension Control

May 22, 2019

This brief explores how state and territorial health agencies can engage people who provide social support for individuals and families with hypertension. Strategies discussed include holding regular stakeholder meetings across public health and clinical teams, establishing communication channels between stakeholders, and utilizing data sharing for referrals from clinical to community services.Read More »

Top 10 Promising Approaches to Improving Population Health

May 20, 2019

Public health officials are key in crafting policies and strategies that address the social determinants of health to advance health equity and improve population health. This infographic highlights 10 approaches that state and territorial health officials can explore with partners in the community, healthcare sector, and other governmental agencies to achieve optimal health for all.Read More »

Public Health Leaders Are Key in Combating STDs

April 23, 2019

This infographic outlines the rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), the importance of investing in health department STD programs, and how public health is our best line of defense in combating STDs.Read More »

From Healthy People 2020 to Healthy People 2030

April 08, 2019

This issue brief addresses key recommendations for future iterations of Healthy People and tells state and territorial health agencies what to expect during the transition from Healthy People 2020 to Healthy People 2030.Read More »

Forensic Pathologist Shortages: Context and Considerations for State Public Health Agencies

March 27, 2019

The opioid epidemic has exacerbated the shortage of board-certified forensic pathologists, presenting a major workforce challenge for public health systems. This brief examines the forensic pathology shortage and outlines considerations for federal and state partners looking to address this issue.Read More »

Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain Materials

March 19, 2019

These Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain materials (flyer and posters) are intended for American Indian and Alaska Native nations, as well as tribal-serving organizations. They can be disseminated by senior centers and inter-tribal organizations. S/THAs are encouraged to work with tribal partners to distribute materials within healthcare offices, senior centers, and through events such as health fairs, festivals, and other relevant gatherings.Read More »

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Primary Prevention

February 25, 2019

This brief highlights examples of primary prevention strategies, including building skills and promoting social norms for positive parenting, strengthening economic supports for families, and providing quality education and enrichment early in life.Read More »

Tobacco 21 Laws Benefit Public Health and Save Lives

February 13, 2019

This infographic illustrates various aspects of Tobacco 21 laws in several jurisdictions, outlining differences in penalties, enforcement provisions, and age-related exemptions.Read More »

Increasing Access to Contraception: Infographic Series

February 08, 2019

This four-part infographic series illustrates key strategies for addressing common challenges and barriers related to increasing access to contraception. Featured topics include: expanding preventative contraceptive care in rural areas, engaging stakeholders, reimbursement for immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception, and integrating reproductive healthcare services in correctional and substance use disorder treatment settings.Read More »

Investing in STD Prevention: Making the Case for Your Jurisdiction

November 11, 2018

ASTHO and NCSD jointly released a customizable factsheet that can be used to present outputs from CDC’s STD Prevention Allocation Consequences Estimator in a format that is accessible to decisionmakers, the media, and local audiences. Update this customizable factsheet with your organization’s logo and local data to describe the health impacts of STD program budget changes in your jurisdiction.Read More »

States Work Across Agencies to Inform Opioid Prescribing Practices

November 02, 2018

This brief 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.Read More »

Tobacco 21: Legislative Policy Analysis

October 04, 2018

This brief examines how several jurisdictions took different approaches to structuring their Tobacco 21 laws, including differences in penalties, enforcement provisions, and age-related exemptions.Read More »

Improving Access to Nonopioid Pain Management

September 25, 2018

This brief highlights evidence supporting the use of nonopioid medications and nonpharmacological interventions for pain management and outlines considerations for states looking to expand the use of these nonopioid alternatives.Read More »

PHAB Accreditation Impact Infographic Series

August 16, 2018

This four-part infographic series, developed by ASTHO with support from CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS), illustrates successes from six state health departments to show how Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) accreditation positively influenced agency processes, programs, and infrastructure.Read More »

HPV Vaccine: Long-Lasting Cancer Protection

August 01, 2018

Vaccinations can prevent over 90 percent of cancers related to human papillomavirus (HPV). This customizable infographic is intended to help states raise awareness about the importance of the HPV vaccination as a safe, recommended public health strategy to reduce cancer risk.Read More »

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