Infectious Disease

Healthcare-Associated Infections

As a significant cause of death, healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are a critical challenge to public health in the United States. At any given time, about 1 in 25 patients has an infection while receiving care in U.S. hospitals. These infections result in up to $33 billion in excess medical costs every year.

ASTHO is working with HHS, CDC, and the Keystone Center to determine the role of state health officials in decreasing and preventing HAIs, specifically addressing priorities, challenges, and solutions at the state and regional level. In March 2011, ASTHO and CDC jointly released the HAI policy toolkit -Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections: State Policy Options. The companion report, Policies for Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections: Lessons from State Stakeholder Engagement was released in January 2012. ASTHO also maintains situational awareness on HAI-related policies and initiatives, shares this information with members, and represents the state health agency perspective.

Healthcare and Infection Control Gateway

Click to go to Healthcare and Infection Control Gateway ASTHO, in collaboration with CDC, would like to announce the launch of the Healthcare and Infection Control Gateway web resource. The purpose of the gateway is to provide information on controlling and responding to infectious disease outbreaks in healthcare settings to assist state and territorial health departments in prevention of high consequence infectious disease outbreaks in healthcare settings. The Healthcare and Infection Control Gateway serves as a hub for information, resources, and materials from federal agencies, state and territorial public health agencies, and ASTHO. View all materials »  

Tools and Resources for the Prevention and Control of Ebola

Top Questions on Ebola: Simple Answers Developed by ASTHO

What Does Ebola Have to Do With Flu? (Webinar)

Top Questions on Ebola: Simple Answers Developed by ASTHO (Guide)
Messages to help state health officials provide clear and succinct answers to questions related to Ebola that come from the media and the public.