Growing migration, coupled with global climate change, have expanded the variety, range, and incidence of infectious diseases in the United States at a time of rising healthcare costs and shrinking state and local budgets. State public health activities are affected by migration patterns whether they are within a state, within the US, or from other countries.
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Global Infectious Disease - Impact on State and Territorial Health
ASTHO held a meeting in July 2013 to examine current migration trends, identify pressing issues related to both disease and human migration, and identify opportunities for collaboration and coordination between the state, federal, and international levels. This report summarizes the discussion and recommendations from the meeting and presents a list of relevant resources.
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Each year in the United States, thousands of refugees are resettled without access to proven preventive health measures, leading to health disparities. ASTHO's Refugee Health project worked to reduce disparities in infection rates, leading to improved health protection for all people in the United States. As part of this work, ASTHO supported state and territorial health officials and worked closely with state refugee health coordinators through the Association of Refugee Health Coordinators (ARHC) and other external partners to better address the needs of high-risk populations.
Enhancing Partnerships in Refugee Health Conference
In 2011, ASTHO and ARHC hosted the Enhancing Partnerships in Refugee Health Conference. This national conference brought together state refugee health coordinators and key national, state, and local stakeholders engaged in refugee health. The conference highlighted promising practices, built the national infrastructure that supports refugee health, and strengthened relationships with and between ARHC and ASTHO partners.
Additional Resources: Refugee Health