State and territorial health agencies are strategically positioned to provide leadership to develop, coordinate and implement comprehensive, evidence-based approaches to wellness and the prevention of chronic diseases and injury. ASTHO’s Prevention Program supports state and territorial public health agencies to build their capacity to address America’s major health problems and the leading causes of death and disability.

Healthy Aging

ASTHO supports the health of older adults by promoting collaboration across sectors to implement evidence-based strategies for increasing the number of older adults who can live and age well in our communities. Read more »

Chronic Disease and Obesity Prevention

ASTHO supports chronic disease and obesity prevention policies and programs through various projects focused on cancer prevention and control, heart disease and stroke prevention and sodium reduction, underlying risk factors such as nutrition and physical activity, and the use of health impact assessments. Read more »

Injury Prevention and Behavioral Health

ASTHO supports injury and violence prevention efforts by disseminating best practices to enhance the capacity of state health agencies to implement effective policies and improve health outcomes. Read more »

Learning Collaboratives

ASTHO supports states with quality improvement activities focused on developing and adapting best practices across multiple settings. Through the learning collaboratives, ASTHO convenes multiple states working on quality improvement activities to provide targeted technical assistance and facilitate state to state collaboration. Read more »

National Wellness Initiatives

ASTHO supports and promotes several national initiatives to improve wellness in the United States. Read more »

Tobacco Prevention and Control Project

ASTHO promotes strong, comprehensive state tobacco control policies and programs. ASTHO engages a variety of affiliates and stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels in programs to prevent tobacco dependence and promote smoking cessation. Read more »

Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Proposed Guiding Principles

ASTHO supports the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (PHHSBG), a cornerstone public health program for preventing disease, illness, and injury. ASTHO's board and members and the ASTHO Affiliate Council recommend that the PHHSBG demonstrate its importance and impact by maintaining five key principles for a high performing program. Read more »


Sharon Moffatt, RN, BSN, MSN, Chief Program Officer, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Lisa Waddell, MD, MPH, Chief Program Officer, Community Health and Prevention 
Elizabeth Walker Romero, MS, Senior Director, Health Improvement
Lynn Chaiken, MSW, LSW, Director, Injury Prevention and Behavioral Health
Julia Schneider, MPH, Director, Chronic Disease Prevention Policy
Leslie Erdelack, MPH, CPH, Senior Analyst, Injury and Violence Prevention
Tahra M. Johnson, MPH, CWWS, Senior Analyst, Evidence-Based Public Health
Diana Karczmarczyk, PhD, MPH, MCHES, Senior Analyst, Tobacco and Chronic Disease Prevention
Lynn Shaull, MA, Senior Analyst, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Kristen Wan, MS, PAPHS, Senior Analyst, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Katie Potestio, MPH, RD, Analyst, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention