ASTHO's reports provide recent, in-depth research on topics of importance and interest to state and territorial health officials, and provide usable, actionable information for ASTHO state and territorial health officials and partners.

ASTHO/CDC Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Learning Collaborative: Lessons Learned from the Payers Cohort

March 25, 2019

Through the ASTHO/CDC Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Learning Collaborative, a six-state cohort (Arkansas, Florida, Nevada, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin), i.e., the "payers cohort," collaborated with public health departments and private payers to improve population-level blood pressure control through innovative, data-driven healthcare delivery and payment models. This report highlights how the six states convened cross-sector teams which included payer partners, local health agency staff, academic institutions, community health workers, and other state‐ or local‐level stakeholders to support efforts to improve cardiovascular health outcomes, focusing on blood pressure control and reducing healthcare costs.Read More »

North Dakota Tests Innovative Health IT Approaches to Improve Hypertension Identification and Control in Workplaces

March 25, 2019

Through the ASTHO/CDC Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Learning Collaborative, funded by CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, the North Dakota Department of Health partnered with a diverse set of stakeholders, including local health units, emergency medical services professionals, payers, and health systems. This report highlights how the health department and its partners tested health information technology approaches to improve blood pressure measurement and referral systems in eight local health units and one tribal jurisdiction.Read More »

Cross-Agency Approaches to Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment: National Recommendations

March 20, 2019

States across the country are aligning policies, funding, staffing, and data across agencies to more effectively an efficiently utilize resources to meet the needs of people living with or at risk of developing substance use disorder (SUD). In 2018, ASTHO and the National Academy for State Health Policy convened a group of Medicaid and public health leaders to showcase strategies they have pursued to work more effectively across agencies, as well as develop recommendations for other interested states. This report highlights recommendations for structuring and advancing cross-agency approaches to SUD prevention and treatment.Read More »

State of Water Preparedness: A 2018 Scan of Water Preparedness and Response Infrastructure in State and Territorial Health Agencies

January 17, 2019

ASTHO conducted a survey of state and territorial directors of public health preparedness and environmental health to learn more about the protocols, tools, resources, infrastructure, and gaps related to drinking water emergency preparedness and response infrastructure. The data provided in this report is one effort to identify strengths and understand the complexities of water preparedness, but also to examine opportunities for improvement in the future.Read More »

Public Health and Medical Preparedness and Response Activities at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Music Festival

December 21, 2018

The findings in this report focus on the initial 24‐36 hours after the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival and present information about current and long-term recovery efforts and recommendations for other communities and the nation. This report also highlights challenges and successes concerning activities carried out through the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program.Read More »

The Role of State Health Leaders in Addressing Substance Use Disorders Among Women, Infants, and Families

December 20, 2018

This report highlights six public health approaches for addressing the rising incidence of SUD and NAS and draws out the critical role that state health leaders play in each.Read More »

Leading Public Health Practice Though Health Informatics and Technology

December 14, 2018

ASTHO’s guidebook, Leading Public Health Practice Through Health Informatics and Technology, provides additional information on achieving bidirectional data exchange and preparing for electronic case reporting adoption and implementation.Read More »

Sexual Violence Prevention: Legislation Scan

December 09, 2018

This report examines adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and housing stability legislation during the 2018 session. While not expressly focused on sexual violence, innovative solutions to address ACEs and housing stability may strengthen primary prevention of sexual violence because they target risk and protective factors that are common across these issues.Read More »

Behavioral and Public Health Interconnection

December 06, 2018

Interconnecting behavioral and public health systems is essential to addressing the upstream factors of behavioral health issues including substance misuse and mental health. This meeting report outlines recommendations from public health leaders in connecting behavioral and public health systems through partnerships, financing, data and policy.Read More »

Health Equity and Public Health Department Accreditation

November 07, 2018

Health departments play an essential role in providing services to the community to address health inequities. Through the lens of the Public Health Accreditation Board's standards and measures, this report explores innovative programs and policies implemented by health departments in an effort to adopt systemwide approaches to achieving health equity.Read More »

Perinatal Quality Collaboratives Support Breastfeeding

November 02, 2018

This report describes how state perinatal quality collaboratives have focused on improving maternal and child health outcomes by supporting efforts to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration.Read More »

Effectively Communicating About Mosquito Control: A Guide for Mosquito Control Partners

October 30, 2018

The updated second edition of this guide is intended to help public health and vector control professionals advance mosquito control efforts. It provides factsheet templates and tools that can be used to educate others about the need for adequate mosquito protection in communitiesRead More »

Cross-Sector Partnerships to Improve Health and Housing Outcomes: Resource Guide

October 24, 2018

This report synthesizes partnership, financing, and data-sharing approaches that healthcare, housing providers, and other sectors can undertake to improve health and housing outcomes.Read More »

Analysis of Express Legal Authorities for Mosquito Control in the United States, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico

October 12, 2018

This report presents findings from an analysis of ASTHO’s 2017 research on legal authorities for mosquito control, including the types of legal authority for mosquito control activities, a set of considerations for better understanding the legal authority, a summary of the findings on the express legal authorities for mosquito control found in state law, and a state-by-state summary of the express legal authority for mosquito control in the United States, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.Read More »

Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea: Communication Tools for Health Departments

August 22, 2018

These communication tools from ASTHO include key facts, talking points, and a customizable slide deck to help health departments raise awareness around antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea.Read More »

State and Territorial Health Agency Organizational Structures and Partnerships for Mosquito Control Management

August 13, 2018

This report presents findings from ASTHO’s 2017 Mosquito Control Survey, including information from thirty-eight jurisdictions about the organizational structure of mosquito control activities and the roles of key external partnerships at both the state and territorial levels.Read More »

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