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Substance misuse remains a serious and multifaceted public health problem in the United States, one that ASTHO President Jay Butler will confront as part of the 2017 President’s Challenge.Read More »

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Member Spotlight: Elke Shaw-Tulloch

December 01, 2016|10:50 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Elke Shaw-Tulloch, MHS is administrator of the Division of Public Health at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, which serves the state by providing infrastructure for population health initiatives and acts as a first responder during times of public health need. She has been an ASTHO member since 2012 and she currently services on ASTHO’s board of directors. Read More »

Leading State Health: David Sundwall on Public Health and the Presidential Election

November 10, 2016|4:33 p.m.| David Sundwall

With the transition to a new presidential administration, ASTHO continues to advance its nonpartisan agenda to transform state and territorial public health. Read More »

How Public Health Fared on the Ballot in 2016

November 10, 2016|3:58 p.m.| KT Kramer

On Tuesday, voters across the country had the opportunity to influence state policy through ballot initiatives on key public health issues like marijuana use, tobacco taxes, and health system reform. While official results are a few weeks away, the preliminary results are in. Read More »

Open Enrollment Period Begins November 1 for Marketplace Insurance Coverage

November 04, 2016|12:19 p.m.| Anna Bartels

State and territorial health departments are well-positioned to raise awareness of resources and enrollment deadlines to expand access to health insurance coverage. Read More »

Closing the Gap on Health Disparities

October 31, 2016|3:23 p.m.| Kathy Sykes

The elimination of health disparities in the U.S. would mean billions of dollars in savings in direct healthcare spending. Read More »

Advancing Health Equity Blog Series: Introduction

October 31, 2016|2:52 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

This 2016-2017 blog series on advancing health equity in state and territorial public health will feature leaders from across the country who are advancing health equity and optimal health for all by addressing the social determinants of health. Read More »

Social Determinants of Health and Infant Mortality: Cross-Cutting Actions

October 28, 2016|1:25 p.m.| Alethia Carr and Kay Johnson

Each day this week, ASTHO’s blog StatePublicHealth.org will take a look at a set of strategies developed by the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network as part of the nationwide Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). Today, the topic is cross-cutting policies and program as described in the WHO framework for tackling social determinants of health. Read More »

Social Determinants of Health and Infant Mortality: Policies to Reduce Unequal Consequences in Social, Economic, and Health Terms as a Result of Illness

October 27, 2016|4:05 p.m.| Alethia Carr and Kay Johnson

Each day this week, ASTHO’s blog StatePublicHealth.org will take a look at a set of strategies developed by the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network as part of the nationwide Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). Today, the topic is policies that reduce unequal consequences as a result of an illness. Read More »

Social Determinants of Health and Infant Mortality: Policies to Reduce Vulnerability and Increase Resiliency of Disadvantaged People

October 26, 2016|2:12 p.m.| Alethia Carr and Kay Johnson

Each day this week, ASTHO’s blog StatePublicHealth.org will take a look at a set of strategies developed by the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network as part of the nationwide Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). Today, the topic is policies that reduce vulnerability and increase resiliency. Read More »

Social Determinants of Health and Infant Mortality: Policies and Programs to Reduce Exposures of Disadvantaged People to Health Damaging Factors

October 25, 2016|2:08 p.m.| Alethia Carr and Kay Johnson

Each day this week, ASTHO’s blog StatePublicHealth.org will take a look at a set of strategies developed by the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network as part of the nationwide Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). Today, the topic is policies and programs that reduce the exposure of disadvantaged people to factors that can have a lasting, damaging effect on health. Read More »

Social Determinants of Health and Infant Mortality: Policies and Programs on Social Stratification to Reduce Inequalities

October 24, 2016|1:13 p.m.| Alethia Carr and Kay Johnson

Each day this week, ASTHO’s blog StatePublicHealth.org will take a look at a set of strategies developed by the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network as part of the nationwide Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). Today, the topic is policies and programs that address social stratification and reduce inequalities. Read More »

Social Determinants of Health Learning Network: Innovation to Advance 20 Core Strategies

October 24, 2016|12:33 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

This week we're running a series of blog posts on 20 strategies intended to help states implement innovative, evidence-based policies and programs to improve social determinants of health and equity in birth outcomes in the U.S. Read More »

Place Matters in Determining Rural Population and Individual Health

October 10, 2016|12:14 p.m.| Anna Bartels

Barriers to access and social determinants of health specific to rural areas can contribute to rural disparities in health and highlight a need for place-based interventions. Read More »

See the Slide Decks Used at the ASTHO Annual Meeting

September 26, 2016|1:19 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

One of the many thought-provoking slides presented at the 2016 ASTHO Annual Meeting from Edward Ehlinger depicts the connections needed for a Health in All Policies approach. Read More »

Leading Health Systems Change—Perspectives from Federal, State, and Territorial Officials

September 26, 2016|9:47 a.m.| Emily Moore

The final session of ASTHO’s Annual Meeting last week (Sept. 21-22) focused on “leading health systems change” and featured a panel representing leaders at the federal, state, local, and territorial levels. Read More »

What Does a Health in All Policies Approach to Advance Health Equity Look Like in Practice?

September 21, 2016|4:42 p.m.| Emily Moore

Following welcoming remarks at ASTHO's annual meeting Sept. 21, Gov. Mark Dayton (MN) spoke about his state’s work to improve the health and lives of Minnesotans, as well as looking at decisions through a health lens. A panel session featuring several of his cabinet secretaries followed, facilitated by Dr. Edward Ehlinger, ASTHO’s 2015-2016 president and commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Health. . Read More »

Maximizing Medicaid-Public Health Partnerships

September 14, 2016|3:40 p.m.| Noelle Andrade and Emily Moore

Due to their shared focus on population health, Medicaid and public health agencies are natural partners and leaders in health system transformation. Read More »

Success Stories from Environmental Public Health Tracking (Part 2 of 2)

September 01, 2016|11:27 a.m.| Samantha Williams

In part two of our interview with Dr. Fuyuen Yip, she describes some of the CDC Tracking Program’s most interesting partnerships, as well as outcomes and lessons learned along the way. Read More »

Success Stories from Environmental Public Health Tracking (Part 1 of 2)

August 31, 2016|11:28 a.m.| Samantha Williams

This is the first of a two-part interview with Fuyuen Yip, acting branch chief for the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program at the National Center for Environmental Health at CDC. Read More »

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