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Nov. 30 | ASTHO Awarded W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant To Support Healthy Communities

Nov. 29 | ASTHO President States Third Year of Declining Life Expectancy is a “Wake-Up Call”

Nov. 8 | ASTHO Statement on Public Notification of Legionella Outbreaks

Oct. 25 | Health Officials Alarmed by Declining U.S. Vaccination Rates, Country Could Face Scenario Like Europe's Measles Outbreak

Oct. 24 | ASTHO Statement on Trump Administration's Latest Opioid Efforts

Oct. 17 | ASTHO Launches Public Health Podcast Series

Sept. 28 | State and Territorial Health Officials Join White House Opioid Conference

Sept. 28 | ASTHO Recognizes State, Territorial, and National Leaders in Public Health

Sept. 27 | ASTHO Launches National Campaign to Support Healthy Communities, Aligning with NACCHO and the U.S. Surgeon General

Sept. 27 | Rhode Island Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Named ASTHO President

Sept. 25 | Health Officials Respond to Alarming Increases in Congenital Syphilis

Sept. 10 | ASTHO Statement on the Bipartisan Opioid Crisis Response Act

Aug. 28 | ASTHO Statement on Rise in National Sexually Transmitted Disease Rates

Aug. 20 | Michigan Court Decision on Health Official's Case is Bad for Public Health

Aug. 7 | Health Officials Seek Sustained Investments to Protect Moms and Babies

July 23 | ASTHO Files Amicus Brief in Michigan Case, Argues Against Criminally Charging Health Officials During Major Public Health Crises

June 21 | Public Health Leaders Note Great Progress in National Adult Smoking Rate Reduction, But More Needs to be Done

June 19 | Nation’s Health Officials Very Concerned About the Public Health Impact of Family Separations at the U.S.-Mexico Border

June 1 | ASTHO and Safe States Alliance Respond to Rising Injury Deaths Among Children and Adolescents

May 17 | ASTHO Member and West Virginia Health Commissioner Rahul Gupta Testifies on Nation’s Opioid Epidemic

May 1 | Illnesses on the Rise from Mosquito, Tick, and Flea Bites Remain Top Issue for Health Officials

April 26 | ASTHO Urges Congress to Increase Funding for Public Health Programs

March 23 | ASTHO Statement on the Appointment of CDC Director, Robert Redfield

March 22 | ASTHO Statement on the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018

March 19 | ASTHO Statement on President Trump's Plan to End the Opioid Epidemic and Address America's "Crisis Next Door"

March 16 | ASTHO Statement on FDA’s Announcement to Reduce Nicotine in Cigarettes

March 15 | Top State and Territorial Public Health Issues Revealed in New Building a Healthier Nation Report 

March 13 | State and Territorial Health Officials Gather in Washington, D.C. to Advocate for Public Health Funding

Feb. 12 | ASTHO Statement on President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Feb. 9 | ASTHO Applauds Bipartisan Budget Deal

Jan. 31 | ASTHO Statement on Resignation of CDC Director

Jan. 23 | Opioid Epidemic Remains a Public Health Emergency

Jan. 22 | Government Shutdown Puts Nation's Health at Risk

Jan. 11 | New ASTHO Profile Report Offers Comprehensive Look at Nation's Health Agencies


Dec. 18 | ASTHO Statement on Media Reports Regarding “Banned Words” at CDC

Dec. 8 | Health Officials Encourage Flu Shots to Protect Pregnant Women and Infants

Dec. 4 | ASTHO Requests $1 Billion in Emergency Supplemental Funding for Opioid Epidemic

Nov. 21 | New Opioid Reports Support ASTHO Call for Increased Investment in Prevention

Nov. 15 | New Guidelines Highlight Public Health Role in Promoting Heart Health

Nov. 1 | Mixed Progress on Preventing Preterm Births Concerns State and Territorial Health Officials

Oct. 26 | State Health Officials Commend Public Health Emergency Declaration to Address Opioid Epidemic

Sept. 21 | John Wiesman Named ASTHO President

Sept. 21 | ASTHO Awards Public Health Leaders for Outstanding Service

Sept. 20 | ASTHO Opioid Framework Assists Health Officials in Combating the Epidemic

Sept. 13 | State Health Officials Strongly Encourage Influenza Vaccinations Among Pregnant Women

Aug. 31 | State Health Officials, Medical Experts, and Safety Advocates Call on FDA to Seek Removal of Ultra-High Dosage Opioids

July 7 | State and Territorial Health Leaders Commend Selection of Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald for CDC Director

June 29 | State and Territorial Health Leaders Commend Nomination of Dr. Jerome Adams for U.S. Surgeon General

June 27 | State Public Health Leaders Urged to Increase Efforts to Prevent Injuries

June 22 | Senate Discussion Draft Eliminates Important Public Health Programs; Pushes Costs to States

June 20 | ASTHO Provides Recommendations to President’s Commission on Opioids

June 15 | ASTHO Recognizes Georgia’s Public Health Champions

June 9 | State and Territorial Health Officials Respond to New CDC Report That Finds Zika Infection During Any Trimester Can Lead to Severe Birth Defects

May 23 | ASTHO Statement on President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

May 4 | Vital Public Health Programs will be Eliminated with Passage of AHCA

April 20 | ASTHO Applauds Administration's Commitment to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

April 5
| Health Officials Intensify Zika Prevention Efforts

April 3 | ASTHO Celebrates National Public Health Week

March 23 | ASTHO Celebrates 75 Years of Public Health Leadership

March 16 | ASTHO Statement on the President's 2018 Budget Blueprint

March 8 | State and Territorial Health Officials Gather in Washington, D.C. to Make the Case for Prevention and Public Health Programs

March 7 | ASTHO Executive Director Michael Fraser Responds to the Affordable Care Act Replacement Bill

Feb. 2 | ASTHO Receives Telework Achievement Award

Jan. 27 | ASTHO and Safe States Alliance Commit to Supporting State Injury and Violence Prevention Programs


Dec. 12 | State and Territorial Health Leaders Praise Surgeon General’s Report on E-cigarettes

Nov. 17 | State and Territorial Health Officials Applaud Surgeon General’s First Ever Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

Nov. 15 | Health Officials and Attorneys General Convene to Discuss Legal and Public Health Solutions to Opioid Epidemic

Sept. 14 | State Health Officials to Congress: Act on Zika Funding Now

July 5 | ASTHO Board Selects Michael Fraser to Serve as New Executive Director

May 16 | Public Health Organizations Unite in Call to Restore State and Local Emergency Funding and Approve Emergency Supplemental for Zika

Feb. 2 | ASTHO Challenges Members to Promote Health Equity and Health in All Policies


Dec. 12 | ASTHO and de Beaumont Foundation Commit to Improve the Public Health Workforce

Oct. 21 | Signs Point to Imminent Public Health Workforce Exit

Oct. 2 | ASTHO Executive Director Announces New Role at the March of Dimes

Oct. 1 | ASTHO Announces New Leadership Appointments

Sept. 30 | ASTHO Honors 2015 Public Health Heroes

Sept. 30 | Utah, Colorado, Tennessee, and Missouri Win ASTHO Vision Awards for Innovative Projects

June 2 | State and Territorial Health Agencies Play Critical Role in Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance

March 18 | ASTHO Announces Progress in the Development of The Public Health Community Platform

Jan. 27 | Multistate Measles Outbreak Drives Up State Health Agency Costs and Points to Importance of Quality Immunization Communication