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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 »

Infant Mortality Linked to Lack of Preconception and Interconception Care

August 15, 2016|3:45 p.m.| Eighmey Zeeck

ASTHO and partners are working to help states create solutions to improve pre- and interconception care in order to reduce both infant and maternal mortality rates. Read More »

Is Treatment Quality Contributing to Disparities in Breast Cancer Mortality? A Closer Look is Needed

July 27, 2016|12:56 p.m.| Josh Berry

There are many contributing causes to the observed disparity in breast cancer mortality. We should determine if quality of treatment is one ... and change that. Read More »

A Fully Funded PHEP Program Ensures a Prepared Nation

July 25, 2016|12:36 p.m.| Geetika Nadkarni

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program plays a pivotal role in ensuring that state and local public health systems are prepared for a wide range of threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. Read More »

How the Health Agency Can Bolster State HAI Prevention

July 20, 2016|2:39 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

State health agency HAI programs play a critical role in HAI prevention and can maximize limited resources by building on federal initiatives and complementing work being done by the healthcare system. . Read More »

U.S. Sees Continued Rise in Maternal Mortality

May 10, 2016|1:10 p.m.| Eighmey Zeeck

The United States has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality of any industrialized country, and the numbers have increased over time. Read More »

FDA Releases Rule That Regulates E-Cigarettes, Other Tobacco Products

May 05, 2016|4:21 p.m.| Scott Briscoe

In bid to stem growing nicotine use among teenagers, FDA restricts sale of e-cigarettes, hookah and pipe tobacco, and cigars to those 18-years or older among other regulations on these products. Read More »

Hitting Utah’s Opioid Epidemic from Multiple Angles

April 25, 2016|10:25 a.m.| KT Kramer

During the 2016 legislative session, Utah enacted nine bills to provide more tools and flexibility to respond to the state's epidemic of deaths from opioid overdose. Read More »

Everyone Deserves Good Health

April 12, 2016|9:46 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

ASTHO President and Minnesota Commissioner of Health Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, has issued ASTHO's 2016 President’s Challenge: Advance Health Equity and Optimal Health for All. We asked him to give us some insights into why he is passionate about this work, and how states can work to achieve strong health outcomes for everyone. Read More »

CDC Initiative Highlights Importance of Vaccines for Infants and Children

April 07, 2016|3:46 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

National Infant Immunization Week is an annual initiative in April that highlights the importance of protecting infants from preventable diseases. This year it takes place April 16-23. Read More »

Increasing State Capacity to Respond to Ebola and Other Infectious Disease Threats

April 06, 2016|9:26 a.m.| Alyssa Farmer

In an effort to support state capacity and coordination efforts, ASTHO, in partnership with CDC, is launching several initiatives to enhance infectious disease outbreak response across the nation. Read More »

Georgia’s “Talk With Me Baby” Program Aims to Improve Low-Income Toddlers’ Verbal and Reading Skills

March 25, 2016|2:23 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Georgia’s initiative encourages parents and caregivers to talk, read, and sing to their infants and toddlers. Read More »

What State Legislatures Did About Vaccine Exemptions in 2015

March 21, 2016|1:27 p.m.| Scott Briscoe

The measles outbreak traced to Disneyland was one of a growing number of preventable infectious disease outbreaks caused in part by the antivaccination movement. With that backdrop, ASTHO looks at how state legislatures approached immunization laws last year. Read More »

CDC Issues New Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids

March 17, 2016|6:02 p.m.| Scott Briscoe

Using other pain relievers for chronic pain, lowest effective dosage, and patient monitoring are the principles used to develop the 12 guidelines. Read More »

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