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As part of its 75th anniversary celebrations, ASTHO organized a symposium discussion focused on building consensus on difficult issues, such as climate change, firearm safety, and reproductive health. A distinguished panel of public health leaders explored effective ways to promote health and prevent disease while also addressing controversy, conflict, and disagreement.Read More »

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Texas Takes Action on Congenital Syphilis: A Conversation With John Hellerstedt

April 20, 2017|1:20 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

ASTHO spoke with John Hellerstedt, MD, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, about Texas’s efforts to tackle congenital syphilis, how recent legislative changes and innovative projects are helping Texas prevent and respond to congenital syphilis, and how other health officials can get involved in their own communities. Read More »

An Ounce of Prevention for Sexual Violence

April 13, 2017|3:49 p.m.| Amanda Deutsch, KT Kramer

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to recognize and address the public health consequences of sexual violence on individuals and communities. Responding to sexual violence and lessening its impact on communities often requires the coordination and collaboration of state agencies. Read More »

The Role of Public Health in Mental Health Awareness

April 11, 2017|3:48 p.m.| Anna Bartels, Claire Rudolph

May 4 is Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. Learn about how public health plays a critical role in creating healthy conditions for children and addressing mental health disparities. Read More »

Health Systems Transformation Efforts Within ASTHO

April 07, 2017|1:08 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

ASTHO’s work in health systems transformation promotes cross-cutting collaboration and integration in a variety of areas to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public health programs. ASTHO’s work supports the Triple Aim of improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of healthcare. . Read More »

Creating the Healthiest Nation in One Generation

April 06, 2017|1:14 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Georges Benjamin, MD, is executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Prior to APHA, Benjamin served as secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, following four years as its deputy secretary for public health services. As secretary, Benjamin oversaw the expansion and improvement of the state’s Medicaid program. An established administrator, author, and orator, Benjamin is leading APHA’s initiative to make America the healthiest nation in one generation. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Nirav Shah

April 06, 2017|12:59 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Nirav D. Shah, MD, is director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. The department’s mission is to protect the health and wellness of the people of Illinois through the prevention, health promotion, regulation, and control of disease and injury. Read More »

ASTHO’s Member Engagement Team Helps Health Officials Become Transformational Leaders

April 06, 2017|12:32 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Today’s state and territorial health officials hold one of the most complex and demanding jobs in government. As leaders, they provide key, transformational leadership that impacts the health of an entire state or territory. Health officials are responsible for ensuring that the public health system is effective across a broad range of issues, often in rapidly changing political environments. Read More »

ASTHO Leads in Public Health Prevention

April 05, 2017|11:44 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

ASTHO’s community health and prevention team supports a variety of policies and programs related to chronic disease prevention and heart promotion, healthy aging, injury prevention, and behavioral health, as well as tobacco prevention and control. Additionally, ASTHO assists state and territorial public health agencies in the development, coordination, and implementation of comprehensive, evidence-based approaches to wellness, with the goal of addressing America’s major health problems and leading causes of death and disability. Read More »

ASTHO Helps Public Health Agencies Maximize Their Programs with Key Practices and Data

April 04, 2017|10:06 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Developing, carrying out, and improving public health programs for maximum impact requires appropriate evaluation methods, measures, and data. ASTHO’s Performance Improvement, Research, and Evaluation (PIRE) team provides these activities to support state and territorial health departments as they carry out and improve high quality public health programs. Read More »

A Public Health Approach to Achieving Health Equity

April 03, 2017|2:09 p.m.| Hazel D. Dean

We can achieve health equity in this country, but to do so we need the commitment of public health leaders and a strong infrastructure to provide the foundation for planning, delivering, and evaluating public health initiatives with health equity in mind. Read More »

ASTHO’s Health Security Team Strengthens Preparedness and Response Capabilities Through Partnerships and Collaboration

April 03, 2017|11:42 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

While it is impossible to predict when a public health crisis may occur, the ability of state and territorial health departments to secure the nation’s health against a variety of threats relies on a capable and equipped public health workforce. ASTHO plays a pivotal role in ensuring that state and territorial health departments can prepare for and respond to all hazards, including chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats; natural disasters; and infectious disease outbreaks. Read More »

Quarterly State and Territorial Legislative Update

March 30, 2017|5:23 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

ASTHO continues to track the 2017 state legislative sessions and analyze bills impacting public health and state health agencies, including legislation addressing substance misuse and addiction, environmental health, communicable diseases, emergency preparedness and response, public health workforce, health information and data, community health, and disease and injury prevention. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Karyl Rattay

March 30, 2017|5:15 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Karyl Rattay, MD, is director of the Delaware Division of Public Health. As director, she leads nearly 700 employees who promote health, reduce health inequities, and protect Delawareans from disease, environmental hazards, and public health emergencies. The division’s vision is healthy people in healthy communities. The Delaware Division of Public Health became a nationally accredited public health agency in 2016. Read More »

Arkansas Leads the Way in Controlling Hypertension with Prevention Research Study

March 30, 2017|5:07 p.m.| Matthew Oglesby

The partnership between practice and academia is critical for advancing public health science, explains Nate Smith, director and state health officer of the Arkansas Department of Health. The Arkansas Department of Health recently partnered with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on a study to improve blood pressure control in the state's hypertensive patients. Read More »

Jay Butler Reflects on ASTHO’s 75th Anniversary

March 23, 2017|4:19 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

In advance of ASTHO’s 75th anniversary year, which kicked off this week with a symposium on public health challenges and opportunities, we spoke with Jay Butler, MD, ASTHO president, and director and chief medical officer of the Division of Public Health and Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, about lessons learned as a public health leader, what he considers the most important public health achievements over the past 75 years, and which public health issues he believes will be a priority in the coming 75 years. Read More »

State Legislatures Explore Taxing Prescription Opioids to Raise Revenue for Prevention and Treatment

March 23, 2017|3:26 p.m.| KT Kramer

Since 2015, legislators in at least seven states, as well as Congress, have introduced 15 bills to finance substance use disorder prevention and treatment activities by imposing a surcharge, tax, or fee on prescription opioids. Read More »

Public Health Accreditation Board President and CEO Kaye Bender Discusses Performance Management and Quality Improvement

March 15, 2017|2:20 p.m.| Leah Silva

In September 2011, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) launched the national public health department accreditation process for state, local, and tribal health departments. Accreditation helps state health agencies identify opportunities to deliver more effective and efficient public health services. Read More »

Celebrating 75 Years of Protecting and Promoting America’s Health

March 09, 2017|4:00 p.m.| Matthew Oglesby

ASTHO hosted a congressional briefing this week on Capitol Hill, convening nearly two dozen leading state and territorial health officials to educate lawmakers on the importance of public health and the impact of proposed cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Larry Wolk

March 09, 2017|3:46 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Larry Wolk, MD, is executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Since joining the agency, Wolk’s mission has been to simplify the health system for Colorado’s citizens and position the department as the leader in providing evidence-based health and environmental information. Read More »

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