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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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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Legislation Update

July 20, 2017|3:30 p.m.| ASTHO State Health Policy Staff

Missouri recently became the final state to create a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). While Missouri’s PDMP is just getting started, several states spent time this year making changes to laws surrounding their programs. As PDMPs evolve from a law enforcement tool to an instrument used by state health departments to tackle the opioid crisis, ASTHO will continue to monitor the changes state legislatures make to enhance them. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Mylynn Tufte

July 19, 2017|10:33 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

In February 2017, Mylynn Tufte was appointed state health officer of The North Dakota Department of Health by Gov. Doug Burgum. Read More »

States Explore Approaches to Reduce Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

July 13, 2017|12:10 p.m.| KT Kramer and Andy Baker-White

States Explore Approaches to Reduce Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Randall Williams

July 12, 2017|3:12 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

In February 2017, Randall Williams, MD, was appointed director of The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services by Gov. Eric Greitens. He previously served as deputy secretary for health and state health director of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. . Read More »

Actionable Data Sharing: John Auerbach Discusses the Importance of Data-Driven Policies and Programs

July 10, 2017|12:27 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

The health landscape is shifting, and partnerships are rapidly forming between public health, clinical partners, human services, and other sectors. State public health leaders can guide and support these partnerships with several strategies, including the use of data that displays patterns and trends within and across communities and informs decisionmaking to improve population health. Improved access to and analysis of cross sector data has the potential to generate new information and help partners most effectively allocate scarce resources through targeted interventions. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Wendy Braund

July 06, 2017|3:50 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Wendy Braund, MD, MPH, has been state health officer and senior administrator of the public health division at the Wyoming Department of Health since 2011. Read More »

New Mexico Updates Critical Public Health Legal Infrastructure

June 29, 2017|3:17 p.m.| Dawn Hunter, New Mexico Department of Health

On April 6, 2017, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed SB 223, updating the state’s public health laws to “reflect current best public health practices, support the provision of services and infrastructure necessary to address emerging public health threats, and improve health outcomes for all New Mexicans.”. Read More »

Five Things to Know About the Prevention and Public Health Fund

June 29, 2017|1:48 p.m.| Michael Fraser

The Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) is a critical source of funding for programs authorized under the Public Health Services Act for prevention, wellness, and public health activities. ASTHO continues to partner with the public health community to warn Congress of the dire consequences of repealing PPHF without a corresponding increase in the allocation for the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriation bills. . Read More »

Member Spotlight: Karen Murphy

June 29, 2017|4:00 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Karen Murphy, PhD, RN, has been secretary of health of the Pennsylvania Department of Health since 2015. On June 30, she will leave the post to return to the private sector. Read More »

Experts Discuss Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Adverse Childhood Experiences in Home Environments

June 27, 2017|2:21 p.m.| Talyah Sands

Secondhand smoke exposure is not safe in any amount. In the United States, smoke exposure is most common among children ages 3 to 11 years, African Americans, people living below the federal poverty level, and those who rent housing. In multi-unit housing (MUH), smoke travels anywhere air can be exchanged, leading to involuntary secondhand smoke exposure. To address this unequal exposure, tobacco control advocates promote smoke-free MUH policies to eliminate secondhand smoke in one of the last indoor places where smoking is still allowed—the home. Read More »

States Adopt Legislation Prohibiting Smoking in Cars with Children

June 22, 2017|12:37 p.m.| KT Kramer

Exposure to second-hand smoke is harmful to all individuals, and it poses particular risks for children. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Raul Pino

June 22, 2017|12:08 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

In December 2015, Raul Pino, MD, was appointed commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health by Gov. Read More »

The Iowa Department of Public Health Uses Quality Improvement Tools to Improve Programs

June 20, 2017|6:24 a.m.| Leah Silva

Health agencies regularly engage in quality improvement (QI) activities by using QI tools and methodologies to improve processes and make programs and operations more efficient. Read More »

ASTHO Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Learning Collaborative: Insights from National Partners

June 20, 2017|4:38 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

ASTHO’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention State Learning Collaborative has transformed the way state public health leaders and their partners are working to prevent, detect, and treat hypertension and chronic diseases. Read More »

More New Orleanians Get Movin’ Thanks to Prevention Research

June 20, 2017|4:16 a.m.| Leslie Erdelack (ASTHO), Naomi Englar (Tulane Prevention Research Center)

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and displaced more than a million people in the Gulf Coast region. Read More »

ASTHO and the de Beaumont Foundation Launch First-Ever Workforce Development Challenge

June 15, 2017|5:26 p.m.| Kyle Bogaert and Elizabeth Harper

ASTHO has partnered with the de Beaumont Foundation to launch the first-ever national “Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs (PH WINS) Model Policies and Practices Challenge.” This challenge will provide state and territorial health agencies and local health departments with the opportunity to identify and submit successful and transformative workforce development policies and practices for recognition as model policies and receipt of one of three $10,000 awards. Read More »

State Legislation Addressing Congenital Cytomegalovirus

June 15, 2017|4:39 p.m.| KT Kramer

June is Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month. In 2017, state policymakers have been developing public education programs and enhanced screening processes to identify and support infants and children with CMV and their families. ASTHO is currently tracking 14 bills from nine states that address CMV. . Read More »

Member Spotlight: Joseph K. Miner

June 15, 2017|4:33 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Joseph K. Miner, MD, is executive director of the Utah Department of Health. As director, Miner oversees nearly 1,000 health department employees with the goal of helping Utah become the healthiest state in the nation. While the agency’s programs are diverse, ranging from anti-tobacco efforts to assisting children with special healthcare needs, to licensing day care facilities and ensuring the state's most vulnerable residents have access to healthcare, the mission of the department is consistent: help Utahns enjoy the best health possible. Read More »

Parks and Recreation: Partners in Public Health

June 13, 2017|5:31 a.m.| Zarnaaz Bashir, Kellie May

Imagine this: Your doctor has just told you that you’re overweight and at risk for various chronic diseases. She tells you that you need to eat better and get more physical activity, but you cannot afford to pay for the local gym, nor do you have the time. In fact, you can barely afford to buy groceries for your family. Read More »

Dr. Nirav D. Shah Joins ASTHO to Discuss Integration Efforts in Illinois and the Role of State Public Health

June 08, 2017|4:27 p.m.| Anna Bartels

The Integration Forum sat down with Dr. Nirav D. Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, to learn more about how his state is working to develop integrated efforts that improve population health and lower healthcare costs. . Read More »

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