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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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Legislative Update on Issues Affecting Summer Travel Season

May 25, 2017|5:33 p.m.| Andy Baker-White

Legislative Update on Issues Affecting Summer Travel Season. Read More »

ASTHO Celebrates World No Tobacco Day By Leading Tobacco Control Efforts

May 25, 2017|9:14 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Each year on May 31, the World Health Organization celebrates World No Tobacco Day to highlight the importance of tobacco prevention and cessation initiatives. Read More »

ASTHO Legislative Update on Lead Exposure Nationwide

May 18, 2017|5:16 p.m.| KT Kramer

The 2017 Legislative Update below breaks down the bills into separate topic areas. The majority of bills (34) focus on testing lead levels in drinking water in schools and day care centers. States are also exploring other approaches to reduce lead exposure, such as testing for lead in water and soil in private homes and disclosing the results, improving state-led childhood lead exposure prevention programs, and developing financing mechanisms for remediation efforts. . Read More »

Member Spotlight: K. Lynn Gallagher

May 18, 2017|5:01 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

K. Lynn Gallagher is cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health. As the leader of the state’s largest agency, Gallagher manages the department’s $550 million budget and leads more than 3,000 employees in evidence-based, strategic health initiatives and health systems innovation. . Read More »

Understanding Performance Management and Quality Improvement

May 18, 2017|5:02 a.m.| Denise Pavletic

Performance management is a systematic process by which a state and territorial health agency involves its employees in improving the effectiveness of the agency and achieving the agency’s mission and strategic goals. Read More »

Colorado Leads the Way in Reducing Teen Pregnancy

May 11, 2017|2:52 p.m.| Eighmey Zeeck

ASTHO reached out to Larry Wolk, MD, executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, to discuss how Colorado is improving access to long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), how the department worked with the state legislature and other partners to collaborate on the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, and what strategies CDPHE is using to sustain this successful coalition. . Read More »

Adverse Childhood Experiences Legislation

May 11, 2017|1:24 p.m.| KT Kramer

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) broadly describes abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events that occur in an individual’s life before the age of 18, producing various negative health outcomes. ASTHO is tracking bills and resolutions from 10 states that include ACEs language. Read More »

State Legislative Efforts on Breastfeeding

May 04, 2017|3:24 p.m.| KT Kramer

On May 6, ASTHO will participate in the March for Babies, in support of the March of Dimes’ work to prevent premature births, birth defects, and infant mortality. The event provides an opportunity to reflect on state and territorial laws and policies to improve the health and well-being of women and children, including policies to support and encourage breastfeeding. . Read More »

Member Spotlight: Lisa Morris

May 04, 2017|11:36 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Lisa Morris, MSSW, is director of the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services. Morris has over 30 years of experience in behavioral health, elder services, and public health. She joined the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services in 2016. Read More »

David Sundwall Discusses Strategies for Incorporating Public Health in States’ Healthcare Planning Activities

May 03, 2017|10:34 a.m.| Anna Bartels

ASTHO sat down with David Sundwall, MD, one of the leading members of the Integration Forum and former executive director of the Utah Department of Health, to learn about his experience as a state health official and the strategies that he used to ensure that public health was integrated into his state’s healthcare planning. . Read More »

State Legislative Efforts on Meningococcal Vaccines

April 27, 2017|3:00 p.m.| KT Kramer

Monday was World Meningitis Day, a global effort to recognize the consequences of meningitis, an inflammation of the brain’s tissue and stem, as well as strategies to prevent it. ASTHO’s real-time legislative tracking website is currently following seven states with bills and resolutions related to meningococcal vaccinations.  . Read More »

Member Spotlight: Danny Staley

April 27, 2017|2:50 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Danny Staley, MS, is director of the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Staley began his career in public health in 1992 after graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in health education, followed by a master’s degree in community health administration and wellness promotion. In June 2011, Staley joined the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Read More »

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 »

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