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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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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.| Andy Baker-White

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 »

Emergency Declarations and Opioid Overdose Prevention

June 08, 2017|3:49 p.m.| Andy Baker-White

This week, Arizona joined five other states - Alaska, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia - by declaring a statewide emergency in response to the opioid epidemic. The use of emergency declarations to respond to opioid overdoses aligns with ASTHO's 2017 President's Challenge to explore primary, secondary, and tertiary public health approaches to preventing substance misuse, addictions, and related consequences. Read More »

Scope of Practice for Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists

June 01, 2017|11:13 a.m.| Andy Baker-White

Throughout the first half of 2017, several states enacted legislation impacting the scope of practice for dental hygienists and dental therapists. In Colorado, HB 1010 adds emergency drugs and reversal agents to the list of items that an unsupervised dental hygienist may prescribe and administer. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Karen Smith

June 01, 2017|11:02 a.m.| Karen Smith

Karen Smith, MD, is director of the California Department of Public Health. As a physician specializing in infectious disease and public health, Smith served as public health officer and deputy director at the Napa County Health and Human Services Agency prior to her appointment. She was also on the medical staff for infectious disease at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa from 2012 to 2014. Read More »

Innovative Mobile Clinic Addresses Teen Pregnancy in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

May 31, 2017|12:04 p.m.| Eighmey Zeeck

ASTHO’s Increasing Access to Contraception Learning Community involves 27 states and territories working to disseminate strategies and best practices and help implement policies and programs that provide access to a full range of contraception methods. Read More »

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 »

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