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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 »

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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 »

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 »

Rhode Island Conducts Statewide Inventory of Healthcare System

March 16, 2016|10:39 a.m.| Noelle Andrade

Rhode Island Department of Health uses health system inventory to improve outcomes and lower the cost of patient care. Read More »

As 2016 State Legislative Sessions Start, A Look Back at Notable Laws Passed in 2015

February 23, 2016|2:50 p.m.| KT Kramer

In 2015, we saw innovative efforts around tobacco control, data sharing, medical licensure, and antibiotic stewardship that can change the conversation around community wellbeing and lead the way for sustained improvements to public health. Read More »

North Dakota Races to Address Housing Inspection, Facility Needs Following Oil Boom

February 17, 2016|9:36 a.m.| Virgie Townsend

Population fluctuations meant the North Dakota Department of Health had to find new ways to accommodate changing food and lodging needs. Read More »

CDC Releases 2016 National Snapshot of Public Health Preparedness

February 08, 2016|11:33 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

CDC strategically invests in public health preparedness in an effort to improve federal, state, and local public health agencies’ ability to prepare for and respond to all types of public health threats. Read More »

State Health Agencies Prep for Zika

January 29, 2016|9:06 a.m.| Scott Briscoe

As Zika news grips the U.S. public, state health agencies have been preparing for weeks. Read More »

Why Blood Alcohol Concentration Testing and Reporting Is So Important

January 28, 2016|4:51 p.m.| Jane Esworthy

BAC testing and reporting has become very important in helping states, NHTSA, and safety partners understand the underlying factors of fatalities related to alcohol-impaired driving crashes and design solutions on local, state, and federal levels. Read More »

Bringing the Tools of Behavioral Health into Primary Care Practice

January 22, 2016|4:57 p.m.| John Skendall

Some health problems are only skin deep. Some go much deeper. That is why the skills and tools that the field of behavioral health brings are so important. And why they can, and some say should, be under the same roof—even in the same room—as primary care practice. Read More »

Federal Agencies Prepare Media Campaigns to Decrease Tobacco Use

January 21, 2016|10:50 a.m.| Scott Briscoe

CDC prepares to launch the 2016 version of it's effective Tips from Former Smokers campaign, and FDA plans to offer media targeting retailers as partners to reduce youth tobacco use. Read More »

New Tool Fosters Partnerships Between Health and Education

January 19, 2016|1:53 p.m.| Scott Briscoe

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services last week announced a renewed partnership stressing the link between health and education. They also unveiled a toolkit offering ways the two sectors can work together. Read More »

American College of Nurse Midwives and ASTHO Collaborate to Improve Health

January 12, 2016|10:54 a.m.| Eileen Beard and Carol Hayes

ACNM has been working with ASTHO and other health professional organizations to improve immunizations rates in vulnerable populations, including racial/ethnic groups and pregnant women. Read More »

HHS and USDA Release New Dietary Guidelines for Americans

January 08, 2016|11:12 a.m.| Jane Esworthy

The guidelines recognize the importance of focusing on healthy eating patterns and recommend limiting added sugars, sodium, and saturated and trans fats in diets. Read More »

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