ASTHO’s “Have You Shared” initiative systematically collects and disseminates stories that highlight promising and useful practices and implementation strategies developed by state and territorial health agencies. ASTHO created the Have You Shared campaign to solicit state stories and is working with our members to capture stories from across all ASTHO content areas.
Stories collected by the Have You Shared initiative are archived below, but are also shared through other parts of the ASTHO website as well as through the State Public Health Weekly, other ASTHO newsletters, communications with affiliate organizations and partners, and ASTHO meetings.
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South Carolina Increases Access to LARCs Immediately Postpartum to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy
The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is leading efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies by increasing access to long-acting reversible contraception, particularly in the hospital immediately after birth.
Guam Builds Interagency and Island Partnerships to Improve Health
For the first time, the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services conducted a comprehensive planning process that included the three prerequisites for public health accreditation: a community health assessment, community health improvement plan, and an organizational strategic plan.
Statewide Training and Certification Program Strengthens the Community Health Worker-Promotor(a) Workforce in Texas
In 1999, Texas became the first state to formally recognize the community health worker (CHW) workforce. Since then, policymakers, state health officials, and other key stakeholders have taken a series of steps to develop and sustain this growing workforce.
Massachusetts Strengthens its Community Health Worker (CHW) Workforce Through Broad-Based Policies and Collaboration
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the department’s Office of Community Health Workers have played a key role in strengthening the state’s workforce by engaging partners, coordinating workforce development activities, and promoting CHWs in disease management and prevention.
North Dakota Engages American Indian Tribes in Tobacco Prevention
The North Dakota Tobacco Prevention and Control Program directly funds Tribal Tobacco Prevention Coordinators for each reservation in North Dakota to develop initiatives and policies consistent with CDC Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Prevention Programs in tribal communities.
Illinois Utilizes LOCATe Tool to Assess Perinatal Regionalization
The Illinois Perinatal Advisory Committee used CDC’s LOCATe tool to better understand the state’s approach to perinatal regionalization and how the system aligns with national recommendations.
Accreditation Provides Opportunity to Deliver Higher Standard of Public Health Service in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican communities value their quality of life, and they expect quality services from the health department. The Puerto Rico Department of Health is using public health accreditation as an opportunity to evaluate and improve its public health services.
Vermont Partners with Medicaid to Increase Tobacco Quitline Utilization Among Low-Income Residents
The Vermont Department of Health collaborated with its state Medicaid agency to increase provider reimbursement for counseling and enroll Medicaid clients in the state’s tobacco quitline, 802Quits, leading to substantial increases in quitline online visits and registration.
Texas Department of State Health Services Builds Partnerships to Deliver Tobacco Control Resources to Texas’ LGBT Population
The Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch partnered with DSHS’s Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and the TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit to disseminate toolkits and other materials to LGBT Texans through clinical partners and targeted media placement.
Tennessee Counties Help Pregnant Women Quit Smoking Through the Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program
This program helps pregnant women quit smoking by offering free tobacco cessation counseling sessions during pregnancy, and monthly diaper vouchers for one year postpartum if participants remain tobacco-free.
Pacific Partners for Tobacco-Free Islands Builds Tobacco Control
Despite limited funding, geographic separation between islands, and other challenges, territories participating in PPTFI have found it to be a source of support to build local coalitions and tackle the tobacco control issues and challenges unique to each island state and territory.
New Orleans Builds Coalition of Non-Traditional Stakeholders to Pass Comprehensive Smoke-Free Ordinance
In January 2015, the city of New Orleans passed a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance protecting public spaces such as restaurants, bars, and casinos from secondhand smoke and secondhand e-cigarette vapor exposure.
National Council for Behavioral Health Promotes Tobacco Cessation to Mental Health and Substance Abuse Populations
The National Council for Behavioral Health works with state health departments and other partners in a variety of ways to ensure that tobacco cessation services and resources are available to persons with mental illness and substance abuse disorders, two groups that are far more likely to smoke than the general population.
Georgia Connects with West Virginia to Learn About Its Tobacco Youth Advisory Council
The Georgia Department of Public Health’s Tobacco Control Program used materials and lessons provided by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to inform key stakeholders and direct youth tobacco control efforts in the state.
Breathe Easy Coalition’s Recognition Program Encourages Maine Hospitals and Colleges to Adopt Tobacco-Free Best Practices
Maine’s Breathe Easy Coalition (BEC) established its Gold Star Standards of Excellence program in 2009 to recognize colleges and hospitals in Maine for adhering to tobacco control and cessation best practices, which are updated each year for both colleges and hospitals.