Stories in Public Health
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.
If your state has a project or program that may be of interest to other states, let us know! Complete this brief web form describing the story you would like to share, and an ASTHO staff member will follow up with you for more information.
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Or, see the complete list of stories below.
Utah Effort Protects Healthcare Workers and Patients from Flu
Healthcare workers can transmit influenza to patients, and they are at high risk of contracting it themselves. In Utah, hospitals, healthcare leaders, and the Utah Department of Health work to protect healthcare workers and their patients from flu.
Ohio Supports Local Health Departments Third Party Billing for Immunization Services
Third party billing helps sustain programs and allows for more comprehensive services.
Indiana State Department of Health Boosts Immunization Rates through Partnerships and Legislation
In the last five years, Indiana used key partnerships to pass three bills to improve immunization rates, vaccine access, and data collection.
First US Case of MERS CoV Identified in Indiana
Strong interdepartmental and federal partnerships and practiced emergency procedures allowed the Indiana State Department of Health to quickly identify and contain a novel case of MERS-CoV.
By Targeting Obstetrical Providers, Massachusetts Initiative Increases Influenza Vaccinations Among Pregnant Women
After observing that pregnant women had higher hospitalization rates during the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, the Massachusetts health department partnered with the Massachusetts chapter of the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists to increase influenza vaccinations among this at-risk population.
Massachusetts Health Department Collaborates with Community Organizations to Increase Influenza Vaccinations Among Minority Populations
After finding that minority populations were hit hard by 2009’s H1N1 outbreak, Massachusetts launched an initiative and collaborative to increase flu vaccination among these at-risk groups.
Multiple-Serotype Salmonella Outbreaks in Two Arkansas State Prisons
Arkansas Department of Health collaborated with federal health organizations to tackle the state’s largest ever multiple-serotype salmonella outbreak that affected two Arkansas state prisons.
Louisiana Expands Access to Flu Vaccines and Creates Robust Response Capability Through Emergency Preparedness and Immunization Collaboration
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is expanding access to flu and other vaccines through pharmacies, allowing for real-time information on vaccine use across communities and flexible response systems to health emergencies.
Arkansas Implements Healthy Employee Lifestyle Program
The Arkansas Department of Health launched a comprehensive worksite wellness program intervention supported by policy that rewards regular exercise, good nutrition, and other healthy lifestyle choices.
Wisconsin Promotes Hepatitis C Testing Among Baby Boomers
Wisconsin’s Division of Public Health has educated stakeholders and engaged partners in implementing the baby boomer testing recommendation.
Arkansas Promotes Hepatitis C Testing among Baby Boomers
The Arkansas Department of Health developed innovative strategies to implement CDC’s recommendations to test baby boomers for hepatitis C.
Alabama Third Time's the Charm
Alabama Department of Public Health’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program partnered to create the CDC-funded Third Time’s the Charm campaign to educate parents, providers, and young adults about the HPV vaccine.
Arizona Partners to Increase HPV Vaccination Rates
The Arizona Immunization Program collaborated with The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) and used TAPI’s Teen award as an incentive for providers to administer the HPV vaccine to teen patients.
Rhode Island Community Health Network Case Study
Rhode Island’s Community Health Network partners multiple chronic disease management programs to provide a single access point for patient referrals. Patient navigators have facilitated more than 879 referrals to evidence‐based programs around the state.
North Carolina Healthy People 2020 Case Study
The North Carolina Division of Public Health (NCDPH) is working to meet Healthy People 2020 targets in the state by disseminating information on evidence‐based strategies, requiring local health agencies to address Healthy People 2020 objectives, and convening health professionals to develop the North Carolina Healthy People 2020 plan.