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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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.
Michigan Holds Summit to Raise Awareness of Infertility’s Public Health Impacts and Inform Future Work
The Michigan state health department held its first summit on assisted reproductive technology in 2016, featuring national leaders in the field and patient perspectives.
Massachusetts Uses Linked Data to Drive Education on Assisted Reproductive Technology and Reduce Adverse Birth Outcomes
Massachusetts Department of Public Health is linking datasets and leveraging its findings to promote single embryo transfers and reduce high-risk pregnancies with multiples.
Wyoming Uses CDC Tool to Conduct First Formal Assessment of Its Maternity Facilities’ Levels of Care
After deciding to make risk-appropriate perinatal care a priority, Wyoming implemented CDC’s Levels of Care Assessment Tool to formally assess the state’s care levels for the first time.
Indiana’s State Health Department Partners with NFL Team to Raise Awareness of Seasonal Flu
The Indiana State Department of Health partnered with the Indianapolis Colts to raise seasonal flu awareness through the “Join Blue, Prevent the Flu” campaign.
Kentucky Uses Quality Improvement to Improve Newborn Screening Timeliness
Over the past decade, Kentucky has created a culture of quality in the state laboratory where its newborn screening program is housed. The focus on quality has resulted in state laboratory staffing changes and improved newborn screening transit times.
Arizona Addresses Newborn Screening Transit Delays
Following a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report on newborn screening transit times that documented poor results for Arizona, the state dramatically improved its sample transit times, becoming a model for the nation.
California Uses CDC Tool to Assess Maternity Facilities’ Levels of Care and Evaluate Regional Cooperation Agreement Use
To further enhance its perinatal regionalization, a team of perinatal partners in California implemented CDC’s Level of Care Assessment Tool to fill in knowledge gaps about birthing hospitals’ levels of care and their use of regional cooperation agreements.