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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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.
The California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review
California is using data from its Pregnancy Assisted Mortality Review (CA-PAMR) to investigate maternal deaths and associated racial/ethnic disparities. The major goals of CA-PAMR are to identify pregnancy-related deaths, the causes and contributing factors, and identify public health prevention and quality improvement (QI) strategies.
Utah Promotes Prevention and Improved Access to Care through Online Continuing Education and Telemedicine Initiatives
The Utah Department of Health is using online continuing education to coach providers on evidence-based prevention and promotion strategies for diabetes and other chronic conditions. In addition, Utah is advancing policies that support telemedicine and providing funding to support infrastructure to increase access to care and reduce healthcare disparities.
Washington State’s Success with its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
Providers no longer need to open a new portal or website to look up a patient’s controlled substance prescription history. Washington State is streamlining the workflow for its providers by integrating the state's PDMP into their EHR through the state health information exchange (HIE).
Arizona Implements Emergency Medical Services-Managed Treat and Refer Program to Address Local Community Health Needs and Generate State Savings
The state of Arizona is helping paramedics move beyond their traditional role of emergency response and into primary care and community health services.
Public-Private Partnership in Puerto Rico Leads to Increased Access to 17P and a Lower Preterm Birth Rate
Puerto Rico’s preterm birth rate dropped after the Puerto Rico Department of Health began working with a private healthcare company to increase access to 17P, a maternal and child health initiative.
Ohio Safe Sleep Initiative
The Ohio Department of Health is leading statewide efforts to reduce infant mortality from sleep-related causes through policy change, a comprehensive marketing campaign, and support for health care providers.
Ohio Department of Health Convenes Perinatal Quality Collaborative
The Ohio Department of Health recognized the need to improve birth outcomes in the state and convened partners to create the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative. Since forming the collaborative in 2009, the state has reduced rates of unnecessary scheduled births prior to 39 weeks gestation.
Wisconsin Collaborations Improve Newborn Screening Process
The Wisconsin Division of Public Health (WI DPH) and the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) collaborated with multiple stakeholders to reduce transit times for newborn screened samples, worked with hospitals on proper specimen collection, and made progress toward ensuring that all births in the state were accounted for in the newborn screening program.
Georgia Promotes Early Brain Development By Encouraging Parents and Caregivers to Talk with Their Children
The Georgia Department of Public Health used a collective impact model to lead key stakeholders in an initiative to increase early language development among infants and children receiving WIC services.
Iowa Studies ACA’s Effects on Public Health Programs to Drive Resource Reallocation
The Iowa Department of Public Health contracted with an actuarial firm to perform a comprehensive analysis of how Iowa’s Medicaid expansion program and federally-authorized marketplace health plans were impacting demand for four programs.
District of Columbia Department of Health Supports Peer Counseling to Improve Breastfeeding Rates
Through the ASTHO Breastfeeding Learning Community, supported by CDC, the District of Columbia Department of Health is leading a broad stakeholder group to support a new breastfeeding peer counselor in Southeast, Washington D.C., to help low-income African American mothers and their infants with breastfeeding and access WIC and primary care services.
Kentucky Health Information Exchange Improves Care Coordination and Advances Meaningful Use
Kentucky’s Health Information Exchange is a secure, interoperable electronic network that supports statewide exchange of patient health information among healthcare providers.