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.
Use our map to view stories from a state or territory of your choosing.
Or, see the complete list of stories below.
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.
Connecticut Conducts Assisted Reproductive Technology Surveillance and Education to Reduce Harms from Multiple Births
The Connecticut Department of Public Health is working to reduce low birth weight from multiple births resulting from assisted reproductive technology through surveillance and educating healthcare providers and the public about reducing the risk of multiple births.
North Dakota Transitions Healthcare Providers to Using Bright Futures Screening Tools
North Dakota is one of many states implementing Bright Futures through state policy. The CHIP/EPSDT administrator reached out to the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) to discuss coordinating Bright Futures implementation. Because public health nurses perform many well-child visits throughout the state, state public health leaders became interested in training public health nurses who travel to rural areas to perform checkups and immunizations. The goal was to train the nurses conducting the EPSDT screenings to use the best possible tools available.
Michigan's Telemedicine Program Provides Epilepsy Ser
The Michigan Pediatric Epilepsy Telemedicine Program aims to improve access to quality epilepsy care for children and youth in rural and medically underserved areas by utilizing telemedicine to connect them to epilepsy specialists in Michigan’s major children’s hospitals.
Montana Diabetes Prevention Program
Montana secured Medicaid reimbursement for chronic disease prevention services through a state plan amendment.
Iowa Expands Services for Homeless and Veteran Communities Through Annual Collaborative Partnerships
The Iowa Department of Public Health is partnering with Linn County Public Health to support the annual “5 Seasons Stand Down” collaborative by providing vaccines and event coordination. This state and local partnership has expanded service opportunities for homeless and veteran communities.
Michigan Creates New Ways to Promote Flu Vaccine to College Students and Young Adults
Michigan Department of Community Health is working in new and innovative ways to increase flu vaccine use by college students and young adults.
Michigan Connects Public Health and Healthcare Providers to Protect Communities from Influenza
The Michigan Department of Community Health is using a variety of tactics to protect communities from the flu by connecting public health and healthcare providers.
Virginia Studies Barriers to Public Health’s Access to Electronic Medical Records
The Virginia Department of Health conducted surveys and interviews of key stakeholders to identify benefits and barriers to health department remote access to electronic medical records, and developed strategies to address these barriers.
Health Policy Institute of Ohio Creates Health Value Dashboard
Ohio’s new public health tool displays a snapshot of the state’s population health, ranks it against other states, and pioneers the health value metric.