Have You Shared?

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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    Million Hearts Case Study: Maryland’s Million Hearts Initiative
    The Maryland Million Hearts Initiative is a broad state-level effort led by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) that leverages existing initiatives and engages many partners across sectors.

    Idaho Medical Home Project for Children with Special Healthcare Needs
    Two local Idaho public health districts are collaborating with the Division of Medicaid and the Division of Public Health within the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to introduce a patient-centered medical home model to providers of pediatric and family care serving children with special healthcare needs in rural parts of Idaho.

    Virginia Plan First: Reducing Unintended Pregnancy While Increasing Revenue
    Through a coordinated multi-agency effort involving Health Commissioner Karen Remley, Governor Bob McDonnell, the Virginia Department of Health, and the Department of Social Services, Virginia has made strides towards reducing unintended pregnancy rates across the state by dramatically increasing enrollment in its Medicaid-funded comprehensive family planning program.

    The Utah Asthma Program
    The Utah Department of Health (UDH), convened multiple stakeholders from public health, primary care, and community organizations to address the burden of asthma in Utah.

    Nevada Immunization Cocooning Program
    The Nevada State Immunization Program worked with state birthing hospitals and OB/GYN providers to develop a vaccination program against pertussis.

    Prenatal Smoking Cessation in Oklahoma
    SoonerQuit, a tobacco cessation initiative of Oklahoma’s Medicaid agency and state department of health, trained 48 prenatal care providers to effectively incorporate tobacco cessation into routine patient care, potentially resulting in long-term behavior changes among providers.

    Maine’s Snuggle ME Guidelines
    Snuggle ME is a practitioner’s comprehensive guide to caring for drug-affected babies and their families from the prenatal period through the first year of life, and includes a screening tool, and resource and practice guidelines. It is the product of a workgroup of volunteer stakeholders, who came together to try to standardize care and ease frustrations.

    Georgia Partnerships to Improve Infant Mortality Rates
    The Georgia Department of Public Health has leveraged numerous partnerships to reduce the infant mortality rate among high-risk populations.

    Million Hearts Case Study: Ohio Million Hearts Toolkit
    The “Check It, Change it, Control It: Your Heart Depends on It” toolkit was produced through a collaboration between the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP). It was designed to increase screening among African-American males for hypertension and high cholesterol and improve their preventive behaviors and treatment by focusing on both patient education and physician training in care management and cultural sensitivity.

    Million Hearts Case Study: New York Cardiac Population Health Initiative
    The New York Cardiac Population Health Initiative (NY CPHI) is a collaboration between the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and IPRO (formerly the Island Peer Review Organization), New York’s designated quality improvement organization (QIO). CPHI is designed to achieve system-wide practice change and healthcare improvement by providing technical assistance and practice support to primary care practices statewide to improve performance and health outcomes around Million Hearts metrics, including the ABCS of heart health (appropriate aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation).

    New Mexico's Integrated Health Commons
    Rural Northern New Mexico's Rio Arriba County Department of Health and Human Services, the Espanola Public Health Office, and a federally qualified health center (FQHC) partnered to integrate services into one building to provide seamless healthcare services for the community.

    Living Well Hawaii Project: Innovative Healthcare for Adults with Serious Mental Illness
    The Living Well Hawaii project, a new partnership between a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and the Hawaii Department of Health, will utilize a patient-centered healthcare model to improve health outcomes for adults with severe mental illness.

    Michigan Smoke-Free Law Implementation
    Michigan's implementation plan maximized resources and used evidence-based strategies to create a successful model for smoke-free law implementation, evaluation, and enforcement that improved air quality in workplaces and food service establishments.

    Michigan: Encouraging Physical Activity Among Older Adults with EnhanceFitness
    The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Arthritis Program partners with multiple community-based organizations to increase physical activity among adults with arthritis—most of whom are older adults—through EnhanceFitness, an evidence-based group physical activity program for mature adults designed to improve functional fitness and well-being.

    Wisconsin Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative
    Active Early, Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ flagship program for obesity prevention in early childhood education, has demonstrated that implementing 120 minutes of physical activity each day in early childhood education settings is both feasible and sustainable.

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