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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    Iowa Promotes Provider-Pharmacist Team Management of Hypertension
    Iowa’s Million Hearts Initiative is led by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and leverages partnerships across sectors to support components of Million Hearts, particularly improving quality of care around the ABCS of heart health.

    Arizona's Recovery Through Whole Health Initiative
    (ADHS) is expanding its integration efforts to deliver coordinated behavioral and physical healthcare to Medicaid-eligible adults with serious mental illnesses (SMI) under a model known as “Recovery Through Whole Health”—an approach that focuses care on the person’s life goals instead of his or her diagnosis—to generate greater efficiencies and improve the sustainability of Arizona’s health system for the benefit of all Arizonans.

    Arkansas Grassroots Effort to Reduce Infant Mortality Among African-Americans
    Two Arkansas Department of Health offices and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital call on four African American sororities’ state graduate chapters to become public health educators and champions in an effort to reduce infant mortality.

    California Smokers' Helpline Electronic Medical Records Project
    The goal of this project was to integrate the 5As (ask, advise, assess, assist and arrange) known as Ask, Advise and Refer in California-to increase tobacco treatment interventions in health care settings. By operationalizing an Electronic Medical Record System (EMR), the California Smokers' Helpline allows clinicians at University of Davis Medical Center to electronically refer their patients who smoke to the Helpline for evidence-based tobacco cessation counseling services.

    Massachusetts School Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages
    After eight years of legislative effort, new evidence-based nutrition standards for “competitive foods" are now in place.

    Montana Telehealth Diabetes Prevention Program
    The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (MDPHHS) partnered with a community hospital in the state to implement a group-based diabetes prevention program lifestyle intervention for adults at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). The program is available both at the hospital and via telehealth.

    North Carolina Joint Use Agreements for Schools and Communities
    Well-executed joint use agreements have the potential to expand opportunities for physical activity to improve the health of children and adults.

    Florida Colorectal Cancer Screening Project
    The State of Florida, Department of Health, (DOH), partnered with the Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF) to support increased patient adherence to colorectal cancer screening through conversion to the Fecal Immunochemical Test (a newer improved stool test) and/or patient reminders via postal mailings and telephone follow-up among Federally Qualified Health Centers in south Florida.

    Texas Reduces Premature Births by Restricting Non-Medically Necessary Inductions
    In 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law House Bill 1983, in an effort to reduce the number of elective or non‐medically‐indicated induced deliveries and Cesarean sections prior to 39 weeks of gestation.

    INdicators Data Tool: An Indiana Health Department and Hospital Association Collaboration
    The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) partnered with the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) and other partners to create an online central hub for state- and county-level data.

    Arkansas Partnership to Address Healthcare Access for Marshallese Community
    The Arkansas Department of Health (ADOH) partnered with various public and private organizations to address the healthcare needs of Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) migrants to the United States, specifically those with Hansen’s disease and other infectious diseases.

    North Dakota Tri-County Chronic Disease Management Program &and Spirit Lake Nation Public-Private Partnership
    These two case studies provide examples of how North Dakota has taken significant steps toward primary care and public health integration and demonstrate the benefits and impact this integration has had on communities in North Dakota.

    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.

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