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  • Latest Addition to ASTHO's COVID-19 Page: Legal Challenges to State COVID-19 Orders

    Looking for more materials to aid your agency's COVID-19 efforts? Visit ASTHO's COVID-19 page to view resources on capacity, communication, contact tracing and disease intervention, recovery, resilience, and more.

  • Latest Profile with New Interactive Dashboard

    ASTHO launched the latest Profile of State and Territorial Public Health, now featuring an interactive dashboard. View aggregate and individual public health agency data to explore current trends in agency activities, structure, workforce, and financial resources.

  • Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers

    Do you want to learn about contact tracing? This entry-level e-learning opportunity provides a foundation in contact tracing over the course of four lessons. The material includes how to identify, assess, and manage people who have been exposed to the infection.

  • #MaskUp

    A public service announcement from ASTHO and the Big Cities Health Coalition encouraging people across the country to express their compassion for others and #MaskUp.

ASTHO President's Challenge Initiatives

A yearly initiative of ASTHO to improve population health through the work of state public health agencies.

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Join your colleagues and participate in various discussion topics on my.ASTHO, ASTHO's collaboration and discussion platform. ASTHO members can access the platform here »

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  • State Policy Actions to Support Long-Term Care Facilities During COVID-19 Response

    As COVID-19 emerged and spread in the U.S., those working and residing in long-term care facilities (LTCF) have experienced a significant burden of COVID-19 cases and deaths. As of Oct. 8, deaths associated with LTCF account for 40% of total COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. LTCF are at increased risk for outbreaks due to limited infection prevention and control capacity, staff who travel to work at multiple facilities—and during the COVID-19 pandemic—limited access to PPE. Additionally, residents at LTCF are more susceptible to infectious disease outbreaks, such as COVID-19, due to aging, high rates of underlying chronic diseases, and congregant living environments.

  • Creating a 21st Century Legacy Toward Thriving Families

    States grappling to ensure continuity of services amid the COVID-19 pandemic highlight a stark reality: the welfare of our nation’s children falls short of our collective aim to eradicate structural inequities among communities of color and low-income families. Swift action from public health and human services leaders to advance a collective vision that encompasses a prevention focused child welfare model is a critical opportunity for collaboration between public health and human service partnerships.

  • Education and Public Health: Supporting Youth Through COVID-19 and Beyond

    Toxic stress contributes to a variety of negative outcomes for children. And unfortunately, COVID-19 has increased the likelihood of children experiencing childhood trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and toxic stress. States and territories should have programmatic, and policy mechanisms to both prevent and mitigate the lifelong effects. A CDC Vital Signs Report found that preventing or mitigating ACEs could reduce depressive disorder by 44%, smoking by 33%, and unemployment by 15%.