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ASTHO President's Challenge Initiatives

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


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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  • Partner Spotlight: Q&A with Scott Becker, CEO of the Association of Public Health Laboratories

    Scott Becker is the CEO of the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL). He has taken APHL from a modest nonprofit focused on public health laboratory training to a center for quality laboratory systems with a budget of $75 million, a global reach, and wide-ranging programs and services. Becker is active in national and international public health initiatives. He chairs the Governance Working Group for the Global Laboratory Leadership Program, a collaboration with the World Health Organization, CDC, and others to develop a competency-based curriculum for laboratory leaders. Additionally, Becker is a member of the Affiliate Council of ASTHO, which he formerly chaired.

  • Health Policy Tackles Joint Challenges of Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness

    Each September marks National Preparedness Month. This year, public health emergency preparedness professionals look back on 20 years since the 9/11 attacks—the event that effectively launched the preparedness field—while actively responding to COVID-19.

  • Pharmacies Are Critical to Pandemic Planning, Not Just Response

    Pharmacies have long been instrumental partners in providing lifesaving vaccines nationwide. As state and territorial health officials evaluate their COVID-19 response, planners must include input from the pharmacy community when identifying areas for improvement, as well as best vaccination practices in advance of future public health emergencies.