Infectious Disease

Reducing Vaccine Hesitancy for People Living With Disabilities

October 19, 2021

ASTHO, in collaboration with CDC, provided full-time disability and preparedness specialists to 17 jurisdictions to better meet the needs of people with disabilities. In this brief, specialists share their thoughts on why people living with disabilities may be hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine and some approaches public health officials can take to address vaccine hesitancy in people living with disabilities.Read More »

How Health Departments Can Work With Schools to Improve K-12 Contact Tracing Programs

October 05, 2021

Developing and implementing contact tracing programs in K-12 schools presents a crucial opportunity for both health department and school leaders to keep students healthy, and schools open. This brief shares considerations for health departments working with schools to develop and implement contact tracing programs.Read More »

Summarizing CDC Guidance to Support COVID-19 Contact Tracing in K-12 Schools

October 05, 2021

As schools work to stay open for in-person learning, it is essential to understand key recommendations related to COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools. CDC recommends that health department staff work closely with K-12 schools to effectively prevent and respond to COVID-19 infections. Health department staff may look to school officials to understand the unique context of each school setting, while school officials may look to health department staff to better understand federal, state, and local guidance. This document compiles CDC guidance for COVID-19 prevention strategies in K-12 schools and should supplement state or territorial and local policies. Schools and health departments should layer the COVID-19 prevention strategies listed in this ASTHOBrief.Read More »

Strategies for Vaccinating People Who Are Homebased

July 29, 2021

According to the federal government, a homebased individual is someone who requires the help of another person or supportive device to leave the home, someone who is advised against leaving the home by a physician, and/or someone for whom it is extremely taxing to leave the home. Compared to non-homebased adults, homebased people are more likely to be older, have lower income, and belong to racial minority groups—as well as live with disabilities, chronic health conditions, and comorbidities. Individuals who are homebased therefore tend to be at increased risk for COVID-19 morbidity and mortality.Read More »

The Role of Syringe Services Programs in New Mexico’s Opioid Crisis Response

May 05, 2021

This brief describes how the New Mexico Department of Health has enhanced its harm reduction program to provide an evidence-based comprehensive care model to support the health of people who use drugs. New Mexico’s success in leveraging partnerships to reduce substance-related harm and enhance wellness can serve as a model to other state and local jurisdictions looking to take a more holistic approach to their harm reduction programs.Read More »

Advancing Breastfeeding During a Pandemic

November 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges for breastfeeding families and state breastfeeding initiatives. This brief discusses these challenges and how states in ASTHO’s Breastfeeding Learning Community are overcoming COVID-19 challenges and continuing their efforts to make policies, systems, and environments more breastfeeding-friendly. Strategies include utilizing online training for lactation support staff, holding virtual focus groups, removing financial barriers to program participation, and educating employers on how improving lactation accommodations supports the COVID-19 response.Read More »

Stigma Reinforces Barriers to Care for Pregnant and Postpartum Women with Substance Use Disorder

September 30, 2019

Substance use disorder (SUD) among pregnant and postpartum women is an increasingly pressing public health concern. Between 1999 and 2014, the number of women with opioid use disorder who gave birth increased 333 percent. This resource provides recommendations for addressing the stigma these women face.Read More »

10 Ways State and Territorial Health Department Leaders Can Support Healthcare-Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Prevention, Detection, and Response

August 20, 2019

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections that patients acquire while receiving care and treatment in healthcare facilities. Some HAIs are caused by antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) organisms such as bacteria and fungi and are difficult or impossible to treat. This infographic highlights 10 ways state and territorial health department leaders and their partners can support HAI and AMR prevention, detection, and response efforts that will help to reduce preventable infections, lower healthcare costs, and improve public health.Read More »

Public Health Leaders Are Key in Combating STDs

December 19, 2019

This infographic outlines the rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), the importance of investing in health department STD programs, and how public health is our best line of defense in combating STDs.Read More »

HPV Vaccine: Long-Lasting Cancer Protection

August 01, 2018

Vaccinations can prevent over 90 percent of cancers related to human papillomavirus (HPV). This customizable infographic is intended to help states raise awareness about the importance of the HPV vaccination as a safe, recommended public health strategy to reduce cancer risk.Read More »

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