Health Equity/Health Disparities

Prevention for the Next Generation: Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences, Suicide, and Overdose

August 11, 2021

With the pandemic upending social interaction, youth mental health is an increasingly important issue. This episode explores why understanding the intersection of suicide, overdose, and ACEs is critical to helping individuals live happy and healthy lives. It also focuses on the importance of connecting community needs, implementing awareness campaigns, and addressing stigma to reduce health disparities.Read More »

Avoiding the Cliff: Financing Medicaid in the Territories

July 29, 2021

Medicaid plays a critical role in providing access to health services for low-income U.S. citizens in the five U.S. territories. However, Medicaid financing in the territories has been underfunded compared to states. In this episode, guests discuss the urgent need for a permanent Medicaid solution, drawing attention to the need for equitable health financing for the U.S territories. This funding is necessary to support comprehensive public health and healthcare within these jurisdictions that include expanded prevention, testing, and treatment programs and capabilities.Read More »

Protecting the Vulnerable: How Public Health Can Better Serve People With Disabilities

May 24, 2021

People living with disabilities have borne disproportionate burden in past emergency situations due to inequities in preparedness and response. To address and prevent inequities in the COVID-19 response, ASTHO placed 14 disability and preparedness specialists into health agencies around the country to promote inclusivity of people living with disabilities. In this episode, we explore ways that two of these disability and preparedness specialists have worked to address the needs of people living with disabilities in their jurisdictions.Read More »

Resilient, Accessible, and Affordable Healthcare: Bouncing Forward from COVID-19

May 04, 2021

COVID-19 has stressed the U.S. healthcare and public health systems and highlighted racial and ethnic disparities in pre-existing conditions and health outcomes. In this episode, our guests discuss how health officials can serve as chief health strategists to work across sectors and ensure that all people have access to the services and resources that allow them to be well. This episode also details how states and territories can transform service delivery, ensure equitable access to prevention and healthcare services, and ultimately build stronger, more resilient communities.Read More »

The Health Equity Divide: Chronic Disease and COVID-19

April 20, 2021

People with chronic diseases have suffered the most during the pandemic both in rates of COVID-19 mortality and morbidity, and the health disparities that exist in those with chronic disease and poor social determinants of health are stark. On today’s episode, we speak to chronic disease and health equity experts on how to address this growing divide.Read More »

Addressing Housing Challenges and Economic Insecurity During COVID-19

November 10, 2020

This episode highlights ongoing efforts and provides consideration for health officials to not only limit the impact of the pandemic on the economic security and housing needs of Americans but also to rebuild systems that create a healthier, more equitable post-COVID-19 world. This podcast is the first in a series that challenges state/territorial health officials to “Bounce Forward” instead of simply bouncing back to the way things were before.Read More »

Using Prevention Strategies to Help Families Thrive

October 29, 2020

ASTHO and the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) are now in partnership to support the transformation of the child welfare system through a prevention first model. In this episode, ASTHO’s CEO Michael Fraser, along with ASPHSA’s CEO Tracy Wareing Evans, discuss the intersection of public health and human services and why it’s so important for these two sectors to work together to achieve a shared vision of thriving families.Read More »

Addressing Rural Health Disparities in a Pandemic

August 13, 2020

On this episode, speakers will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on rural health infrastructure and workforce, and how to improve these conditions in rural communities. We hear from three leaders who work in states with high rural healthcare needs and vast provider shortages to learn how to increase access to quality healthcare in rural areas, barriers that exist, and innovative strategies for rural health workforce recruitment and retention.Read More »

Fostering Equitable Change During COVID-19

July 30, 2020

On this episode, speakers will address both issues and highlight the importance of public health agencies leading with and integrating equity in their COVID-19 response. We hear from three leaders managing their COVID-19 response by prioritizing areas with the greatest need and supporting community-led decision-making to ensure the most socially vulnerable populations have increased access to treatment, testing, isolation options, and resources.Read More »

Community Health Workers: System Catalysts in Addressing Hypertension

February 26, 2019

In recognition of American Heart Month, this episode focuses on the important role that community health workers (CHWs) play in Virginia’s statewide approach to addressing health disparities and heart disease, in particular. Across the nation, CHWs serve as linkages between patients and the healthcare system to address health disparities and provide social support. These individuals have a deep understanding of their communities and share personal, cultural, linguistic, and other characteristics with those they serve. With the support of CHWs, the Virginia Department of Health improved its capacity statewide to identify and monitor individuals with hypertension.Read More »

Building Healthy and Resilient Communities Across America

September 27, 2018

This episode highlights ASTHO’s President’s Challenge, “Building Health and Resilient Communities,” which is a multi-year campaign that calls on state, territorial, local, and tribal health officials to align strategic investments and promote community-driven, place-based solutions to empower communities to be as healthy as possible, reduce health disparities, and stimulate economic development. The challenge is aligned with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the U.S. Surgeon General’s focus on community health and economic prosperity.Read More »

Medicaid and the Social Determinants of Health

July 26, 2018

Medicaid is a publicly-funded health insurance program that currently covers 74 million people in the United States. Medicaid covers low-income people who are children, expectant mothers, people with disabilities, senior citizens, and some adults.Read More »

Telehealth Expands to Frontier Country

May 10, 2018

Telehealth plays a unique role in addressing access to care issues in rural and remote areas. This podcast explores successful programs developed by the Eastern Aleutian Tribes and Alaska Department of Health and Human Services that serve both residents and migrant workers out of eight remote access clinics. In this episode, Marcus Plescia discusses how to apply telehealth strategies to existing health department activities to improve health outcomes, and Susan Highley Bailey, Janice Gray, and Tara Ferguson-Gould share success stories and models for implementing telehealth programs.Read More »

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