A Look Back at ASTHO’s “75 Ways” Campaign Featuring State and Territorial Public Health Successes

October 12, 2017|12:17 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

ASTHO launched a social media campaign to showcase successful public health initiatives and outcomes from every state, U.S. territory, and freely associated state. Visit our website to view the full collection of successes featured in the campaign as part of ASTHO’s 75th anniversary.

The “75 Days | 75 Ways” campaign ran from June 5 – Sept. 15, 2017. The campaign accompanied a yearlong effort to mark ASTHO’s 75th anniversary and demonstrate how the work of state and territorial public health agencies has led to striking improvements in our nation’s health and well-being. Check out this short video clip for an overview.

Each day, ASTHO shared a digital “postcard” via Twitter and Facebook highlighting successes across different public health issues, including infant mortality, HIV testing, tobacco cessation, healthcare-associated infections, suicide prevention, H1N1, and many others.

From the outset, one of the campaign’s fundamental goals was to capture a success story from every state and territorial health department to show that the work of public health is happening virtually everywhere we go, from major metropolitan cities to pacific island nations.

More importantly, public health is saving lives and helping protect communities and individuals from serious and costly diseases:

  • In Arizona, trauma death rates have declined by 29 percent since 2006 and more than 5,200 lives have been saved by expanding access to trauma centers in rural communities and training EMS personnel.
  • From 1990-2016, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) saw a significant reduction in neonatal, infant, and under-five child mortality rates. FSM built support for maternal and child health by encouraging breastfeeding, increasing immunizations, improving access to prenatal care, and enhancing hospital and public health surveillance.
  • The number of adult smokers in Oklahoma dropped by almost 72,000 between 2015-2016 alone. Oklahoma credits comprehensive tobacco prevention and control efforts, such as clean indoor air regulations, policies to reduce secondhand smoke, and cessation services.
  • From 2007-2016, the District of Columbia saw a 73 percent decline in newly diagnosed HIV cases. The health department has taken major steps to end its HIV epidemic by expanding testing, condom distribution, and needle exchange programs.
  • Opioid prescribing in Ohio declined for a fourth consecutive year in 2016. State and local agencies are working collaboratively with healthcare providers on best practices to ensure responsible opioid prescribing and pain management.

These examples illustrate just a few of the many ways in which state and territorial health agencies serve to promote and protect public health.

ASTHO appreciates everyone who contributed ideas and submitted stories about their work for the campaign. Thank you for helping us showcase the power of state and territorial public health!