ASTHO's webinars provide the latest information on a broad range of emerging trends and issues affecting state and territorial public health. Stay current with this virtual education series featuring thought leaders and subject-matter experts in public health and related fields.

Adolescent Mental Health During COVID-19

August 25, 2020

In this sixth virtual learning session for the PRISM learning community, presenters discuss different facets of adolescent mental health needs. This webinar discusses the challenges that COVID-19 has created for youth mental health, shares lessons learned from a program that supports youth released from a detention center, and shares strategies that state health officials can implement to support and advocate for youth and adolescents with mental health needs both during and beyond the pandemic.Read More »

The Rise of Stimulant Overdoses and Harm Reduction

August 03, 2020

In this webinar, Sheila Vakharia (Deputy Director, Drug Policy Alliance) discusses national trends in stimulant use data and shares harm reduction strategies for stimulants. Speakers - Katie Bee (Iowa Dept. of Health), and Michelle Tilotta (Iowa Dept. of Health), on the other hand, describe Iowa strategic efforts in addressing the impacts of methamphetamine through a public health lens.Read More »

The Trends of Overdose Data During COVID-19

June 11, 2020

This webinar highlights the use of the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP), a syndromic surveillance application that serves as a collaborative and centralized platform for all disciplines responding to the crisis. In this recorded webinar, Aliese Alter, Senior Program Manager, and Christopher Yeager, ODMAP Data and Research Analyst, share an overview of the ODMAP tool and discuss trends in overdose data since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in U.S. as well as methods for examining these trends.Read More »

Expanded PFAS Exposure Assessments in Pennsylvania Communities

June 04, 2020

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of synthetic compounds found in a variety of household and industrial products. The two most studied compounds in this family, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), have been associated with a range of health concerns. The following webinar recording describes follow-up work by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) to further characterize PFAS exposures in affected Pennsylvania communities. In this webinar, PADOH shares insights on planning and implementation of this project as well as results and lessons learned along the way.

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10 Building Blocks of Early Childhood Nutrition: Strategies to Promote Breastfeeding

April 30, 2020

The goal of this ASTHOConnect was to increase the awareness and understanding of the learning community’s work to support public health initiatives, including promotion of breastfeeding through perinatal quality collaboratives, focused on two goals, developing lifelong healthy dietary patterns to prevent chronic disease, and raising awareness on the importance of early nutrition in the first two years of life for healthy growth and development.Read More »

Innovative State Strategies for Diabetes Prevention

March 03, 2020

Innovative State Strategies for Diabetes Prevention This comprehensive ASTHOConnects webinar featured three states case studies on innovative diabetes prevention initiatives. Two came from Illinois and Texas discussing their activities as part of ASTHO’s diabetes prevention project supported by Merck, and

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Use of Telehealth for Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Maternal and Child Populations

February 06, 2020

The fourth virtual learning session for the PRISM Learning Community was on the use of telehealth to improve access to substance use disorder treatment, including medically assisted treatment, in maternal and child populations.Read More »

OMNI Learning Community: Engaging Primary Care Associations and Federally Qualified Health Centers

February 04, 2020

The Opioid Use Disorder, Maternal Outcomes, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Initiative (OMNI) Learning Community hosted its second ASTHOConnect of Year Two highlighting how primary care providers can be a part of the care team for pregnant/postpartum women and infants experiencing substance use disorder. It featured a presentation from HRSA to provide the federal perspective on engaging primary care associations and leveraging federally qualified health centers for OMNI related work. It also featured two FQHCs on their role providing services to pregnant and postpartum women affected by opioid use disorder and infants prenatally exposed to substances.Read More »

ASTHOConnects: Telehealth Learning Community Cross-State Webinar

December 19, 2019

This ASTHOConnects webinar provides an overview of the current national telehealth policy landscape featuring Mei Kwong, Executive Director of the Center for Connected Health Policy. Emerging telehealth issues discussed included telehealth reimbursement across payers, telehealth legislation, and other hot topics. Also featured are state speakers from the ASTHO Telehealth Learning Community including speakers from Florida, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, and Montana.Read More »

Medication-Assisted Treatment During Pregnancy: Current Research, Practice Recommendations, and State Policy Considerations

December 11, 2019

The third virtual learning session of the PRISM Learning Community discusses current research and treatment recommendations on the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) during pregnancy, state policy considerations on the issue, and opportunities for Title V programs to support MAT efforts in states.Read More »

ASTHOConnects Session #2: Working Across Boundaries to Incorporate an Equity Lens to Breastfeeding Initiatives

November 26, 2019

ASTHO hosted its second ASTHOConnects Breastfeeding Learning Community on November 13, 2019. The audience was the 16 State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) states participating in the leaning community as well as the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) participants within those SPAN states. The ASTHOConnects presented the Center for Creative Leadership’s (CCL) Boundary-Spanning Leadership (BSL) framework and toolkit. As part of the session, states discussed the visioning tool and assisted states with strategizing on methods to incorporate an equity lens to breastfeeding initiatives.Read More »

OMNI Learning Community ASTHOConnect: Successful Models Integrating Maternal Care and Substance Use Treatment

October 15, 2019

The Opioid Use Disorder, Maternal Outcomes, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Initiative (OMNI) Learning Community’s first ASTHOConnect of Year Two will highlight two examples of successful models for integrating maternal care and substance use treatment. Elisabeth Johnson from UNC Horizons and Dr. Lorraine Milio from Johns Hopkins’ Center for Addiction and Pregnancy will provide overviews of their organizations, discuss the successes and challenges faced by their programs, and provide recommendations for states interested in integrating care. ASTHO will also discuss Learning Community updates including teams’ state action plans, TA opportunities, and a new resource for peer-to-peer sharing between states.Read More »

Value of Prevention/Public Health Modernization

October 03, 2019

This ASTHOConnects webinar features Carole Yann, Acting Director of Fiscal and Business Operations from the Public Health Division of Oregon Health Authority, who discusses how Oregon promoted and communicated the value of prevention through the public health modernization initiative.Read More »

Promoting Innovation in State & Territorial MCH Policymaking (PRISM) Learning Community #2

September 20, 2019

The second virtual learning session of the PRISM Learning Community discusses maternal mental health systems change, and how states can use Medicaid Institutions of Mental Diseases (IMD) waivers to improve access to care for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorder.Read More »

State Uses of the PFAS Exposure Assessment Technical Tools

August 20, 2019

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of synthetic compounds found in a variety of household and industrial products. The two most studied compounds in this family, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), have been associated with a range of health concerns. The following webinar recording describes two pilot projects designed to measure human PFAS exposures undertaken by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the New York State Department of Health. It focuses on the states’ use of the PFAS Exposure Assessment Technical Tools (PEATT)—a guidance document developed by CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to measure human PFAS exposures through drinking water sources. Results from PEATT allow health officials to estimate levels of exposure for an entire affected community, not just those individuals tested. The PEATT also provides guidance on how to share results with affected communities.Read More »

Ask the Experts Panel on JUULs in Schools

August 19, 2019

ASTHO hosted a virtual session that brought together expert panelists from Kansas public schools, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and Stanford University to discuss strategies to reduce JUUL use in schools.Read More »

Innovative Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Population Health

July 31, 2019

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used to integrate, manage, analyze, and display geographical information from large datasets. In public health and healthcare, GIS are being linked to electronic health records (EHRs) to study the correlation between health and geographical areas. The emerging use of this technology is a promising tool with broad applications in disease surveillance and mapping.

Included here are presentation slides from ASTHO's virtual event with GIS and disease mapping experts. Speakers from Esri and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services discussed current population health applications that link or integrate GIS with electronic health information. Panelists presented on their organization’s work and answered questions about lessons learned, promising practices, and how to align GIS innovation efforts across stakeholders in the future.

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Social Determinants of Health: Financing Interventions and Strategies for States

July 19, 2019

Learn how public and private insurers can finance interventions that incorporate social determinants of health and other social services. Presenters share examples of approaches that are currently in practice and what states need to know before implementing them.Read More »

ASTHOConnects Session #1: ASTHO Breastfeeding Learning Community

July 12, 2019

ASTHO and CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity will host a kickoff webinar to welcome 16 states to the ASTHO Breastfeeding Learning Community and provide an overview of the learning community experience. Following introductions, each state team will discuss technical assistance needs or expertise they can offer other learning community participants. Finally, Hawaii will describe outcomes of a recent technical assistance request on provider buy-in.Read More »

Health Opportunity Index: Using Data to Measure and Address Social Determinants of Health

June 27, 2019

Learn from state health leaders about a tool known as the Health Opportunity Index. Featured states, Ohio and Virginia, share how they've used the tool to understand how communities are affected by social determinants of health focusing on specific use cases of using the data gained to advance health equity.Read More »

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