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.

APPLETREE COVID-19 Supplemental Project Presentations—Part 2

October 13, 2021

In early 2021, ASTHO, with support from CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, provided funding and assistance to five state health agencies (or their partners) to support environmental health-related COVID-19 response activities. Examples of activities performed under these awards include performing COVID-19 consultations during standard on-site restaurant inspections and informing schools and early care and education programs about effective, safe COVID-19 mitigation protocols. This webinar features presentations from project staff at the Virginia Department of Health and Indiana Department of Health. Each representative provides an overview of their state’s project under these awards, as well as challenges, successes, and lessons learned from undertaking this work.Read More »

Integrating Mental and Primary Care for Perinatal People

September 22, 2021

This presentation by Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, FACLP, describes MCPAP for Moms, a Massachusetts program that provides consultation to health care providers for behavioral health concerns and questions around medications when pregnant or breastfeeding, and connects people to community-based services and support groups.Read More »

Incorporating Social Determinants of Health Into Your Overdose Prevention Activities—Part 2

September 15, 2021

Part 2 in the webinar series, this presentation provides information on the Rhode Island Health Equity Zone experience and discusses how other OD2A-funded jurisdictions can infuse critical social determinants of health-related priorities in their overdose prevention and surveillance efforts.Read More »

APPLETREE COVID-19 Supplemental Project Presentations—Part 1

July 26, 2021

In early 2021, ASTHO, with support from CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, provided funding and assistance to five state health agencies (or their partners) to support environmental health-related COVID-19 response activities. The first in a two-part series, this webinar features presentations from project staff at the Arkansas Department of Health, Kentucky Department for Public Health, and Vermont Department of Health’s partner, Informed Green Solutions.Read More »

Designing HIV Systems for the Margins

July 12, 2021

This webinar provides an opportunity to learn about approaches and promising practices for addressing disparities in HIV care. It centers on a presentation about a model, Design for the Margins, for designing HIV systems through a health equity lens. It also features presentations about efforts to apply principles from this model in HIV programs to reach populations that are currently out of care.Read More »

Advancing Breastfeeding Equity While Addressing Trauma

June 17, 2021

During this webinar state teams participating in the SPAN/Breastfeeding Learning Community and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Learning Community learned how trauma such as ACEs could impact an individual’s breastfeeding experience and related risk and protective factors. Participants also learned about trauma-informed strategies for supporting breastfeeding parents and opportunities for collaboration between breastfeeding and behavioral health programs.Read More »

Tackling Inequities in Digital Care

April 16, 2021

The Tackling Inequities in Digital Care webinar discusses state and community-level interventions to bridge the digital divide in healthcare and improve access to digital services for marginalized communities. A panel of expert speakers emphasized the importance of providing services to older adult populations that improve digital literacy, while providing support to keep them socially connected by using other older adults as community mentors and guides. The session also discussed how states can partner with communities to coordinate and build platforms that increase access to telehealth, digital devices, and digital literacy training programs, and maximize federal investments to expand digital access.Read More »

A Conversation on Data, Communication, and Health Equity

March 16, 2021

The fight against COVID-19 is also a fight against misinformation and health disparities. How can you incorporate data into your communications strategy to combat misinformation, eliminate health disparities, and keep your community safe and informed? Our panel of leading experts will explore the role that data can play in elevating public messaging, as well as offer insights into how to take a data-first approach to tell a story that resonates with diverse audiences. Participants will learn how audiences perceive data and how to use this understanding to present compelling information that drives action today.Read More »

Engaging Community Health Workers in Emergency Response

March 10, 2021

This expert-led webinar provides an opportunity for state health agencies to learn from the experiences of other state and local health departments that have piloted programs aimed at integrating community health workers into their COVID-19 response efforts. The webinar also features a speaker from a national organization to discuss the key role of community health workers in addressing health disparities and building community resilience.Read More »

Advancing Equity in Maternal Heart Health Through Breastfeeding

February 22, 2021

This ASTHOConnects webinar took place on February 22, 2021, which enabled state and local teams participating in the SPAN/Breastfeeding Learning Community, REACH, and ASTHO Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Learning Collaborative program to learn about how breastfeeding can reduce the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.Read More »

Incorporating Social Determinants of Health Into Your Overdose Prevention Activities—Part 1

February 14, 2021

The Opioid Overdose Epidemic and Social Determinants of Health is Part 1 in the webinar series that discusses social determinants of health in relation to addressing the overdose crisis. It is available as an audio recording with accompanying slide deck.Read More »

Making Sense of COVID-19 Vaccine Polling Results

February 04, 2021

In this first installment of ASTHO’s Ask the Experts crisis communication series, Gillian SteelFisher shared a meta-analysis of the many COVID-19 vaccine-related public polls and how public health can use this information to guide vaccine messaging. Additionally, Neetu Abad, co-lead of the CDC Vaccine Confidence team, discussed behavioral drivers of hesitancy and how CDC uses that knowledge to craft outreach materials. After the presentation, a Q&A session was held to dig deeper into community-specific approaches for reaching vaccine-hesitant audiences and encouraging them to get vaccinated.Read More »

Tobacco Prevention in the Lens of COVID-19: Opportunities and Strategies

December 16, 2020

The webinar featured three panelists: Marcus Plescia, ASTHO’s chief medical officer; Clinton Isham, a tribal relations consultant for the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation; and Jennifer Kreslake, director at the Schroeder Institute at Truth Initiative. The panelists addressed topics related to the intersections of COVID-19 and tobacco control work, including the link between tobacco use and COVID-19 transmission, tobacco prevention messaging strategies, as well as disparate populations and health inequities. The panelists’ varying perspectives and insights resulted in a rich discussion that brought to light the importance of being resilient, creative, and supportive during this time.Read More »

Innovative Approaches to Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Care During COVID-19

November 18, 2020

This webinar features Dr. Rachel Wightman, cofounder of the Buprenorphine Hotline in Rhode Island, and Dr. Gwen Latendresse from the University of Utah’s Telehealth Pilot Project for pregnant and postpartum women. They describe their work, the federal policy changes that enabled the development of their telehealth models of care, and offer lessons learned and goals for future growth of tele-mental health and substance use programs.Read More »

Comprehensive and Equitable Access to OUD Care and Treatment

October 22, 2020

This webinar featured Dr. Carolyn Sufrin and Dr. Mishka Terplan as they highlighted current research around access to care for women in correctional facilities and next steps OMNI Learning Community teams can implement to support access to equitable and comprehensive opioid use disorder treatment and support services for all women.Read More »

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 »

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