Legislative Prospectus Series

As part of our comprehensive State Health Policy portfolio, ASTHO provides an annual legislative prospectus—a series of briefs summarizing upcoming legislation proposals that impact public health from across the states and territories. The legislative prospectus series anticipates trends in public health law for the next year and provides a short review for public health professionals and legislators alike to help bring them up to speed in time for upcoming legislative sessions.

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Legislative Prospectus: Maintaining Public Health's Legal Authority to Prevent Disease Spread

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Legislative Prospectus: Public Health Workforce

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Legislative Prospectus: Data Modernization and Privacy Protections

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Legislative Prospectus: Supporting Mental and Behavioral Health

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Legislative Prospectus: Rural Health

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Legislative Prospectus: Health Equity

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Legislative Prospectus: E-Cigarettes and Flavored Tobacco Products

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Legislative Prospectus: PFAS

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Legislative Prospectus: HIV

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Legislative Prospectus: Immunization

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COVID-19

As part of the 2021 legislative prospectus series, we provided a dedicated brief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the 2022 series, we felt that COVID-19 had become so ingrained in the nation's public health response that it touched every trend observed; as such, we felt it was unnecessary to create another dedicated brief for COVID-19. However, we have provided our 2021 brief here for posterity.

Download COVID-19 prospectus

 ASTHO's 2021 COVID-19 Legislative Prospectus (PDF)