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The ASTHO Newsroom houses press releases and statements on recent public health issues. ASTHO can connect the press to state and territorial health officials for stories related to public health.

ASTHO Press Team

Jane Esworthy
Senior Director, Public Relations
jesworthy@astho.org
(571) 318-5431

Stephanie Rhodes
Director, Public Relations
srhodes@astho.org

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2020

Dec. 22 | ASTHO Applauds Congress on Approval of Much Needed COVID-19 Resources and Increases to Public Health in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021

Dec. 10 | ASTHO President and Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Testifies Before Congress about COVID-19 Vaccinations

Dec. 1 | Public Health Organizations Publish Lessons Learned From the Early Days of COVID-19 Response

Nov. 19 | Urgent Action Needed to Contain the Spread of COVID-19 Nationwide

Nov. 6 | New ASTHO Report Spotlights National Approaches for Rapid COVID-19 Testing

Oct. 22 | State Health Officials Share 12 Tips for Safe In-Person Voting

Oct. 20 | Leading Health Organizations Unite to Implement National COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

Oct. 15 | Public Health Leaders Request COVID-19 Vaccine Infrastructure and Administration Funding

Sept. 24 | New Data on State Health Agencies Shows Shrinking Workforce and Decreased Funding Leading up to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sept. 3 | Safety, Not Politics, Must Drive COVID-19 Vaccine Timeline

Sept. 2 | Nation’s Health Officials Call for Greater Collaboration and Communication with Federal Government

Aug. 14 | ASTHO Celebrates the 85th Anniversary of Title V

Aug. 13 | ASTHO, NCSD Awarded ASAE Power of A Silver Award

Aug. 12 | Health Officials Launch Ad Campaign to Encourage Mask Use

Aug. 3 | Additional Supplemental Funding is Indeed Needed for Public Health

July 16 | Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine New ASTHO President

July 16 | From Contact Tracing to Case Investigation to Exposure Notification: New Issue Guide Provides Insight into How Technologies May Assist and Still Need to be Tested in COVID-19 Response

July 1 | As July Fourth Approaches, Nation’s Physicians and Public Health Officials Urge All Americans to Take Precautions to Help Prevent Further Spread of COVID-19

June 30 | Organizations Call on HHS to Renew Public Health Emergency Declaration

June 23 | Michigan Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun Testifies on COVID-19 Lessons Learned

June 23 | State and Territorial Health Officials to the American Public: COVID-19 is Not Over

June 2 | Nation’s Public Health Leaders Stand United Against Racism

May 15 | As Unemployment Rates Rise, Thousands of COVID-19 Contact Tracers Trained Through New Online Training Course in All 50 States

May 7 | New Tool Will Help Public Health Officials Estimate the Need for COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Apr. 29 | National Health Organizations Announce COVID-19 Contact Tracing Training

Apr. 27 | State Associations Release Roadmap to Recovery from COVID-19

Apr. 16 | Funding Public Health Should Always be a Priority

Apr. 10 | Scaling Up Public Health Contact Investigation Key to America's Recovery: New Report Finds 100,000 Disease Investigators Needed Now

Apr. 9 | Nation’s Public Health Leaders Urge President Trump to Use All Available Authorities to Quickly Produce Testing Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment

Apr. 3 | ASTHO Statement on Use of Face Coverings by the General Public to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Mar. 27 | ASTHO Statement on Easing Public Health Measures Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Mar. 27 | Public Health Organizations Applaud Funding for Data Modernization Initiative

Mar. 23 | J.T. Lane Joins ASTHO Executive Team as Chief Population Health and Innovation Officer

Mar. 20 | COVID-19 Testing Needs to Be Limited to Priority Groups Until Sufficient Testing Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment is Available Nationwide

Mar. 13 | ASTHO Statement Following COVID-19 National Emergency Declaration

Mar. 10 | Mississippi State Department of Health Officer Thomas Dobbs Testifies on COVID-19

Mar. 4 | ASTHO Urges Swift Approval of COVID-19 Emergency Supplemental Funding

Mar. 4 | Illinois Department of Public Health Director Ngozi Ezike Testifies on COVID-19

Feb. 25 | ASTHO and NACCHO Host Joint Public Health Advocacy Day to Highlight Underfunded U.S. Governmental Public Health System

Feb. 24 | Governmental Public Health Leaders Request Emergency Supplemental Funding for COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Efforts

Feb. 10 | ASTHO Statement on President’s FY21 Budget Proposal

Feb. 5 | Public Health Departments Are Prepared for Outbreaks

Feb. 3 | ASTHO Statement on U.S. Life Expectancy Increase

Jan. 21 | Health Officials React to First Coronavirus Case in the United States

Jan. 14 | Health Officials Testify Before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on State Efforts to Address Opioid Epidemic

2019

Dec. 20 | ASTHO and PIHOA Praise Approval of Medicaid Funding Fix for U.S. Territories

Dec. 17 | State and Territorial Health Leaders Applaud Bipartisan Work to Pass an FY20 Appropriations and Extenders Bill

Nov. 13 | ASTHO and George Mason University Innovate to Improve Public Health Through a New Academic and Practice Collaborative

Nov. 6 | Health Officials Seek to Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences

Oct. 16 | Connecticut Health Official Renée Coleman-Mitchell Testifies on Vaping Illnesses

Oct. 8 | Three Leading National Public Health Organizations Ring the Alarm About All-Time Highs of STDs

Sept. 26 | Nation’s Public Health Officials Urge Americans to Stop Vaping

Sept. 25 | ASTHO Awards Public Health Leaders and Agencies for Service

Sept. 25 | Panel of State Public Health Officials Testify on Lung Disease Outbreak

Sept. 25 | Arkansas Department of Health Secretary Nate Smith Named ASTHO President

Sept. 24 | Illinois Department of Public Health Director Ngozi Ezike Testifies on Lung Disease Outbreak

Sept. 12 | ASTHO Urges Increased Investment to Address Growing Obesity Epidemic

Sept. 12 | ASTHO Applauds Administration’s Decision to Halt Sales of Flavored E-Cigarettes

Aug. 29 | ASTHO Commends the Surgeon General Advisory About Marijuana Use on the Developing Brain

July 23 | ASTHO Urges Swift Approval of Bipartisan Budget Deal

May 23 | U.S. Territories Face Healthcare Cuts if Congress Does Not Address Impending Medicaid Financing Cliff

May 15 | ASTHO Members and Staff Named to Inaugural List of 40 Under 40 Public Health Leaders

May 13 | ASTHO Releases Latest Public Health Review Podcast Episode: CDC Director Robert Redfield Talks Opioids, HIV, and Vaccine Hesitancy

May 9 | ASTHO Member and Delaware Health Official Karyl Rattay Testifies on Nation’s Opioid Epidemic

May 8 | Health Officials Combat Nation’s Maternal Mortality Rates

May 2 | ASTHO Statement on House FY20 Appropriations Bill

Apr. 29 | Walgreens and Rite Aid Make Good Public Health Move on Raising Age to Purchase Tobacco, But More Is Needed

Apr. 9 | Supporting Governmental Public Health Should be a Congressional Priority Says Dr. Nathaniel Smith at Today’s House Appropriations Hearing

Apr. 2 | ASTHO Celebrates National Public Health Week

Mar. 11 | State and Local Health Officials at the Capitol to Urge Congress to Prioritize Funding for Public Health

Mar. 5 | Current Measles Outbreaks Should Alarm Every American and Highlight the Critical Importance of Vaccination Programs

Feb. 11 | ASTHO Urges Broad Tobacco Control Policies to Stop Youth E-Cigarette Use

Feb. 5 | ASTHO Commends President Trump's Commitment to Ending HIV Transmission by 2030

2018

Dec. 18 | Public Health Leaders Applaud U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on E-Cigarette Use

Dec. 12 | State and Territorial Health Leaders Commend Selection of John Wiesman as Co-Chair of Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

Nov. 30 | ASTHO Awarded W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant To Support Healthy Communities

Nov. 29 | ASTHO President States Third Year of Declining Life Expectancy is a “Wake-Up Call”

Nov. 8 | ASTHO Statement on Public Notification of Legionella Outbreaks

Oct. 25 | Health Officials Alarmed by Declining U.S. Vaccination Rates, Country Could Face Scenario Like Europe's Measles Outbreak

Oct. 24 | ASTHO Statement on Trump Administration's Latest Opioid Efforts

Oct. 17 | ASTHO Launches Public Health Podcast Series

Sept. 28 | State and Territorial Health Officials Join White House Opioid Conference

Sept. 28 | ASTHO Recognizes State, Territorial, and National Leaders in Public Health

Sept. 27 | ASTHO Launches National Campaign to Support Healthy Communities, Aligning with NACCHO and the U.S. Surgeon General

Sept. 27 | Rhode Island Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Named ASTHO President

Sept. 25 | Health Officials Respond to Alarming Increases in Congenital Syphilis

Sept. 10 | ASTHO Statement on the Bipartisan Opioid Crisis Response Act

Aug. 28 | ASTHO Statement on Rise in National Sexually Transmitted Disease Rates

Aug. 20 | Michigan Court Decision on Health Official's Case is Bad for Public Health

Aug. 7 | Health Officials Seek Sustained Investments to Protect Moms and Babies

July 23 | ASTHO Files Amicus Brief in Michigan Case, Argues Against Criminally Charging Health Officials During Major Public Health Crises

June 21 | Public Health Leaders Note Great Progress in National Adult Smoking Rate Reduction, But More Needs to be Done

June 19 | Nation’s Health Officials Very Concerned About the Public Health Impact of Family Separations at the U.S.-Mexico Border

June 1 | ASTHO and Safe States Alliance Respond to Rising Injury Deaths Among Children and Adolescents

May 17 | ASTHO Member and West Virginia Health Commissioner Rahul Gupta Testifies on Nation’s Opioid Epidemic

May 1 | Illnesses on the Rise from Mosquito, Tick, and Flea Bites Remain Top Issue for Health Officials

April 26 | ASTHO Urges Congress to Increase Funding for Public Health Programs

March 23 | ASTHO Statement on the Appointment of CDC Director, Robert Redfield

March 22 | ASTHO Statement on the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018

March 19 | ASTHO Statement on President Trump's Plan to End the Opioid Epidemic and Address America's "Crisis Next Door"

March 16 | ASTHO Statement on FDA’s Announcement to Reduce Nicotine in Cigarettes

March 15 | Top State and Territorial Public Health Issues Revealed in New Building a Healthier Nation Report 

March 13 | State and Territorial Health Officials Gather in Washington, D.C. to Advocate for Public Health Funding

Feb. 12 | ASTHO Statement on President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Feb. 9 | ASTHO Applauds Bipartisan Budget Deal

Jan. 31 | ASTHO Statement on Resignation of CDC Director

Jan. 23 | Opioid Epidemic Remains a Public Health Emergency

Jan. 22 | Government Shutdown Puts Nation's Health at Risk

Jan. 11 | New ASTHO Profile Report Offers Comprehensive Look at Nation's Health Agencies

2017 and Earlier

2017

Dec. 18 | ASTHO Statement on Media Reports Regarding “Banned Words” at CDC

Dec. 8 | Health Officials Encourage Flu Shots to Protect Pregnant Women and Infants

Dec. 4 | ASTHO Requests $1 Billion in Emergency Supplemental Funding for Opioid Epidemic

Nov. 21 | New Opioid Reports Support ASTHO Call for Increased Investment in Prevention

Nov. 15 | New Guidelines Highlight Public Health Role in Promoting Heart Health

Nov. 1 | Mixed Progress on Preventing Preterm Births Concerns State and Territorial Health Officials

Oct. 26 | State Health Officials Commend Public Health Emergency Declaration to Address Opioid Epidemic

Sept. 21 | John Wiesman Named ASTHO President

Sept. 21 | ASTHO Awards Public Health Leaders for Outstanding Service

Sept. 20 | ASTHO Opioid Framework Assists Health Officials in Combating the Epidemic

Sept. 13 | State Health Officials Strongly Encourage Influenza Vaccinations Among Pregnant Women

Aug. 31 | State Health Officials, Medical Experts, and Safety Advocates Call on FDA to Seek Removal of Ultra-High Dosage Opioids

July 7 | State and Territorial Health Leaders Commend Selection of Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald for CDC Director

June 29 | State and Territorial Health Leaders Commend Nomination of Dr. Jerome Adams for U.S. Surgeon General

June 27 | State Public Health Leaders Urged to Increase Efforts to Prevent Injuries

June 22 | Senate Discussion Draft Eliminates Important Public Health Programs; Pushes Costs to States

June 20 | ASTHO Provides Recommendations to President’s Commission on Opioids

June 15 | ASTHO Recognizes Georgia’s Public Health Champions

June 9 | State and Territorial Health Officials Respond to New CDC Report That Finds Zika Infection During Any Trimester Can Lead to Severe Birth Defects

May 23 | ASTHO Statement on President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

May 4 | Vital Public Health Programs will be Eliminated with Passage of AHCA

April 20 | ASTHO Applauds Administration's Commitment to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

April 5 | Health Officials Intensify Zika Prevention Efforts

April 3 | ASTHO Celebrates National Public Health Week

March 23 | ASTHO Celebrates 75 Years of Public Health Leadership

March 16 | ASTHO Statement on the President's 2018 Budget Blueprint

March 8 | State and Territorial Health Officials Gather in Washington, D.C. to Make the Case for Prevention and Public Health Programs

March 7 | ASTHO Executive Director Michael Fraser Responds to the Affordable Care Act Replacement Bill

Feb. 2 | ASTHO Receives Telework Achievement Award

Jan. 27 | ASTHO and Safe States Alliance Commit to Supporting State Injury and Violence Prevention Programs

2016

Dec. 12 | State and Territorial Health Leaders Praise Surgeon General’s Report on E-Cigarettes

Nov. 17 | State and Territorial Health Officials Applaud Surgeon General’s First Ever Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

Nov. 15 | Health Officials and Attorneys General Convene to Discuss Legal and Public Health Solutions to Opioid Epidemic

Sept. 14 | State Health Officials to Congress: Act on Zika Funding Now

July 5 | ASTHO Board Selects Michael Fraser to Serve as New Executive Director

May 16 | Public Health Organizations Unite in Call to Restore State and Local Emergency Funding and Approve Emergency Supplemental for Zika

Feb. 2 | ASTHO Challenges Members to Promote Health Equity and Health in All Policies

2015

Dec. 12 | ASTHO and de Beaumont Foundation Commit to Improve the Public Health Workforce

Oct. 21 | Signs Point to Imminent Public Health Workforce Exit

Oct. 2 | ASTHO Executive Director Announces New Role at the March of Dimes

Oct. 1 | ASTHO Announces New Leadership Appointments

Sept. 30 | ASTHO Honors 2015 Public Health Heroes

Sept. 30 | Utah, Colorado, Tennessee, and Missouri Win ASTHO Vision Awards for Innovative Projects

June 2 | State and Territorial Health Agencies Play Critical Role in Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance

March 18 | ASTHO Announces Progress in the Development of The Public Health Community Platform

Jan. 27 | Multistate Measles Outbreak Drives Up State Health Agency Costs and Points to Importance of Quality Immunization Communication