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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


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


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


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


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


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