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Insular Areas Consider Variety of Public Health Related Legislation

PFAS,
Guam,

Each year, ASTHO tracks and analyzes key legislation that impacts public health, and highlights the emerging trends for our members. While the bulk of the tracked legislation arises in state ...

States Work to Support Rural Hospitals Despite Pandemic Challenges

Utah,

When rural hospitals close, it increases the distance people must travel for essential healthcare services. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted and magnified the factors leading to rural hospital ...

Public Health Policy Issues to Watch in 2021

HIV,
PFAS,

With many of the state and territorial legislatures reconvening over the next few weeks, we can look forward to new (and not-so-new) legislation start to crop up that will impact public health. To ...

2022 Legislative Session Update: Part Two

HIV,
PFAS,

The ASTHO State Health Policy team provides brief updates on 5 of the ten state health policy issues to watch in 2022: mental and behavioral health, rural health, e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco ...

Jurisdictions Using Policy to Address Unique Island Area Health Challenges

SDoH,
Guam,

ASTHO has several members from the territories and Freely Associated States—jurisdictions with unique challenges, and do not fall under the category of a state or federal district. This post is a ...

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: State Considerations for 2021

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) has become more prevalent in the United States, with the hospitalization rate increasing from 2.9 to 7.3 hospitalizations per 1,000 newborn births between 2009 and ...

State and Territorial Caregiver Wellness Policies May Reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences

ACEs,
SDoH,
Guam,

People exposed to adverse childhood experiences are at risk for negative physical and/or mental health outcomes, substance use disorders, and unfavorable social outcomes in adulthood. One known risk ...

As Families Seek More Work / Life Balance, States Consider Leave Policies

Paid family and medical leave policies are important tools for reducing health disparities, improving parent and child health, preventing COVID-19 transmission, and supporting other public health ...