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ASTHO Policy Watch 2022: Mental Health

Ohio,

Continuing ASTHO’s Legislative Prospectus series—which highlights the top 10 public health policy issues for 2022—this post focuses on mental and behavioral health, as well as supporting the public ...

States Ensure Safe and Accessible Elections During COVID-19

Utah,

In 1965, while signing the Voting Rights Act into law, President Lyndon B. Johnson stated that “a man without a vote is a man without protection.” However, voting is a bit more complicated this year ...

Who Are the Vaccinators? A Look at the Vaccination Workforce

As the U.S. continues to undertake the largest vaccination campaign in almost a century, it has required government at all levels to surge workforce capacity. The federal government, states, ...

7 Things to Know About Recent Federal Actions and Opportunities to Improve Maternal Health

While the Biden Administration and Congress have no shortage of immediate health issues to focus on, improving maternal health outcomes—particularly Black maternal morbidity and mortality—have become ...

Building a More Equitable Food and Nutritional Assistance System Post-Pandemic: Perspective From Feeding America

SDoH,
Ohio,

The need for food and nutritional assistance is growing. Based on Feeding America’s food insecurity projections released in March, it is anticipated that 42 million people may experience food ...

State Legislative Activity Supports Federal Evidence-Based HIV Prevention Initiative

HIV,

Across the nation, public health agencies have mounted herculean efforts to stem the COVID-19 pandemic while addressing a pre-existing HIV epidemic and an opioid crisis that is serving as a source ...

State/Territorial Policy Considerations for Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences

ACEs,
SDoH,
Ohio,

ASTHO staff identified a range of evidence-supported policies considered by state legislatures that could prevent ACEs. This report synthesizes these research and policy proposals and is intended for ...

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 ...

Ensuring Safe Access to Oral Healthcare During COVID-19

Dental care and the oral health workforce have also been tremendously impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the midst of stay at home orders, nationwide closures, and related employment loss, people ...