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Dengue Preparedness in the U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States

Blog,
Guam,

Both the Pacific and Caribbean are on the front lines of the dengue health security threat. As a result, many island areas, especially in the USAPI and Puerto Rico, are doing great work to combat ...

Building Capacity to Navigate the Prevention of Suicide, Overdose, and Adverse Childhood Experiences

ACEs,

Whatever stage agencies are in addressing the intersection of suicide, overdose, and ACEs, ASTHO’s SPACECAT Capacity Elements Toolkit simplifies action ideas for health agency staff and leadership to ...

Domestic Holiday Travel Pandemic Restrictions and Recommendations

Guam,
Iowa,
Ohio,
Utah,

The 2020 holiday season is coinciding with a nationwide surge of COVID-19 cases. With great concern that holiday travel to see loved ones may exacerbate community spread of the virus, many states are ...

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 ...

Reflections From the Field: Pacific and Atlantic Jurisdictions Remain Resolute Amid Adversity

Guam,
Blog,

In the late fall of 2021, ASTHO leadership visited select jurisdictions in the Pacific and the Atlantic for the first time since COVID-19 curtailed travel to these regions. It was a fantastic to ...

Jurisdictions Using Policy to Address Unique Island Area Health Challenges

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 ...

State, Territorial Health Policies Strengthening Emergency Preparedness Efforts

While COVID-19 is still present and ever-changing, public health professionals must also grapple with new challenges such as monkeypox, increasing firearm homicide, and widespread heat waves. In the ...

Addressing Privacy Concerns of Using Mental Healthcare via Telehealth

Ohio,
Utah,

In an effort to help meet demand, some states and territories have joined interjurisdictional licensing compacts that allow a mental healthcare provider licensed in one state to provide care in ...

How the Emergence of Xylazine Impacts Overdose Prevention Policy

Guam,
Utah,

How the Emergence of Xylazine Impacts Overdose Prevention Policy overdose prevention policy, overdose crisis, fatal overdoses, emergence of xylazine, illicit drug supply, toxicological testing, ...

ASTHO Addresses Insular Areas Health Equity Through Federal Engagement

Guam,

As the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, ASTHO is committed to the T in our name. The health officials from the territories and freely-associated states are valued members and we ...

States and Territories Strengthening Infection Prevention and Control Policies

Guam,

While largely preventable, healthcare-associated infections are the most common complication of hospital care, are a leading cause of death in the United States, and increased significantly during ...

Sharing Island Stories on Health Equity: Setting the Stage for Equity in the Island Areas

Blog,
Guam,

In the spring of 2022, ASTHO’s island area members convened at the first island-focused COVID-19 Health Equity Action Institutes and asked each other what creating an equitable and sustainable public ...

State and Territorial Caregiver Wellness Policies May Reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences

ACEs,
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 ...

Jurisdictions Moving Many ASTHO Essential Tobacco Control Policies Forward

Guam,
Iowa,

Over the past several years, states and jurisdictions have continued to implement important policies to reduce tobacco and nicotine use, including increasing tobacco prices, expanding areas deemed ...