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Updated Rundown of State and Territorial COVID-19 Mask Requirements

Guam,
Ohio,

Several states and territories, as well as many local governments, are going beyond recommendations and requiring individuals to wear face coverings when they are in public settings and spaces (i.e. ...

How States are Handling School Vaccination Requirements in a Pandemic

Ohio,

Conditioning school attendance on student vaccinations is an evidence-based way of maintaining and increasing vaccine coverage. State law establishes school vaccination requirements which apply not ...

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 ...

The Impact of COVID-19 Telehealth Flexibilities on Maternity Care

This brief focuses on how telehealth expansion during the COVID-19 pandemic has increased access to care for pregnant and postpartum women, and made maternal and child health care services like ...

States Serving Up Healthy Eating Policies

States have identified different strategies to implement healthy eating approaches and reduce obesity at the school and community levels, as well as through food labeling at grocery stores and food ...

Harm Reduction Policies Can Prevent Overdose Fatalities

Adopting a public health approach to substance use by implementing harm reduction policies across all levels of government can help communities address the overdose crisis. This post analyzes e

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 ...

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 ...

State/Territorial Policy Considerations for Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences

ACEs,
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 ...

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 ...

Reproductive Health Services Expanded During Pandemic but Inequities Persist

STIs,

When the COVID-19 pandemic began the need for greater access to virtual reproductive healthcare services increased dramatically. Telehealth increased access to providers, eased workflows and ...

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 ...

ASTHO Policy Watch 2022: E-Cigarettes and Flavored Tobacco Products

Utah,

Each year, ASTHO notes the top public health policy issues to watch in the upcoming year. ASTHO has published a prospectus on several issues, with more coming later this month. ASTHO kicked off its ...

COVID-19 Pandemic Underscores Need for Tobacco Control Policies

Utah,

The COVID-19 pandemic has further amplified the need for strong tobacco prevention and cessation policies. Research indicates that tobacco use is associated with increased rate of COVID-19 disease ...

States Seek to Increase HPV Vaccine Coverage Through School Immunization Requirements

STIs,

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a common virus that can lead to certain types of cancer later in life. Because of this, some policymakers are working to include the HPV vaccine in school entry ...

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 ...

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 ...