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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 ...

ASTHO Policy Watch 2022: Data Modernization and Privacy Protections

ASTHO notes the top state public health policy issues in an annual Legislative Prospectus series. ASTHO is publishing a prospectus for the top 10 policy issues to watch in 2022. This week we are ...

Proposed Vaccination Laws to Watch in the New Year

HIV,
PFAS,

Vaccines are one of the greatest public health achievements of the last century, as well as some of the most powerful and cost-effective tools to prevent disease, disparities, disability, and death ...

The Seven Biggest Public Health Policy Issues on the Hill in 2020

As a truly historic year comes to an end, many public health policy issues received a considerable amount of attention in 2020. Subjects such as the pandemic that will live on in infamy, racial ...

The Youth Mental Health Crisis: States Invest in Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention Strategies

ACEs,

Following disruptions to daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency departments saw an increase of mental health-related visits. A June 2021 study showed a significant increase of mental ...

What Gets Measured Gets Done: Using Data to Improve Child Health and Well-Being

Blog,
ACEs,

The adage “what gets measured, gets done” has had staying power for a reason. When we can accurately describe conditions, quantify impact, and elucidate connections, we have a better chance at taking ...

Ending the HIV Epidemic: 40 Years of Progress

HIV,

This June marked the 40-year anniversary of the first five cases of what later became known as AIDS reported in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Since then, more than 32 million people ...

Promoting Mental Well-Being in a Post-Pandemic World

Blog,

Although suicide was a critical public health issue in the U.S. long before the COVID-19 pandemic began, Americans are now reporting increased mental health challenges like depression, anxiety, and ...

ASTHO Policy Watch 2022: Health Equity and Rural Health

ASTHO has identified health equity and rural health as issues that policymakers across the country will consider in 2022.

Public Health Highlights of President’s FY22 Budget Proposal

In May 2021, President Biden released full details of the fiscal year 2022 budget. Overall, the budget request combines President Biden's American Jobs Plan, his American Families Plan, and ...

The Need for Modernizing Public Health Data in Responding to COVID-19

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Public health data collection and surveillance systems by health departments are in dire need of modernization. Though the public health community began developing a path to modernization over the ...

In Case You Missed It: 10 Headlines from ASTHO’s Public Health TechXpo

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A quick rundown of sessions and speakers at the 2022 ASTHO Public Health TechXpo.