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Partner Spotlight: Q&A with Scott Becker, CEO of the Association of Public Health Laboratories

Six questions with Scott Becker, CEO of the Association of Public Health Laboratories. Becker is active in national and international public health initiatives. He chairs the Governance Working Group ...

State Policies to Improve Youth Mental Health and Reduce Suicides

Ohio,

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted youth mental health, particularly as a result of school closures, social isolation, family economic hardship, fear of family loss or illness, and reduced ...

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

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. ...

States Support Postpartum Health with Medicaid Expansions

Iowa,
Utah,

States Support Postpartum Health with Medicaid Expansions astho, association of state and territorial health officials, 2023 state legislative session, medicaid expansions, postpartum health, the ...

States Consider Role of COVID-19 Vaccination for School Enrollment

Iowa,
Ohio,
Utah,

This week might have marked the beginning of summer, but many policymakers and health officials have their eye on the upcoming school year and what that might mean in terms of getting students ...

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 ...

Improving School Workforce Capacity to Address Youth Mental Health

Blog,
Iowa,

The youth mental health crisis has created the need for a comprehensive workforce response, which requires educators and school administrative staff, school-based mental health professionals, and ...

Handle with Care: State Newborn Screening Policies

Utah,

In the U.S., jurisdictions vary in their newborn screening practices and requirements related to the scope of testing, approach to parental consent, options for blood sample destruction, sample ...