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From the Chief Medical Officer: How State Health Officials Can Make a Stand Against Menthol

Tobacco control has been a public health success in states across the nation, but there is still work to be done, especially surrounding the popularity of menthol and other types of flavored tobacco.

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Public Health in the Courts

There are a number of court cases playing out across the country that could affect the options state and territorial health officials have to limit the spread of disease and promote health and ...

2023 Legislative Session Update: Part One

HIV,
PFAS,
Guam,
Utah,

A mid-session legislative update on five of ASTHO's top 10 public health state policy issues to watch in 2023: tobacco, HIV, mental health, PFAS, and opioids.

Policymakers Boosting Public Health Readiness for Respiratory Illness Season

Guam,

Public health leaders are positioned to prevent illness from the "tripledemic” of COVID-19, Influenza, and RSV with approved vaccines and preventative antibody treatments.

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. ...

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 ...

Top Nine Public Health Highlights of 2019

HIV,

ASTHO CEO Michael Fraser looks back on nine of the top public health highlights in 2019.

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 ...

Infant Mental Health Policies Critical for Long-Term Well-Being

Federal and state legislation can play a role in promoting positive infant mental health by providing funding and policies that support early intervention, caregiver assistance, and the creation of ...

How States Can Leverage JUUL Settlement Funds to Promote Public Health

Iowa,

To address the youth tobacco epidemic, jurisdictions filed lawsuits against JUUL to end their marketing practices aimed at youth and to obtain compensation from the financial toll experienced by ...

How State and Territorial Health Departments Can Navigate Recent Executive Actions

One of tools presidents have to implement and drive their strategy are executive actions. Executive orders and presidential memoranda carry the force of law and allow presidents to move quickly, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Promoting Health Equity Through State Orders for COVID-19 Testing

In order to contain and mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread, rapid testing is key. Rampant and efficient testing determines who has the virus and who may be at risk of transmitting it, and ...

Strategic Policies Protect Breastfeeding in Workplaces and Schools

Guam,
Utah,

Families who wish to breastfeed in the United States often face barriers in workplace and school settings. To address these disparities, federal, state, and territorial governments are adopting ...