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Public Health Policy Issues to Watch in 2021

HIV,
PFAS,

With many of the state and territorial legislatures reconvening over the next few weeks, we can look forward to new (and not-so-new) legislation start to crop up that will impact public health. To ...

Building a More Equitable Economy Post-Pandemic

SDoH,
Utah,
Blog,

Economic security and well-being, job stability, access to safe and affordable housing, access to healthy and nutritious foods, and access to resources to manage mental and physical health—all of ...

ASTHO’s Public Health Resolutions for 2021

HIV,
PFAS,
Blog,

Every year, ASTHO performs an annual environmental scan to identify these policy and programmatic priorities. The most recent scan occurred from June 2019 to May 2020. Through ongoing collection of ...

How States are Preparing for Opioid Settlement Funds

Ohio,

The opioid crisis continues to claim the lives of thousands across the United States and has cost the economy billions in health care, mortality, and criminal justice costs. In 2018, it’s estimated ...

What ASTHO Expects from the Incoming Biden Administration

As the country prepares for the inauguration of President-Elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on Wednesday, the incoming administration has highlighted several priorities over the next four years. This post ...

Promoting Mental Well-Being in a Post-Pandemic World

SDoH,
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 ...

Youth Sports as a Protective Factor to Promote Resiliency

Every year in mid-July is National Youth Sports Week—in 2021 it falls on July 19-23. It’s an important health observance because youth sports create strong connections with peers and caring adults, ...

What’s Next for Telehealth: States Try to Make COVID-19 Telehealth Options Permanent

Iowa,

During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, temporarily expanding the use of telehealth ...

Supporting Infant & Child Immunizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Q&A With Michael Warren

ACEs,

In recognition of National Infant Immunization Week, ASTHO and AMCHP interviewed Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP, and Associate Administrator of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) at the ...

HiAP Strategy Works in States, Locally to Meet Equity Challenges in COVID-19 Response

Blog,
HiAP,

While governments have faced challenges in adopting a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach to respond to COVID-19, the impact of the public health emergency across sectors such as housing, ...

ASTHO President Nirav D. Shah Looks Ahead to 2022

Amid so much uncertainty, it might feel naïve to make any claims about what the future holds. But it is in these moments that it becomes more important than ever to have beacons to guide us and ...