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More States Consider Restricting Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products

A pressing public health issue before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the need for public health interventions to reduce tobacco use is heightened with a strong association between tobacco use, in all ...

7 Things to Know About Recent Federal Actions and Opportunities to Improve Maternal Health

While the Biden Administration and Congress have no shortage of immediate health issues to focus on, improving maternal health outcomes—particularly Black maternal morbidity and mortality—have become ...

ASTHO’s Most Used Resources of 2021

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ASTHO's mission is to support, equip, and advocate for state and territorial health officials in their work of advancing the public's health and well-being. To that end, here are the 12 most ...

Recent Federal Actions Spur Changes to Children's Blood Lead Level Screenings and Response

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The COVID-19 pandemic introduced new challenges for screening children’s blood lead levels, as screening rates across the country dropped during stay-at-home orders. A substantive federal policy ...

Long COVID Causes Health Policy Shifts Across States

Data reveals that nearly one third of COVID-19 patients experience one or more post-COVID conditions that linger for weeks or months after infection. The cause, duration, and potential treatments for ...

Courts Considering Challenges to States Blocking School Mask Requirements

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Recent state laws and governor emergency orders prohibiting universal school mask protocols are complicating the implementation of CDC’s evidence-based guidance for COVID-19 mitigation measures for ...

Understanding the Impacts of COVID-19 on the Workforce

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The impact of the COVID-19 response on the public health workforce has been profoundly felt by employees and the agencies they serve. Across the country, unplanned leadership transitions, early ...

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 ...

Public Health Highlights of President’s FY22 Budget Proposal

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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 ...