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Health Policy Tackles Joint Challenges of Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness

Each September marks National Preparedness Month. This year, public health emergency preparedness professionals look back on 20 years since the 9/11 attacks—the event that effectively launched the ...

Domestic Holiday Travel Pandemic Restrictions and Recommendations

Guam,
Iowa,
Ohio,
Utah,

The 2020 holiday season is coinciding with a nationwide surge of COVID-19 cases. With great concern that holiday travel to see loved ones may exacerbate community spread of the virus, many states are ...

State Policy Actions to Support Long-Term Care Facilities During COVID-19 Response

As COVID-19 emerged and spread in the U.S., people working and residing in long-term care facilities have experienced a significant burden of COVID-19 cases and deaths. As of Oct. 8, deaths ...

How States are Handling School Vaccination Requirements in a Pandemic

Ohio,

Conditioning school attendance on student vaccinations is an evidence-based way of maintaining and increasing vaccine coverage. State law establishes school vaccination requirements which apply not ...

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 Seek to Protect the Workers Who Feed America

SDoH,
Ohio,

Responsible for planting, growing, harvesting, processing, and preparing the food we eat, agricultural workers are essential workers during the COVID-19 response to keep the U.S. food supply chain ...

State Legislation to Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis and Address Institutional Racism

SDoH,

The movement to address racism through policy change in the U.S. is receiving significant political support at every level of government. Government institutions are acknowledging the systemic ...

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, ...

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 ...

Stronger Together: Six Strategies to Enhance Your State’s Suicide Prevention Infrastructure

SDoH,
Ohio,
Utah,

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the importance of continued mental health promotion and suicide prevention efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we address the physical effects of ...

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 ...

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 ...

COVID-19 Pandemic Underscores Need for Tobacco Control Policies

Utah,

The COVID-19 pandemic has further amplified the need for strong tobacco prevention and cessation policies. Research indicates that tobacco use is associated with increased rate of COVID-19 disease ...

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 ...

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: State Considerations for 2021

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) has become more prevalent in the United States, with the hospitalization rate increasing from 2.9 to 7.3 hospitalizations per 1,000 newborn births between 2009 and ...