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The Historic Opportunity COVID-19 Presents to Address Health Equity

The disparities experienced during the COVID pandemic have brought a national focus to health equity in our nation. The attention and resources currently being provided to help address health ...

Public Health Thank You Day: Thoughts From ASTHO Leadership

Every year on Nov. 22, ASTHO—and countless other agencies and organizations worldwide—take a moment to acknowledge the public health workforce on Public Health Thank You Day. Like so many other days ...

Building Capacity and Dedicating Field Staff to Address Substance Use Disorders During COVID-19

Ohio,
Blog,

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated barriers to care and treatment for individuals experiencing opioid use disorder. Experts estimate a record-setting 90,000 people died of a drug overdose in ...

The Children COVID-19 Left Behind: A Public Health Call to Action

ACEs,
Blog,

Researchers estimate more than 140,000 children in the United States experienced the death of a parent or grandparent caregiver between April 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. The study highlights ...

Despite Major Benefits, Flavored Tobacco Regulations Face an Uphill Battle Led by Big Tobacco

Flavored tobacco policy has changed rapidly over the past few months. In April, FDA announced their intention to implement rules prohibiting the sale of menthol e-cigarettes and flavored cigars, ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

Pharmacies Are Critical to Pandemic Planning, Not Just Response

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Pharmacies have long been instrumental partners in providing lifesaving vaccines nationwide. As state and territorial health officials evaluate their COVID-19 response, planners must include input ...

Proposed Vaccination Laws to Watch in the New Year

HIV,
PFAS,

Vaccines are one of the greatest public health achievements of the last century, as well as some of the most powerful and cost-effective tools to prevent disease, disparities, disability, and death ...

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 ...

Inclusive Contracting: Successes to Advance Breastfeeding Equity

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Though now an illegal practice, government contracts, policies, and practices have generally excluded women, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Still, practices and existing structures ...

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 ...