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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 ...

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 ...

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

Blog,

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, ...

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 ...

How States Are Addressing the Public Health Crisis of Racism

An increasing body of research finds racism can have a significant impact across one’s lifespan. Research shows that persistent exposure to racial discrimination may result in premature aging, poor ...

Maternal Mortality in the U.S.: How States Are Working to Reverse the Rate

Two rising health trends are negatively affecting women’s health across the United States: maternal mortality (death from pregnancy or delivery complications) and severe maternal morbidity (mental ...

The Historic Opportunity COVID-19 Presents to Address Health Equity

Blog,

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 ...

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, ...

The Seven Biggest Public Health Policy Issues on the Hill in 2020

As a truly historic year comes to an end, many public health policy issues received a considerable amount of attention in 2020. Subjects such as the pandemic that will live on in infamy, racial ...

Examining the Americans With Disabilities Act in Emergency Responses

On Dec. 3, the International Day of People with Disabilities commemorates disability rights and brings awareness to essential issues for those with disabilities by promoting the “well-being of ...

Inclusive Contracting: Successes to Advance Breastfeeding Equity

Blog,

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 ...

States Take Action to Expand Access to PrEP Through Telehealth

HIV,
Iowa,
Utah,

State and local jurisdictions are developing Ending the HOV Epidemic plans. The EHE initiative has largely focused on four key strategies: Diagnose, Treat, Prevent, and Respond to potential ...

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

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 ...