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ASTHO Policy Watch 2022: Maintaining Public Health’s Legal Authority to Prevent Disease Spread

Iowa,
Ohio,

States and territories have broad powers to protect public health and safety, including powers to prevent and control the spread of communicable disease typically exercised by state and territorial ...

State Policies to Improve Youth Mental Health and Reduce Suicides

Ohio,

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted youth mental health, particularly as a result of school closures, social isolation, family economic hardship, fear of family loss or illness, and reduced ...

Harm Reduction Policies Can Prevent Overdose Fatalities

Adopting a public health approach to substance use by implementing harm reduction policies across all levels of government can help communities address the overdose crisis. This post analyzes e

In Case You Missed It: 10 Headlines from ASTHO’s Public Health TechXpo

Blog,

A quick rundown of sessions and speakers at the 2022 ASTHO Public Health TechXpo.

Framing Health in All Policies: Terms That Resonate

Health in All Policies can be a successful strategy to expand collaboration between state and territorial agencies and other partners, but the terminology used in programs focused on these efforts ...

State Policy Can Reduce Systemic Racism in Public Health

Ohio,

In 2020 and early 2021, state policymakers took action to raise awareness of the impacts of racism on health outcomes, to reverse the damage of racist polices, and to implement policy changes to ...

Improving School Workforce Capacity to Address Youth Mental Health

Blog,
Iowa,

The youth mental health crisis has created the need for a comprehensive workforce response, which requires educators and school administrative staff, school-based mental health professionals, and ...

Jurisdictions Moving Many ASTHO Essential Tobacco Control Policies Forward

Guam,
Iowa,

Over the past several years, states and jurisdictions have continued to implement important policies to reduce tobacco and nicotine use, including increasing tobacco prices, expanding areas deemed ...