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ASTHO Responds to House Ways and Means Request for Information on Improving Access to Health Care in Rural and Underserved Areas

On Oct. 4, 2023, ASTHO responded to a Request for Information from the U.S. House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee on the subject of improving access to healthcare and rural and ...

Preparedness Policy Highlights for Trending Public Health Threats

Iowa,

While communities transition from emergency response to long-term monitoring and recovery, the federal government and states are taking legislative action to improve emergency preparedness ...

From the Chief Medical Officer: How State Health Officials Can Make a Stand Against Menthol

Tobacco control has been a public health success in states across the nation, but there is still work to be done, especially surrounding the popularity of menthol and other types of flavored tobacco.

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Public Health in the Courts

There are a number of court cases playing out across the country that could affect the options state and territorial health officials have to limit the spread of disease and promote health and ...

Policymakers Boosting Public Health Readiness for Respiratory Illness Season

Guam,

Public health leaders are positioned to prevent illness from the "tripledemic” of COVID-19, Influenza, and RSV with approved vaccines and preventative antibody treatments.

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. ...

Insular Areas Consider Variety of Public Health Related Legislation

PFAS,
Guam,

Each year, ASTHO tracks and analyzes key legislation that impacts public health, and highlights the emerging trends for our members. While the bulk of the tracked legislation arises in state ...

Public Health Infrastructure Proposals Gain Steam in Congress

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the consequences of decades of underfunding. To ensure we are better prepared for future pandemics and biological threats, we must consider the long-term ...