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Health Equity Policy Toolkit

Guam,

This toolkit is designed to support public health leaders in leveraging the policy development process to achieve health equity in their jurisdiction.

Addressing Privacy Concerns of Using Mental Healthcare via Telehealth

Ohio,
Utah,

In an effort to help meet demand, some states and territories have joined interjurisdictional licensing compacts that allow a mental healthcare provider licensed in one state to provide care in ...

States Support Postpartum Health with Medicaid Expansions

Iowa,
Utah,

States Support Postpartum Health with Medicaid Expansions astho, association of state and territorial health officials, 2023 state legislative session, medicaid expansions, postpartum health, the ...

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. ...

What Gets Measured Gets Done: Using Data to Improve Child Health and Well-Being

Blog,
ACEs,

The adage “what gets measured, gets done” has had staying power for a reason. When we can accurately describe conditions, quantify impact, and elucidate connections, we have a better chance at taking ...

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 ...

Health in the 2020 Political Party Platforms

In anticipation of the upcoming presidential election in November, the Republican and Democratic National Committees released their platforms. These platforms provide an overview of values, policies, ...

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 ...

The Legal Framework for Administering COVID-19 Vaccines

Iowa,

Anticipating a rapid deployment of COVID-19 vaccines as they are authorized, the CDC developed COVID-19 Vaccination Program Operational Guidance in collaboration with state and local jurisdictions to ...

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 ...

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 ...

2023 Legislative Session Update: Part Two

Iowa,

A mid-session legislative update on five of ASTHO's top 10 public health state policy issues to watch in 2023: data privacy and modernization, reproductive health, health equity, strengthening ...

Shifting Legal Landscape of Public Health and Places of Worship

Ohio,
Utah,

Reconciling the tension between public health and civil liberties is one of the most significant challenges of public health law and ethics. The Supreme Court of the United States historically upheld ...

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 ...

Public Health Policy Issues to Watch in 2021

HIV,
PFAS,

With many of the state and territorial legislatures reconvening over the next few weeks, we can look forward to new (and not-so-new) legislation start to crop up that will impact public health. To ...

Scarce Medical Resources Caused by COVID-19 Lead to Difficult Allocation Decisions

As the Delta variant spreads across the country and increases the number of COVID-19 cases, the strain it is placing on the nation’s health system continues to grow. The surge of COVID-19 patients is ...

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.