The food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink—these are all fundamental building blocks of health. ASTHO works with our members and other public health professionals to maintain these essential components of wellbeing. Along with these core issues, environmental public health considers other pieces of our environments that impact our health: vectors of disease like ticks and mosquitoes, the built environments in which we live, and climate change. 

Addressing climate change is a key part of our agenda now and in the foreseeable future. Caring for the health of the environment around us is an important means of caring for our own health—a connection that is seen repeatedly in the resources below. 

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APPLETREE ASTHOConnects and Factsheets

ASTHO, with support from CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), announced awards to five state health agencies (or their partners) to support their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Environmental Health Programs and Services Portal

ASTHO fielded the Environmental Health Programs and Services Survey to state and territorial environmental health directors in 2019. The dashboard presents information on environmental health programs and services provided by state and territorial health agencies. 

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Recording: One Health Webinars

ASTHO hosted informational webinars for states on the One Health framework—a collaborative approach to improve health outcomes that recognizes the connection between people, animals, and the environment.

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Latest Resources

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Strategies for Messaging About Cyanobacterial Blooms: Lessons From State Listening Sessions

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Jurisdictions Using Policy to Address Unique Island Area Health Challenges

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Public Health Confronts the Tick

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Cyanobacterial Blooms and Associated Illnesses Presentation slide deck
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Cyanobacterial Blooms and Associated Illnesses: A Clinician Training Module for Physicians and Healthcare Providers

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Lessons on State Resilience and Vulnerability to Complex Disasters

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Integrating Environmental Health and Electronic Health Information Using GIS Tools

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2022 Legislative Session Update: Part Two

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Implementing an Environmental Public Health Tracking Program: Challenges and Solutions

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Collaborations

ASTHO manages several environmental health groups, including the State and Territorial Environmental Health Directors peer group, the State Tribal Liaisons peer group, the National Association of Vector-Borne Disease Control Officials, the State Health in All Policies Group, and the Climate Change Collaborative.  

With input from these groups, we develop documents, interactive platforms, and webinars to showcase the work that the members do on key environmental health areas.  

We also convene more specific, ad hoc workgroups if there is an environmental health issue that requires more focus. These groups have helped in the development of some of our products as well, like Public Health Confronts the Mosquito 2nd Edition. 

ASTHO also convenes the Environmental Health Policy Committee and has worked with the committee to develop policy statements for climate and extreme weather, health in all policies, and a general environmental health policy statement.