Antimicrobial Resistance

Public health departments play a vital role in the effort to combat antimicrobial resistance. State health agencies work with partners to prevent infections and protect patients across the healthcare system by tracking resistance through different strains, improving antimicrobial use, and promoting stewardship.

State health agencies are critical in building partnerships to address antimicrobial resistance and in implementing stewardship activities across the continuum of care. ASTHO tracks state activities and provides a range of options for engagement, giving health agencies at all capacity levels the opportunity to develop or enhance stewardship policy and activities.

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Combating Antibiotic Resistance—Polices to Promote Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs

This report describes current state antimicrobial resistance activities and presents options for cross-agency engagement.

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State Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance

This brief overviews key strategies that states and territories can utilize to combat antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections, including enhanced surveillance analytics and coordinated prevention efforts.

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Latest Resources

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Eight Ways Health Department Leaders Can Support Effective HAI/AR Programs

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Partner Coordination Efforts to Strengthen Infection Prevention and Control Practices

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10 Ways State and Territorial Health Department Leaders Can Support Healthcare-Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Prevention, Detection, and Response

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Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea: Communication Tools for Health Departments

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Collaborations

The Council for Outbreak Response and Healthcare-Associated Infections: ASTHO, along with the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists, convenes public health and healthcare stakeholders and partners to improve practices and policies at the local, state, and national levels for the investigation, control, and prevention of healthcare-associated infection/antimicrobial resistance outbreaks across the healthcare continuum.