Population health and public health prevention efforts aim to create systems, environments, and policies that promote the health of the larger population. ASTHO supports state and territorial health agencies in their efforts to reduce the factors that contribute to health problems and introduce evidence-based and innovative strategies that improve health and wellbeing.

Population health strategies include strengthening integration between payers, providers, community organizations, and public health agencies to better address the social determinants of health and health equity. It also includes the foundational data systems critical to monitoring and measuring impact. ASTHO engages with national partners to support state and territorial health agencies in their data modernization efforts and builds workforce capacity for interjurisdictional data sharing.

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Braiding and Layering Funding for Adverse Childhood Experiences Prevention

A report illustrating how health agencies can combine existing funding streams to achieve population-level impact.

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Evidence-Informed Substance Use Disorder Policies for Maternal and Child Populations

A two-page summary of proven strategies to support women and children impacted by substance use.

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Braiding and Layering Funding to Address the Social Determinants of Health

These resources highlight case examples and provide best practices for sustainably funding initiatives focused on Social Determinants of Health.

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Latest Prevention Resources

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Flexible Telehealth Policies Bridge the Rural Health Gap

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Roots of Equity: Addressing Health Disparities and Advancing Inclusive Solutions in Michigan

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Reducing Maternal Mortality, a Healthy People 2030 Leading Health Indicator

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COVID-19 Impact on Inpatient Admissions and Chronic Conditions Among Medicaid Enrollees with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Analysis of Louisiana and Pennsylvania

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Engaging Communities Is a Critical Tobacco Control Strategy

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Improving Access to Healthcare in the Pacific: Q&A with Patrick Abraham

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Tobacco Control Programs Use Business Process Mapping to Strengthen Workforce

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Promoting Mental Well-Being is a Vital Part of Comprehensive Suicide Prevention

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Collaborations

ASTHO has two policy committees—the Community Health and Prevention committee and the Population Health and Informatics committee—that help state and territorial public health agencies  build their capacity to address America’s major health problems and the leading causes of death and disability.