Multiple intersecting social, psychological, and biological factors influence a person's well-being. Social behavioral health refers to the larger social constructs that influence behavior and impact individual, community, and population health.

The field of public health has an integral role in addressing behavioral health, which encompasses mental health, substance abuse disorders, and behavior change. While acknowledging the importance of a full continuum of services, public health often focuses on primary prevention and addressing the broader community, societal, and systemic factors essential to good health.


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Creating a Shared Approach to Suicide and Overdose Prevention

A tool to help states and territories build comprehensive prevention strategies that target common factors shared by suicide and overdose.

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State Strategies for Advancing Viral Hepatitis Elimination

Synthesizes key actions and proven strategies for public health leaders to consider as they approach elimination planning.

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Prevention for the Next Generation: Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences, Suicide, and Overdose

This podcast covers why understanding the intersection of suicide, overdose, and ACEs is critical to helping people—especially youth—live happy and healthy lives.

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Latest Social and Behavioral Health Resources

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A Roadmap for Using a Public Health Approach to Prevent Firearm Injury

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How States Can Leverage JUUL Settlement Funds to Promote Public Health

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The Benefits of Primary Prevention

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Closing the Distance in Puerto Rico

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Closing the Distance in Florida

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Closing the Distance in Massachusetts

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Current Trends in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health

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New Framework Helps Public Health Leaders Navigate Suicide, Mental Health

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ASTHO partners with federal, state, territorial, and non-profit agencies to address a variety of social and behavioral health topics. Key partners include state and territorial health agencies, the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, the Safe States Alliance, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, the American Public Human Services Association, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.