A key part of ASTHO’s work is supporting state and territorial health agencies to improve the health and well-being of families, women of reproductive age, infants, children, and adolescents—including those with special healthcare needs. ASTHO increases public health capacity to develop and implement policies and programs in support of maternal and child health.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment in Pregnancy

Pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorder continue to struggle with accessing services that would make recovery possible. Read examples of state legislation passed to address recovery program implementation, treatment funding and insurance coverage, and provider education.

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COVID-19 and the Fourth Trimester

ASTHO’s podcast on COVID-19’s impact on overdose-related deaths during the postpartum period, also known as the fourth trimester.

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Dedicating Field Staff to Address SUD during COVID-19

COVID-19 has diverted attention, funds, and personnel usually focused on the opioid crisis. State and local public health departments are experiencing an all-time low in staffing, especially among Maternal and Child Health programs.

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Latest Resources

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Understanding the Updated Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines

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Overcoming Common Barriers to Data Linkage

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Home Visiting Reauthorization: The First Trimester

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Some Early Childhood Development Programs Stalled, Others Flourished During Pandemic

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Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic on Youth

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Changes to School Nutrition Programs Helping Curb Pandemic-Related Impacts

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Children’s Cabinets in Minnesota and Iowa Share Successes and Challenges

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Period Poverty: A Growing Public Health Concern

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Collaborations

Learning Communities:

ASTHO and APHSA’s Transformative Leaders for Thriving Families Project:

ASTHO and the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), with support from Casey Family Programs, are partnering to bring together leaders from public health and child welfare sectors to jointly create new approaches to drive progress, help families thrive, and use prevention-focused public health approaches to reduce the number of adverse childhood experiences families experience. To learn more about this project, view our first two publications in this series: A background document and a summary of opportunities to fund programs that support child well-being.

  • The Breastfeeding State Learning Community supports jurisdictions in improving breastfeeding disparity rates and promoting health equity through state and local collaboration.
  • The Contraception Access Learning Community supports states and territories as they navigate policy and funding issues in access to contraception services including expanding telehealth, service equity and addressing bias in discrimination in care delivery, and supporting the state and territorial workforce.
  • The Linking PRAMS and Clinical Outcomes Data Multi-Jurisdiction Learning Community supports states, territories, and jurisdictions as they build capacity to conduct data linkage activities between PRAMS and other maternal and child clinical outcomes data sets.
  • Through the Opioid Use, Maternal Outcomes, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Initiative (OMNI) Learning Community ASTHO disseminated strategies and best practices supporting policy implementation related to opioid use disorder (OUD) among pregnant and postpartum women and infants diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).
  • The Using Data to Address Racial Inequities in MCH Learning Community builds epidemiologic workforce capacity and informs data strategies for promoting racial equity in maternal and child health across the lifespan.
  • Funded by HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Promoting Innovation in State and Territorial MCH Policymaking (PRISM) Learning Community is a five-year partnership between ASTHO and the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP). Participating jurisdictions focus on strengthening and modifying existing policies and strategies related to mental health and substance use more broadly, including but not limited to alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and opioid use.