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  • Building a Healthier Nation: The State of State and Territorial Public Health

    ASTHO’s new report highlights the five biggest public health issues facing state and territorial health agencies in 2018. The nation’s opioid crisis remains a high priority, while infectious diseases and other threats strain the capacity of our public health system. The report calls for sustained investments to promote health, prevent disease, and protect America’s health security.

  • ASTHO Profile of State and Territorial Public Health

    The ASTHO Profile presents longitudinal data on public health agency activities, structure, and resources, as well as individual agency profiles for all those who participated in the 2016 survey. In addition to the full report, ASTHO developed three infographics, a top findings report, and an animated video.

  • Summary: The Administration's FY 2018 Budget

    This resource summarizes the Administration's FY 2018 Budget Blueprint.

  • Zika Response: Updates and Resources

    On this site we share updates and resources from state and federal health agencies and their partners.

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  • ASTHO Immediate Past President Jay Butler Reflects on 2018 Washington Week

    Last week, ASTHO hosted its 2018 Washington Week, convening state and territorial health officials in the nation’s capital to make the case for public health funding, advocate for additional resources to address the opioid epidemic, and meet with federal partners and leadership at HHS and the White House. ASTHO spoke with Immediate Past President Jay Butler (SHO-AK) about key takeaways following the week’s events.

  • Reducing the Stigma of Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment

    In a 1923 speech to the Royal College of Surgeons, Rudyard Kipling remarked, “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. Not only do words infect, ergotise, nacotise, and paralyse, but they enter into and colour the minutest cells of the brain.” As public health practitioners and policymakers continue to grapple with the effects of yet another powerful drug—opioids—Kipling’s insight into the influence of words is a reminder of how the terms and phrases we use can stigmatize the diagnoses and treatment of substance use disorders (SUD). .

  • States Explore Bills to Address Contraceptive Access in 2018

    Healthy People 2020 sets out national goals and science-based objectives to improve the lives and wellbeing of all Americans. One of the goals is to increase the proportion of women at risk of an unintended pregnancy and their partners who use contraception. State policymakers can leverage laws, regulations, and other policies to promote access to contraception in support of that goal.