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  • Nominate Your Colleagues for ASTHO's 2018 Public Health Awards

    ASTHO invites the public health community to nominate outstanding professionals at the national and state/territory levels and recognize colleagues for their achievements, dedication, and service to the field of public health by nominating them for ASTHO's 2018 annual awards. Visit the link above for award descriptions and nomination forms. Nomination are due by 12 p.m. ET on Feb. 23, 2018.

  • ASTHO Requests Applications for Primary Care Intensive Learning Community

    ASTHO with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), invites states and territories to apply for a 24-month Primary Care Intensive Learning Community, which will offer technical assistance to teams comprised of state and territorial health officials (or a designee) and Primary Care Office (PCO) staff working on innovative strategies to advance primary care, behavioral health and public health integration, improve access to care, and improve health outcomes in their jurisdiction. Applications are due Feb. 28, 2018.

  • 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.

  • Blending, Braiding, and Block Granting Funds for Public Health and Prevention: Implications for States

    This report shares insights and recommendations from state public health and Medicaid policymakers to help both federal and state leaders think strategically about possible responses to potential policy and funding changes. The suggestions presented were formed by an ad-hoc group of state officials during a meeting convened by the de Beaumont Foundation, in partnership with ASTHO and the National Academy for State Health Policy.

  • Scope of Practice Policy

    This website helps educate state policymakers about scope of practice issues related to nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental hygienists, and dental therapists.

  • Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response: Assessing the Legal and Institutional Framework for Interagency Information Sharing

    This report discusses the legal and institutional framework impacting information sharing during a foodborne disease outbreak.

  • 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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  • Engaging Communities and Healthcare Partners to Improve Heart Health: Progress and Opportunities for Public Health

    It seems fitting for Valentine’s Day to occur during American Heart Month, a national health observance that reminds Americans to focus on their hearts. Promoting heart health is an important duty for public health leaders, too. Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in this country and a source of considerable suffering and disability. It’s also one of our success stories: Public health has made significant progress in reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease, mostly through tobacco control efforts and medical advances. However, following years of decline, these deaths rates are leveling off and additional action is needed to sustain progress and save countless lives—not just in February, but all year round.

  • An Early Look at Tobacco Legislative Trends in 2018

    Public health laws serve as a vital intervention to reduce the negative health effects and costs of tobacco use. Less than two months into 2018, ASTHO is already tracking close to 300 pieces of legislation that impact tobacco control efforts.

  • Member Spotlight: Alexia Harrist

    Alexia Harrist is state health officer and state epidemiologist of the Wyoming Department of Health’s Public Health Division. A board-certified pediatrician, Harrist entered public health after becoming an epidemic intelligence service officer assigned to the Wyoming Department of Health. She then worked as a medical officer in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination at CDC prior to returning to Wyoming. Harrist earned her MD and PhD in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.