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  • ASTHO Learning Community Request for Applications - Advancing Public Health Surveillance & Electronic Case Reporting

    States are invited to apply for a learning community of practice on Advancing Public Health Surveillance and Electronic Case Reporting (eCR). Applications are due Feb. 11, 2019.

  • Public Health Systems Improvement Capacity Building Technical Assistance (CBTA) Opportunity

    The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from CDC CSTLTS, is pleased to offer capacity building and technical assistance (CBTA) to strengthen health department capacity in performance management, systems improvement, planning, and accreditation sustainability. Through this CBTA, up to nine (9) state and four (4) territorial health agencies will receive individual and group support, virtual and in-person training, and facilitated peer-to-peer exchange from ASTHO. This is a non-monetary CBTA opportunity. The deadline to submit applications is Weds., Jan. 23, 2019, 11:59 ET.

  • Funding Opportunities

    View details on an upcoming funding opportunity - Viral Hepatitis Epidemiologic Profiles (applications due Jan. 31, 2019).

  • Leading Public Health Practice Though Health Informatics and Technology Guidebook

    ASTHO’s guidebook, Leading Public Health Practice Through Health Informatics and Technology, provides additional information on achieving bidirectional data exchange and preparing for eCR adoption and implementation.

  • 2019 Primary Care Office Training Academy

    ASTHO and NOSORH are pleased to announce a request for mentee applications for the 2019 PCO Training Academy, supported with funding from HRSA. In this training opportunity, new or new-to-their-role PCO staff are matched with experienced PCO mentors over the course of several months. Mentors and mentees will also participate in an in-person training academy kick-off meeting. Applications are due Jan. 24, 2019.

  • Sexual Violence Prevention: Legislation Scan

    This ASTHOReport examines adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and housing stability legislation during the 2018 session.

  • Investing in STD Prevention: Making the Case for Your Jurisdiction

    These customizable factsheets were designed to show the impact of STD program funding on disease burden and associated medical costs.

  • Behavioral and Public Health Interconnection

    This ASTHOReport outlines recommendations from public health leaders in connecting behavioral and public health systems through partnerships, financing, data and policy.

  • States Work Across Agencies to Inform Opioid Prescribing Practices

    This ASTHOBrief describes how Pennsylvania and Virginia advanced regulatory measures to address substance use disorder prevention and treatment with a focus on opioid prescribing practices and provider education.

  • Region 1 and 2 Opioid Best Practices 2018

    Region I and II state and territorial health officials developed this resource on opioid prevention and treatment best practices. This report is the culmination of a year-long multidisciplinary committee, chaired by Monica Bharel (SHO-MA), working with ASTHO as part of the 2017-2018 President’s Challenge.

ASTHO President's Challenge Initiatives

A yearly initiative of ASTHO to improve population health through the work of state public health agencies.


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  • State Legislation Supporting Increased Breastfeeding Duration

    Breastfeeding is known to have health benefits for both mothers and babies, including reduced risks of asthma and obesity for babies and a lower risk of high blood pressure and breast cancer for mothers. Unfortunately, barriers such as a lack of support from a woman’s partner, family, hospital, or worksite, can make it difficult for some women to breastfeed through their baby’s first year.

  • The Vital Role of State Primary Care Offices: Ensuring Access to Quality Care

    Ensuring access to competent primary care is an essential function of state and territorial health agencies. Research findings indicate that access to regular primary care is associated with higher rates of receiving preventive care and lower rates of preventable emergency department visits. To improve access to primary care in their jurisdiction, state and territorial health officials rely on their state primary care offices (PCO) to coordinate and execute this systems-level work.

  • New Year, New Call to Action

    The recent release of the second edition of the "Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans" is timely. A goal to be more physically fit is a common New Year’s resolution. Given the increasing evidence cited in the report for both the immediate and long-term impact of physical activity on the public’s health, the guidelines are an opportunity for state and territorial health departments to examine and revise their efforts to increase participation in physical activity across the nation.