Public Policy


2018 ASTHO Advocacy Priorities

2018 ASTHO Federal Legislative Agenda

ASTHO’s federal government affairs activities are guided by the ASTHO Board approved 2018 Federal Legislative Agenda. The 2018 federal legislative agenda represents the most pressing needs of state and territorial health officials and is updated on an annual basis.  

CDC 22 by 2022 Fact Sheet

22 by 2022 Fact Sheet Cover22 by 22 is a campaign urging Congress to increase funding for the CDC 22 percent by fiscal year 2022 (FY22). CDC and its state and local public health partners saves lives every day by promoting optimal health for all, protecting against disease, and helping to prevent other crises. With all the threats and challenges our nation faces today, now is the time to adequately fund the CDC.

FY19 Governmental Public Health Appropriations Book

FY19 Governmental Public Health Appropriations Book CoverASTHO and our members are supported in our appropriations work by a network of 21 affiliate organizations representing a wide array of public health issues, with the shared mission of promoting and protecting the public’s health and preventing illness and injury. The FY19 Governmental Public Health Appropriations Book compiles top federal funding priorities and recommendations for nonprofit public health associations in FY19. It is designed to ensure that Congress appropriates the necessary resources for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and includes appropriations forms from the following organizations:

  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Association of Immunization Managers
  • Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
  • Association of Public Health Laboratories
  • Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
  • National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
  • National Coalition of STD Directors
  • National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
  • National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems
  • Safe States Alliance

Public Health Federal Funding Request to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Public Health Federal Funding Request to Address Opioid Epidemic CoverOn December 4, 2017, in response to the President’s recent declaration of the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency and the final report of the President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, ASTHO called on the President and the Congress to provide an additional $500 million in FY18 and the same or greater amount in FY19 to expand and strengthen CDC, state, local and territorial capacity to respond to the opioid crisis.

Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Reauthorization Priorities

ASTHO, along with a group of 13 other organizations that represent public health, healthcare, patients, and persons with disabilities, developed a shared priorities document for the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA).

State Profiles 

ASTHO is proud to provide its members with this new resource. These profiles provide a snapshot of the important work of state and territorial public health agencies. These one-pagers include the contact information of the state health official, federal funding statistics, priorities for the agency, impact of potential cuts to federal funding, federal funding at work against the opioid crisis, accreditation status of the health department and more! 

These documents are tailored to each state/territory and are meant to help tell the story of the health department. It is only one small tool to help convey and support the important work our members do to improve the lives of their populations.


For questions or comments on any of these documents or ASTHO federal funding priorities, please contact Carolyn Mullen, chief, government affairs and public relations or Carolyn McCoy, senior director, federal government relations.