Keys to Addressing Maternal Mortality at the State Level: Consistency, Collaboration, and Data

December 12, 2017|5:25 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Despite an overall worldwide decline of 44 percent since 1990, pregnancy-related deaths have increased steadily in the United States. CDC estimates that over 700 women die each year due to pregnancy or delivery complications. The rate of severe maternal morbidity (SMM), an unexpected outcome to labor and delivery that results in significant short or long term consequences to a woman’s health, increased nearly 200 percent from 1994 to 2014. To address the increase in maternal mortality, states are focusing efforts on increasing consistency in care, fostering coordination and collaboration, and improving data systems. Fourteen states and CNMI are implementing maternal safety bundles through enrollment in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM). Thirty-three states have established maternal mortality review processes and several states have developed policies and practices intended to reduce to maternal morbidity and mortality. ASTHO affirms that reducing preventable maternal morbidity and mortality will improve both maternal and infant health outcomes and is crucial for the promotion of health. Read More »

ASTHO Leads in Public Health Prevention

April 05, 2017|11:44 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

ASTHO’s community health and prevention team supports a variety of policies and programs related to chronic disease prevention and heart promotion, healthy aging, injury prevention, and behavioral health, as well as tobacco prevention and control. Additionally, ASTHO assists state and territorial public health agencies in the development, coordination, and implementation of comprehensive, evidence-based approaches to wellness, with the goal of addressing America’s major health problems and leading causes of death and disability. Read More »

ASTHO President Rallies Health Officials to Prevent Substance Misuse and Addictions

November 15, 2016|1:16 p.m.| Leslie Erdelack

Substance misuse remains a serious and multifaceted public health problem in the United States, one that ASTHO President Jay Butler will confront as part of the 2017 President’s Challenge. Read More »

FDA Releases Rule That Regulates E-Cigarettes, Other Tobacco Products

May 05, 2016|4:21 p.m.| Scott Briscoe

In bid to stem growing nicotine use among teenagers, FDA restricts sale of e-cigarettes, hookah and pipe tobacco, and cigars to those 18-years or older among other regulations on these products. Read More »

Hitting Utah’s Opioid Epidemic from Multiple Angles

April 25, 2016|10:25 a.m.| KT Kramer

During the 2016 legislative session, Utah enacted nine bills to provide more tools and flexibility to respond to the state's epidemic of deaths from opioid overdose. Read More »

Why Blood Alcohol Concentration Testing and Reporting Is So Important

January 28, 2016|4:51 p.m.| Jane Esworthy

BAC testing and reporting has become very important in helping states, NHTSA, and safety partners understand the underlying factors of fatalities related to alcohol-impaired driving crashes and design solutions on local, state, and federal levels. Read More »

HHS and USDA Release New Dietary Guidelines for Americans

January 08, 2016|11:12 a.m.| Jane Esworthy

The guidelines recognize the importance of focusing on healthy eating patterns and recommend limiting added sugars, sodium, and saturated and trans fats in diets. Read More »

Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Talks Healthy Aging

October 01, 2015|11:08 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

In her address during the Healthy Aging session at the 2015 ASTHO Annual Meeting, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Director Ursula E. Bauer, PhD, MPH, said improving the health of older Americans spans all four NCCDPHP domains. Read More »

CDC: Most U.S. Middle and High Schools Start Earlier Than Recommended

August 11, 2015|3:48 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

According to a recent study, most U.S. middle and high school students begin classes earlier than current nationwide recommendations. Read More »

States Highlight Importance of Breastfeeding During World Breastfeeding Week

August 07, 2015|4:12 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7, health departments across the nation are raising awareness about breastfeeding and have developed policies that promote breastfeeding-friendly work environments. Read More »

Heroin Use in the United States On the Rise

July 08, 2015|6:57 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Heroin use in the United States rose 63 percent between 2002 and 2013, and over that same time period, heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled. Read More »

New Mexico Implements Efforts to Improve Mental Illness

July 02, 2015|11:58 a.m.| Jane Esworthy

Of New Mexico’s more than 2 million residents, close to 72,000 adults live with serious mental illness and approximately 22,000 children live with serious mental health conditions. Read More »

Louisiana Continues to Grow Its Well-Ahead Program

June 24, 2015|9:10 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

The state's wellness program encourages businesses, schools, hospitals, and other organizations to create spaces that promote the health and wellness of Louisianans. Read More »

Melanoma Cancer Rates on the Rise

June 05, 2015|1:51 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Rates of new melanomas – deadly skin cancers – have doubled over the last three decades. Read More »

Emergency Rooms Crack Down on Opioid Abusers

June 03, 2015|4:17 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Emergency rooms across the country are cracking down on patients who show up several times a month requesting pain pills. Read More »

Survey Describes Public's Perception of Prescription Drug Abuse Problem

May 19, 2015|2:31 p.m.| Scott Briscoe

Nearly 40 percent of Americans report knowing someone who has abused prescription painkillers in the previous five years. Read More »

U.S. Lowers Recommended Fluoride Levels in Drinking Water

April 28, 2015|4:28 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

HHS has issued new recommendations for fluoride levels in drinking water to prevent tooth decay. Read More »

Vivek Murthy Sworn in as 19th United States Surgeon General

April 24, 2015|2:48 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

During his four-year term, Murthy aims to focus on prevention-based national public health measures that promote healthy living, raise awareness of mental illness, increase childhood vaccination rates, and prevent and reduce drug abuse. Read More »

State Health Departments Reach Out to Young and Old in Celebration of National Public Health Week

April 07, 2015|4:51 p.m.| Virgie Townsend

It’s National Public Health Week, which runs from April 6 to April 12, and state health departments are celebrating by connecting with their constituents to promote this year’s theme "Healthiest Nation 2030.". Read More »

California Department of Health Launches Campaign Against E-Cigarettes

March 24, 2015|11:34 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Using a series of television, digital, and outdoor ads, the “Wake Up” campaign is an educational effort to inform the public of the health risks and highly addictive properties of e-cigarettes. Read More »

Mortality Rate Associated with Heroin Soars

January 15, 2015|5:15 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

CDC’s 2013 drug overdose mortality data show that drug deaths related to prescription opioids have remained stable since 2012, but that the mortality rate associated with heroin has increased. Read More »

LARC Now Considered a Top Method to Prevent Unintended Pregnancy

December 19, 2014|3:30 p.m.| Kristen Lewandowski

Long-acting reversible contraception is a highly regarded birth control method due to its efficacy, low long-term cost, and potential to improve health outcomes for women and children. Read More »

More Evidence Supports Both Potential Benefits and Dangers of E-Cigarettes

December 17, 2014|1:59 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Are e-cigarettes a good way to quit smoking or are they just the latest way to get people hooked on nicotine? Two recently published research papers provide evidence that e-cigarettes may be both. Read More »

Washington State Develops Statewide Plan to Reduce HIV Diagnoses

December 03, 2014|2:30 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Washington state launched the End AIDS Washington campaign as an effort to reduce the rate of new HIV diagnoses by 50 percent by 2020. Since 1981, more than 19,000 people in Washington have been diagnosed with HIV, with approximately 518 new cases each year, and more than 6,000 have died. Read More »

FDA Announces New Menu and Vending Machines Labeling Requirements

November 25, 2014|4:48 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

The FDA announced today that they have finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments, entertainment venue chains, and vending machines. Read More »

New Hampshire Celebrates This Year’s Great American Smokeout with Higher-Education Partners

November 20, 2014|12:23 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Today is the Great American Smokeout, and health departments are encouraging smokers to quit and publicizing their cessation resources. This year, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services is celebrating the smokeout through its tobacco-prevention partnership with the state’s universities and colleges. Read More »

Tobacco Reduction: Where Do We Go From Here

November 14, 2014|12:07 p.m.| Scott Briscoe

According to an article in The Atlantic, there are three approaches to a further reduction in tobacco use in the United States: the traditional approach, the harm reduction approach, and the endgame approach. And then there's the fourth approach: the right one. Read More »

Oklahoma Health Commissioner Describes Efforts of States to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

October 27, 2014|1:34 p.m.| John Skendall

This year, under the leadership of Oklahoma Commissioner of Health Terry Cline, ASTHO challenged the health agencies of each U.S. state and territory to stem the rampant rate of abuse and deaths associated with prescription drugs. Read More »

Hawaii Wellness Standards Promote Health in Schools

October 23, 2014|11:33 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

To improve the health of young people, Hawaii has made a commitment to strongly support healthy environments in its public schools. Read More »