Public Policy

Beyond Quitting: The Great American Smokeout Amplifies Successes in Public Health Tobacco Control

November 15, 2018|1:06 p.m.| Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH | ASTHO Chief Medical Officer

Today is the Great American Smokeout, an event that the American Cancer Society has hosted for over 40 years every third Thursday of November. It began in the 1970s when smoking and secondhand smoke were more common and has since helped dramatically change Americans’ attitudes about tobacco. In the wake of new data that shows cigarette smoking among adults is at an all-time low, this year’s observance is an opportunity to both reflect on a major public health success story and look ahead at new policy and systems change strategies to reduce the harmful health effects of all tobacco products on the market. E-cigarettes, for example, continue to pose a significant threat: e-cigarette use among U.S. high school students increased by 78 percent between 2017 and 2018. Read More »

2018 Midterm Election: Impacts on Public Health Priorities

November 08, 2018|1:30 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

With the Democrats in the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Republicans maintaining control of the U.S. Senate for the next two years, ASTHO anticipates these changes will have an impact on public health, including the federal budget, oversight, ACA, and the potential for gridlock in Washington, D.C. Read More »

Public Health Issues to Watch in 2017

January 12, 2017|3:35 p.m.| KT Kramer

As the 2017 state legislative sessions get under way, trends in proposed legislation are emerging. Responding to the opioid epidemic remains a major priority for lawmakers. Read More »

Leading State Health: David Sundwall on Public Health and the Presidential Election

November 10, 2016|4:33 p.m.| David Sundwall

With the transition to a new presidential administration, ASTHO continues to advance its nonpartisan agenda to transform state and territorial public health. 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 »

As 2016 State Legislative Sessions Start, A Look Back at Notable Laws Passed in 2015

February 23, 2016|2:50 p.m.| KT Kramer

In 2015, we saw innovative efforts around tobacco control, data sharing, medical licensure, and antibiotic stewardship that can change the conversation around community wellbeing and lead the way for sustained improvements to public health. Read More »

How Public Health Fared in the 2016 Federal Budget

December 18, 2015|3:25 p.m.| Chris Gould

On Dec. 16, the text of the FY16 omnibus appropriations package was released. In the bill the CDC sees an increase of $300 million above the FY15 program level and $892.3 million was allocated for the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Read More »

Creating Conditions for Change in States

September 30, 2015|2:55 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

In his presentation at ASTHO’s 2015 Annual Meeting, Former Utah Gov. and Former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt shared insights on how his experiences transforming Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympics can translate as a way to help create the conditions for changing the culture of public health. Read More »

Supreme Court Upholds the Affordable Care Act’s Tax Subsidies

June 25, 2015|1:24 p.m.| Virgie Townsend

On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled to maintain the nationwide tax subsidies established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read More »