ASTHO's briefs are short 1- to 2-page reports or infographics that provide a summary of key topics, programs, policies, or research findings of importance and interest to state and territorial health officials and partners.

Interconnecting Behavioral and Public Health

October 07, 2019

Responding to behavioral health issues like suicide, adverse childhood experiences, and substance misuse requires collaboration between public health and behavioral health agencies. This brief outlines key considerations for state health departments to keep in mind as they create financing, data, and policy partnerships with behavioral health stakeholders.Read More »

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: Contaminants of Emerging Concern

October 07, 2019

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of several thousand synthetic compounds that are found in a wide range of commodities. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) are two of the most regularly investigated and discussed PFAS. This brief gives an overview of the public health significance of PFAS exposures, some challenges related to PFAS for state health agencies, and recent federal actions to protect communities from PFAS.Read More »

State Approaches for Promoting Family-Centered Care for Pregnant and Postpartum Women with Substance Use Disorders

October 02, 2019

The use of opioids and other substances during pregnancy has increased significantly in the past decade, and so too have complications from their use. Opioid and substance use disorders (SUD) continue to affect families beyond pregnancy; in 2017, about one in eight (8.7 million) U.S. children lived in a household where at least one parent had a SUD in the prior year. This brief discusses opportunities to engage families in SUD treatment.Read More »

Stigma Reinforces Barriers to Care for Pregnant and Postpartum Women with Substance Use Disorder

September 30, 2019

Substance use disorder (SUD) among pregnant and postpartum women is an increasingly pressing public health concern. Between 1999 and 2014, the number of women with opioid use disorder who gave birth increased 333 percent. This resource provides recommendations for addressing the stigma these women face.Read More »

How to Choose Telehealth Technologies

September 11, 2019

Telehealth technologies provide an opportunity for state and territorial health agencies to expand access to public health programs. When considering telehealth technologies, there are many factors for health agencies to consider. This resource provides an overview the most common types of telehealth technologies and provides examples from public health programs.Read More »

Guide for Implementing a Telehealth Program

September 11, 2019

What public health problem are you attempting to address and how can telehealth technology help you do it? This resource helps state and territorial health agencies assess, define, plan, and implement new telehealth programs.Read More »

10 Ways State and Territorial Health Department Leaders Can Support Healthcare-Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Prevention, Detection, and Response

August 20, 2019

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections that patients acquire while receiving care and treatment in healthcare facilities. Some HAIs are caused by antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) organisms such as bacteria and fungi and are difficult or impossible to treat. This infographic highlights 10 ways state and territorial health department leaders and their partners can support HAI and AMR prevention, detection, and response efforts that will help to reduce preventable infections, lower healthcare costs, and improve public health.Read More »

Partnership: What Goes Into Building a 6|18 Initiative Team

August 14, 2019

This infographic is designed for state and territorial health department staff considering or newly participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 6|18 Initiative. It complements the Getting Started: CDC's 6|18 Initiative Guide and resources offered by other organizations engaged in the 6|18 Initiative, like the Center for Health Care Strategies. It describes 6|18 Initiative leadership and team membership, strategies for an effective team, and examples of complementary public health and Medicaid roles and expertise.Read More »

JUULs in Schools: Colorado and Minnesota Public Health Efforts

August 07, 2019

In an attempt to reduce the use of e-cigarettes, particularly JUUL, in youth and young adults, increased efforts have been implemented to focus on schools. This brief highlights efforts in Colorado and Minnesota.Read More »

Breastfeeding for Healthy Early Brain Development

June 28, 2019

This brief explores the linkages between breastfeeding and early brain development. It discusses how home visiting programs provide breastfeeding support, foster healthy early brain development, and improve overall child health and well-being. Finally, the brief explores why state and territorial health agencies should invest in home visiting programs and the positive impact that this investment will have.Read More »

Systems Change Approaches for Engaging Families in Hypertension Control

May 22, 2019

This brief explores how state and territorial health agencies can engage people who provide social support for individuals and families with hypertension. Strategies discussed include holding regular stakeholder meetings across public health and clinical teams, establishing communication channels between stakeholders, and utilizing data sharing for referrals from clinical to community services.Read More »

Top 10 Promising Approaches to Improving Population Health

May 20, 2019

Public health officials are key in crafting policies and strategies that address the social determinants of health to advance health equity and improve population health. This infographic highlights 10 approaches that state and territorial health officials can explore with partners in the community, healthcare sector, and other governmental agencies to achieve optimal health for all.Read More »

Public Health Leaders Are Key in Combating STDs

April 23, 2019

This infographic outlines the rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), the importance of investing in health department STD programs, and how public health is our best line of defense in combating STDs.Read More »

From Healthy People 2020 to Healthy People 2030

April 08, 2019

This issue brief addresses key recommendations for future iterations of Healthy People and tells state and territorial health agencies what to expect during the transition from Healthy People 2020 to Healthy People 2030.Read More »

Forensic Pathologist Shortages: Context and Considerations for State Public Health Agencies

March 27, 2019

The opioid epidemic has exacerbated the shortage of board-certified forensic pathologists, presenting a major workforce challenge for public health systems. This brief examines the forensic pathology shortage and outlines considerations for federal and state partners looking to address this issue.Read More »

Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain Materials

March 19, 2019

These Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain materials (flyer and posters) are intended for American Indian and Alaska Native nations, as well as tribal-serving organizations. They can be disseminated by senior centers and inter-tribal organizations. S/THAs are encouraged to work with tribal partners to distribute materials within healthcare offices, senior centers, and through events such as health fairs, festivals, and other relevant gatherings.Read More »

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Primary Prevention

February 25, 2019

This brief highlights examples of primary prevention strategies, including building skills and promoting social norms for positive parenting, strengthening economic supports for families, and providing quality education and enrichment early in life.Read More »

Tobacco 21 Laws Benefit Public Health and Save Lives

February 13, 2019

This infographic illustrates various aspects of Tobacco 21 laws in several jurisdictions, outlining differences in penalties, enforcement provisions, and age-related exemptions.Read More »

Increasing Access to Contraception: Infographic Series

February 08, 2019

This four-part infographic series illustrates key strategies for addressing common challenges and barriers related to increasing access to contraception. Featured topics include: expanding preventative contraceptive care in rural areas, engaging stakeholders, reimbursement for immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception, and integrating reproductive healthcare services in correctional and substance use disorder treatment settings.Read More »

Investing in STD Prevention: Making the Case for Your Jurisdiction

November 11, 2018

ASTHO and NCSD jointly released a customizable factsheet that can be used to present outputs from CDC’s STD Prevention Allocation Consequences Estimator in a format that is accessible to decisionmakers, the media, and local audiences. Update this customizable factsheet with your organization’s logo and local data to describe the health impacts of STD program budget changes in your jurisdiction.Read More »

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