ASTHO Policy and Position Statements

The members of ASTHO serve as the face and voice of state and territorial public health and are frequently called on by federal and state lawmakers and national organizations to provide input on the development of public health policy. Their leadership, coordination, and position in state government enables them to effect change in public health policy both in their states and on a national level. Policy and position statements generated by ASTHO members through our policy committees appear below.

Learn more about ASTHO's multi-step policy statement development process.

Policy Statements

Access to Health Services (2019)

Achieving Optimal Health for All Guiding Principles (2020)

eHealth (2017)

Environmental Public Health (2019)

Health in All Policies (2020)

Immunization Guiding Principles (2020)

Infectious Disease Guiding Principles (2020)

Performance (2017)

Preparedness Guiding Principles (2020)

Prevention (2018)

State Home Visiting Programs (2021)

Position Statements

Accreditation (2017)

Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship (2017)

Environmental Public Health Tracking (2018)

Firearm Misuse, Injury, and Death (2018)

Healthy Aging and Public Health (2018)

Healthy Eating (2020)

Improving Birth Outcomes (2018)

Informatics Workforce (2018)

Injuries and Violence (2019)

Integrated Food Safety System (2018)

Maternal Mortality and Morbidity (2018)

Newborn Screening (2018)

Obesity Prevention and Reduction (2018)

Oral Health (2018)

Performance Management (2016)

Public Health Workforce (2016)

Reproductive Health Services (2019)

Safe and Reliable Drinking Water (2019)

State Home Visiting Programs (2018)

Tobacco Use Prevention and Control (2020)

*Year noted in parentheses indicates the policy or position statement's expiration date.