Clinical to Community Connections

Clinical to Community Connections

ASTHO’s Center for Population Health Strategies supports state/territorial health officials (S/THOs) in advancing population health improvement as a core function of public health agencies. ASTHO’s framework for addressing population health encompasses three pillars: Clinical to Community Connections, Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health, and Data Analytics and Public Health Informatics.

ASTHO’s efforts related to building clinical to community connections focus on strengthening collaboration and integration between payers, providers, and public health agencies. The Clinical to Community Connections team collaborates with public health and healthcare stakeholders to develop tools and provide technical assistance that allow public health agencies to maximize resources through cross-agency and cross-sector collaboration. ASTHO’s Access Policy Committee provides thought leadership and policy development on issues related to access to public health and other health services, particularly for vulnerable and at-risk populations, to achieve optimal health for all.

Community Health Workers

This webpage contains resources for state health agencies on the use of non-licensed providers such as community health workers (CHWs), including resources related to financing, certification and licensure, and examples of work in states to support CHWs. Read more »

Cross-Sector Partnerships to Address Social Determinants of Health

ASTHO is working to help states, with the leadership of their state health agencies, to address the social determinants that affect our health status on a population level as part of our daily lives. ASTHO’s resources on partnerships to address these factors include issue briefs, policy guides, and resource libraries. Read more >>

Medicaid and Public Health Partnerships

ASTHO supports state health agencies by providing information and technical assistance to facilitate partnerships with Medicaid. These activities encompass a range of payment and delivery reform initiatives such as the State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative and promoting collaborative opportunities between Medicaid and public health that will achieve the Triple Aim of better care, reducing costs, and improving population health outcomes. Read more »

Primary Care and Public Health

ASTHO's Primary Care project examines key areas of intersection between public health and primary care, and supports the 2013 President's Challenge of the reintegration of public health and healthcare. ASTHO also addresses training and technical assistance for state primary care offices, and provides information to state health officials on larger access to care and primary care issues. Read more »


ASTHO is providing technical assistance and developing resources for states who are interested in using telehealth to increase access to preventive and specialty care, address health disparities affecting vulnerable populations, and save costs. Read more »

ASTHO Clinical to Community Connections Webinars

To view recordings, slides, and supporting resources from past ASTHO webinars, visit the clinical to community connections webinars page.

Payment and Delivery Reform TA Call Series

This technical assistance call series is designed to support state health agencies' work in payment and delivery reform and focuses on key areas that states have identified as needing additional training and technical assistance. Read more »


Mary Ann Cooney, Chief, Center for Population Health Strategies
Deb Fournier, Senior Director, Clinical to Community Connections
Emily Moore, Director, Clinical to Community Connections
Anna Bartels, Senior Analyst, Clinical to Community Connections
Katrin Patterson, Analyst, Clinical to Community Connections