Natural Environment

Natural Environment

ASTHO is committed to supporting strong and sustainable activities to deal with serious public health threats in the natural environment that include vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, asthma, as well as environmental health threats induced from natural disasters and emergencies.


Asthma and Health
Comprehensive list of national sources to learn promising practices and success stories in dealing with childhood and adult asthma prevention and management.

Climate Change
ASTHO is helping states prepare for the possibility of health effects related to climate change in the same way they prepare for the possibilities of bioterrorism and natural disasters Recent programs have looked at possible health risks from increased heat, changes in vector-borne disease patterns, and transmission of waterborne diseases.

Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
The most recent scalable and adaptable vector control programs at state and territorial health agencies.

Recent Publications

Technologies for Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance
This guidance document is designed for state and territorial health agencies that are interested in surveillance tools to build or expand their vector-borne disease surveillance activities.

Before the Swarm: Guidelines for the Emergency Management of Vector-Borne Disease Outbreaks
This document offers practical recommendations for integrating vector control activities into overall preparedness and emergency management efforts.

Climate Change: A Serious Threat to Public Health
ASTHO surveyed state and territorial health agencies regarding current activities and programs designed to address the public health consequences of climate change.