Infectious Disease

Infectious Disease Success Stories

ASTHO’s “Have You Shared” initiative systematically collects and disseminates stories that highlight promising and useful practices and implementation strategies developed by state and territorial health agencies. ASTHO created the Have You Shared campaign to solicit state stories and is working with our members to capture stories from across all ASTHO content areas.

If your state has a project or program that may be of interest to other states, let us know! Complete this brief web form describing the story you would like to share, and an ASTHO staff member will follow up with you for more information.

Alabama Third Time’s The Charm Campaign
Alabama Department of Public Health’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program partnered to create the CDC-funded Third Time’s the Charm campaign to educate parents, providers, and young adults about the HPV vaccine.

Alaska Targets Gonorrhea Infection Rates through EPT
Alaska implemented expedited partner therapy to reduce gonococcal infection rates.

Alaska Fights Foodborne Botulism by Educating Healthcare Providers and Supplying Antitoxin Kits
Alaska pre-positions botulinum antitoxin throughout the state to reduce morbidity and mortality from foodborne botulism, a unique example of how to plan ahead for an emergency situation at the state level.

Arizona Partners to Increase HPV Vaccination Rates
The Arizona Immunization Program collaborated with The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) and used TAPI’s Teen award as an incentive for providers to administer the HPV vaccine to teen patients.

Arkansas Promotes Hepatitis C Testing among Baby Boomers
The Arkansas Department of Health developed innovative strategies to implement CDC's recommendations to test baby boomers for hepatitis C.

Arkansas Takes Steps to Combat Tuberculosis
By changing administrative rules on mandatory TB testing and implementing TB blood testing as well as a new latent TB regimen, Arkansas is better targeting its high-risk populations.

Arkansas Works With Partners and Outreach Workers to Address Hansen’s Disease Among Its Marshallese Population
Arkansas has developed a culturally competent way of providing services and support to this unique population.

Multiple-Serotype Salmonella Outbreaks in Two Arkansas State Prisons
Arkansas Department of Health collaborated with federal health organizations to tackle the state’s largest ever multiple-serotype salmonella outbreak that affected two Arkansas state prisons. 

Colorado Shows Improvement in Its Health Facility-Acquired Infections Report
An increasing number of Colorado health facilities are meeting or exceeding HAI national standards in 2012.

Iowa Expands Services for Homeless and Veteran Communities Through Annual Collaborative Partnerships
The Iowa Department of Public Health is partnering with Linn County Public Health to support the annual “5 Seasons Stand Down” collaborative by providing vaccines and event coordination. This state and local partnership has expanded service opportunities for homeless and veteran communities.

Indiana State Department of Health Boosts Immunization Rates through Partnerships and Legislation
In the last five years, Indiana used key partnerships to pass three bills to improve immunization rates, vaccine access, and data collection.

Indiana’s State Health Department Partners with NFL Team to Raise Awareness of Seasonal Flu
The Indiana State Department of Health partnered with the Indianapolis Colts to raise seasonal flu awareness through the “Join Blue, Prevent the Flu” campaign.

First US Case of MERS CoV Identified in Indiana
Strong interdepartmental and federal partnerships and practiced emergency procedures allowed the Indiana State Department of Health to quickly identify and contain a novel case of MERS-CoV.

Kansas’s Immunize and Win a Prize Project Offers Practical Prizes to Promote Child Vaccination
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Immunization Program partners with Vaccines for Children providers to promote childhood vaccination, particularly in low-income areas.

Louisiana Expands Access to Flu Vaccines and Creates Robust Response Capability Through Emergency Preparedness and Immunization Collaboration
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is expanding access to flu and other vaccines through pharmacies, allowing for real-time information on vaccine use across communities and flexible response systems to health emergencies.

Massachusetts Health Department Collaborates with Community Organizations to Increase Influenza Vaccinations Among Minority Populations
After finding that minority populations were hit hard by 2009’s H1N1 outbreak, Massachusetts launched an initiative and collaborative to increase flu vaccination among these at-risk groups.

By Targeting Obstetrical Providers, Massachusetts Initiative Increases Influenza Vaccinations Among Pregnant Women
After observing that pregnant women had higher hospitalization rates during the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, the Massachusetts health department partnered with the Massachusetts chapter of the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists to increase influenza vaccinations among this at-risk population.

Michigan Connects Public Health and Healthcare Providers to Protect Communities from Influenza
The Michigan Department of Community Health is using a variety of tactics to protect communities from the flu by connecting public health and healthcare providers.

Michigan Creates New Ways to Promote Flu Vaccine to College Students and Young Adults
Michigan Department of Community Health is working in new and innovative ways to increase flu vaccine use by college students and young adults.

Minnesota’s FluSafe Program Recognizes Healthcare Facilities’ Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Coverage
The program aims to increase vaccination rates by recognizing facilities with a white, red, or blue ribbon.

Minnesota Reservation Works with State Health Department to Fight Hepatitis C
In response to clusters of hepatitis C virus (HCV) clusters near the White Earth Reservation, a coalition of tribal leaders, the Minnesota Department of Health, and other stakeholders was formed to increase screening rates.

New Hampshire’s Reconciliation Process for Vaccine Accountability
New Hampshire finds unique ways to meet the CDC Vaccines for Children Program’s accountability standards and maintain high vaccination rates.

North Dakota’s Oil Boom Results in Public Health Challenges Due to an Increasing Population
An increase in population leads to increases in key factors contributing to public health challenges.

Ohio Supports Local Health Departments Third Party Billing for Immunization Services
Third party billing helps sustain programs and allows for more comprehensive services.

Oregon Addresses Rising Immunization Exemptions Through Vaccine Safety Communications Campaign
To curb the trend of rising religious exemption rates, the Oregon Immunization Program developed an extensive vaccine safety social marketing campaign. 

Oregon Project Trains Students to Vaccinate and Provides No-cost Vaccinations to At-risk and Underserved Populations
The Free, Local, and Underserved project increases the number of trained vaccinators in the state while connecting surplus vaccine supply to at-risk and underserved populations.

Rhode Island Integrates Public Health and Primary Care Through Immunization Programs
Rhode Island’s multiple immunization and follow-up programs have ensured the state’s high vaccination rates for vaccine-preventable diseases and influenza.

Virginia Studies Barriers to Public Health’s Access to Electronic Medical Records
The Virginia Department of Health conducted surveys and interviews of key stakeholders to identify benefits and barriers to health department remote access to electronic medical records, and developed strategies to address these barriers.  

Virginia and Walgreens Collaborate to Provide Free HIV Testing in the Commonwealth
After establishing that they share a commitment to addressing HIV, the Virginia Department of Health and Walgreens created a program that provides free, pharmacist-led HIV testing at select Walgreens sites.

Wisconsin Promotes Hepatitis C Testing Among Baby Boomers
Wisconsin's Division of Public Health has educated stakeholders and engaged partners in implementing the baby boomer testing recommendation.