Data Analytics and Public Health Informatics

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: Data Analytics and Public Health Informatics, Clinical to Community Connections, and Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health.

ASTHO positions state and territorial health officials as chief health strategists in their communities by enhancing state and local capacity for using health data and informatics to effectively improve health outcomes and allocate resources. The Informatics team addresses electronic health data, health data systems, surveillance systems, and the capacity of state and local information infrastructures to measure population health status and workforce capacity. The activities are also supported by the ASTHO Public Health Informatics Policy Committee and Informatics Directors Peer Network.

Electronic Case Reporting

A recent article titled, "The Promise of Electronic Case Reporting", has been published in Public Health Reports.

ASTHO is leading a community-driven initiative, funded by the CDC, to develop the Public Health Community Platform (PHCP). The goal of this Platform is to provide a public health technology platform of interoperable shared solutions to common public health informatics challenges. The PHCP will provide value to the public health enterprise by sharing these solutions that address public health priorities. 

Informatics Workforce

In order to build public health informatics capacity in state and territorial health agencies, ASTHO is engaged in various initiatives, such as: the Informatics Directors Peer Network (IDPN). Read more »


The Public Health Informatics Policy Committee leads ASTHO’s work on informatics and health IT policy issues. ASTHO provides technical assistance to state and territorial health agencies on policy questions, such as preparing for Meaningful Use, and co-chairs the Joint Public Health Informatics Taskforce (JPHIT) with NACCHO to communicate and coordinate on informatics policy issues across the governmental public health enterprise. Read more »

Standards & Interoperability

ASTHO is a member of several health IT Standards Development Organizations (SDO) and works collaboratively on the Standards & Interoperability (S&I) Framework’s Public Health Tiger Team. ASTHO is committed to increasing the perspective and needs of state public health in standards development. Read more »


In order to support CDC’s syndromic surveillance strategy, ASTHO is actively engaged in CDC’s National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) and serves as the main Data Use Agreement (DUA) holder for jurisdictions participating in BioSense. ASTHO has also been engaged in CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) project by utilizing the data and presenting it on a visual way through the Weave application created by University of Massachusetts – Lowell Institute for Visualization and Perception Research. Read more »


Mary Ann Cooney, Chief, Center for Population Health Strategies
Priyanka Surio, Director, Informatics
Beth Giambrone, Analyst, Center for Population Health Strategies