Federal Government Relations


Federal Government Relations

ASTHO’s Federal Government Relations team advocates on behalf of state public health before the U.S. Congress and the administration to inform federal policy to achieve better health outcomes. We provide congressional leaders with key information regarding public health activities in their state/district, support members’ advocacy efforts, federal testimony and participation in congressional briefings, and educate members and state health agency staff on key budget and public health policy.

What's New

Meeting with Your Congressional Delegation at Home: 2018 Toolkit [PDF]

July 2018
This toolkit provides ASTHO’s members, alumni, and affiliates with information to educate and engage with congressional officials in their states during the upcoming August recess. ASTHO urges health officials to take advantage of this time to meet with their congressional delegations and discuss what public health means for their constituents.

ASTHO and NACCHO PHEP/HPP Government Affairs Training [video]

August 2017
The ASTHO and NACCHO Government Affairs teams hosted a special webinar to discuss how to engage and educate Members of Congress about the importance of Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) and Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) funding. During this call ASTHO and NACCHO provided tools and information on how to set up a district office meeting, meetings in Washington D.C. and other information about how the ASTHO and NACCHO government affairs staff is here to help.

Support the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant: States Need Flexibility Responding to Public Health Priorities [one-pager]

March 2017
For more than 30 years, the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (the Prevent Block Grant) has served as an essential source of federal funding for state and territorial health agencies. The Prevent Block Grant allows each state to respond to its own distinct health priorities and needs—a must for keeping states and communities healthy and safe. Unfortunately, funding for the Prevent Block Grant is currently in jeopardy. Annual appropriations for the Prevent Block Grant come from the Prevention and Public Health Fund, a program in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Strengthening the Public Health System: ASTHO’s Priorities to Advance State and Territorial Public Health in the 115th United States Congress [handout]

March 2017
ASTHO, the national non-profit organization representing the state and territorial public health agencies, urges Congress and the new Administration to continue supporting public health programs that allow states and territories to respond to emerging public health threats and promote optimal health for all. ASTHO is seeking support from Congress and the new Administration on the following priorities for state and territorial public health officials.

ASTHO Op-Ed in The Hill Congressional Newspaper: "Repeal and replace vs. the public’s health" from Executive Director Michael Fraser

January 2017
"As efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begin, the debate continues on what will happen to the millions of Americans who are currently receiving coverage and what it will mean for their health. But that’s only half the debate. Few are talking about another extremely important part of the ACA, the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which provides major investments in prevention and public health programs that significantly contribute to better health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs."

ASTHO Sends Letter to Congress on Protecting Public Health

January 2017
ASTHO urges continued support for public health programs currently funded through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Prevention and Public Health Fund.

ASTHO Has Developed State Public Health Briefing Papers for the Transition to a New Presidential Administration

Fall 2016
With guidance from the ASTHO Government Relations and Executive Committees, ASTHO compiled five briefing papers that aim to educate the presidential candidates' teams on the importance of state governmental public health, as well as provide direction for the next administration. The documents also provide guidance on essential public health programs and new initiatives.

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Carolyn Mullen, Chief, Government Affairs
Carolyn McCoy, Senior Director, Government Affairs
Jane Esworthy, Senior Director, Public Relations