What's New
  • ASTHO's 2018 Annual Meeting

    Registration is now open for ASTHO's 2018 Annual Meeting. This premier public health event is the largest gathering of state and territorial health officials, federal public health officials, academic leaders, private sector health industry executives and leading public health nonprofit agencies.

  • Introducing the Center for Population Health Strategies

    ASTHO’s newly launched Center for Population Health Strategies shares proven and cost-effective population health improvement approaches with state and territorial health officials and their leadership teams.

  • Public Health is All Around You Infographic

    The work of public health is often invisible, but it saves lives every day. Whether you see them or not, state and territorial public health professionals work 24/7 to protect us from health threats, promote our health, and prevent us from experiencing diseases. This infographic shows how public health keeps you and your community healthy.

  • Building a Healthier Nation: The State of State and Territorial Public Health

    ASTHO’s new report highlights the five biggest public health issues facing state and territorial health agencies in 2018. The nation’s opioid crisis remains a high priority, while infectious diseases and other threats strain the capacity of our public health system. The report calls for sustained investments to promote health, prevent disease, and protect America’s health security.

  • ASTHO Profile of State and Territorial Public Health

    The ASTHO Profile presents longitudinal data on public health agency activities, structure, and resources, as well as individual agency profiles for all those who participated in the 2016 survey. In addition to the full report, ASTHO developed three infographics, a top findings report, and an animated video.

  • Summary: The Administration's FY 2018 Budget

    This resource summarizes the Administration's FY 2018 Budget Blueprint.

Recent Publications
  • ASTHO’s Guide on Getting Started with the CDC’s 6|18 Initiative

    ASTHO developed a tool for use by state Medicaid and public health agency staff to help them determine whether their agencies want to form a team to implement evidence-based interventions identified in the CDC’s 6|18 Initiative: Accelerating Evidence into Action. State teams can use this tool to collect information on current programs, consider 6|18’s alignment with current health priorities, and identify important stakeholders to engage.

  • Vermont Falls Prevention Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative Issue Brief

    This issue brief provides an overview of the Vermont Falls Prevention Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative, developed by ASTHO in partnership with CDC and the Vermont Department of Health (VDH). Four counties and affiliated hospitals participated in the learning collaborative, including Bennington (Southwestern Vermont Medical Center), Newport (North Country Hospital), Burlington (University of Vermont Medical Center), and Lebanon (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire). This brief also describes the counties’ progress following the project’s implementation, and provides strategies and lessons learned that other states and territories can use to promote and implement interventions to reduce older adult falls.

  • Improving Drug Specificity and Completeness on Death Certificates for Overdose Deaths Meeting Report

    This meeting report highlights contributions from several key experts on barriers and opportunities related to improving the entirety and specificity of drug information on death certificates for overdose deaths. The report includes information on the death investigation and death certificate completion processes, key priorities for improving drug specificity on death certificates, and short and long-term strategies to addressing this issue.

  • Social Determinants of Health: A Quick Reference Guide for State Offices of Rural Health and State and Territorial Health Officials

    This quick reference guide, written in collaboration with the National Organizations of State Offices of Rural Health, outlines some of the major social determinants of health, which research shows has a large impact on health status. The document is aimed at familiarizing state offices of rural health and state and territorial health officials with the impacts of social determinants of health on rural populations. The guide outlines key interplays between health status and the social issues of housing, transportation, education, and food insecurity, and provides targeted resources and state examples to help public health officials learn more and take action on these significant drivers of health status, outcomes, and costs.

  • Territorial Public Health Performance and Accreditation 101

    ASTHO has developed “Territorial Public Health Performance and Accreditation 101: A Resource and Guide for Territorial Health Agencies. This guide is designed to provide THAs with a simple framework for improving their territorial public health systems’ overall performance, as well as the health of the communities they serve.

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  • Leadership Defines A Legacy: State Approaches to Health Equity

    On Aug. 6, the world mourned the death of Margaret Heckler, the former HHS secretary under President Ronald Reagan who worked to prioritize health disparities and social determinants of health. In 1985, Heckler commissioned the landmark Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health. Now commonly known as the Heckler report, this assessment highlighted the disproportionate burden of death and illness impacting racial and ethnic minorities and initiated a taskforce to improve the health of minorities and eliminate health disparities, the first of its kind by the federal government.

  • State Policy Approaches to Incorporating Doula Services into Maternal Care

    Maternal mortality rates in the United States continue to rise, with ethnic and racial minority populations facing even starker statistics. Policymakers are pursuing a variety of approaches to improve perinatal and postnatal care to support healthy and safe pregnancies, including expanding access to doula services. A doula is a trained professional that provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support during and shortly after childbirth. Through this continuous support system, doulas positively impact both mothers and babies, as well as help families achieve a healthy and positive birthing experience. For women at-risk for adverse birth outcomes because of racial disparities, doula care can provide positive benefits and improve factors that mediate mortality, including decreasing cesarean births, operative vaginal births, use of analgesics, and duration of labor.

  • Affordable Care Act Update

    While state public health agencies recognize that much of what contributes to health lies outside the doctor’s office, there is evidence demonstrating that stable and ongoing insurance coverage enables consumers to utilize preventive and primary care services that improve outcomes and downstream healthcare spending. Changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that have occurred over the past several years are likely to impact market stability and insurance coverage, as well as actions states are pursuing, given uncertainty around the future of ACA.