The Public Health Review
Podcast Series

ASTHO’s new podcast series, Public Health Review, features health officials and public health leaders who are on the front lines of state and territorial public health. The series capitalizes on current public health issues and delivers timely, thoughtful perspectives on the value of public health through the lens of state and territorial health officials and other subject matter experts.


The Epidemic of Epidemics: Opioids, Part II

Date: March 22, 2018

Overview: The opioid epidemic has been called the worst public health crisis in America, affecting people from all walks of life, even our youngest. The second half of our story on the opioid epidemic explores how coalitions in Kentucky are driving prevention efforts, what public health practitioners in West Virginia are doing to identify and care for newborns who have been exposed prenatally to addictive drugs, and how one federal agency is working to ensure that rural communities get access substance abuse and mental health services.


  • Greg Corby-Lee, HIV/AIDS continuing education director, Kentucky Department for Public Health
  • Aaron Lopata, chief medical officer, HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau
  • Joe Markiewicz, program coordinator for the statewide prescription drug overdose reduction initiative, Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center
  • Christina Mullins, director of the office of maternal, child and family health, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources


The Epidemic of Epidemics: Opioids, Part I

Date: Feb. 28, 2018

Overview: As the opioid epidemic continues to plague communities across the nation, health officials face growing concern over a number of related threats to our health, such as increasing rates of HIV, hepatitis C, and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). In this episode, public health leaders from Alaska, Kentucky, and West Virginia discuss the evolution of the opioid epidemic and explain why health departments are so integral to the response.