Stories in Public Health
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.
Stories collected by the Have You Shared initiative are archived below, but are also shared through other parts of the ASTHO website as well as through the State Public Health Weekly, other ASTHO newsletters, communications with affiliate organizations and partners, and ASTHO meetings.
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.
Use our map to view stories from a state or territory of your choosing.
Or, see the complete list of stories below.
North Carolina 17P Project
The North Carolina 17P Project aims to reduce the risk of recurring preterm birth in the state by ensuring that all women who meet the clinical criteria for 17P have the ability to access the intervention.
Challenges Reaching the Marshallese in Arkansas
Arkansas works with partners and outreach workers to address Hansen's disease among its Marshallese population.
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.
Oregon’s 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.
Minnesota’s White Earth Tribal Hepatitis C Intervention
In response to clusters of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection near the White Earth Reservation, a coalition of tribal leaders, the Minnesota Department of Health, and other stakeholders was formed to increase screening rates.
Foodborne Botulism in Alaska
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.
Colorado Shows Improvement in HAI Report
An increasing number of Colorado health facilities are meeting or exceeding HAI national standards in 2012.
Alaska Targets Gonorrhea Infection Rates through EPT
Alaska implemented expedited partner therapy to reduce gonococcal infection rates.
Oklahoma Every Week Counts Collaborative
Since the Oklahoma Every Week Counts Collaborative initiated their voluntary “hard stop” effort, the state has seen a 77 percent reduction in the rate of non-medically indicated inductions and scheduled cesareans prior to 39 weeks.
The Perfect Storm
Accreditation provides an impetus for Kansas Department of Health and Environment to complete the National Public Health Performance Standards.
Having babies in the workplace is a low-cost and highly effective way to create a more positive and productive atmosphere, improve morale among employees, and lower employer healthcare costs.
West Virginia Perinatal Partnership
The West Virginia Perinatal Partnership is a model project that works to improve the statewide perinatal system by identifying problems associated with poor birth outcomes.
West Virginia Universal Maternal Risk Screening
By implementing a universal maternal risk screening, West Virginia is able to identify the most common infant mortality risk factors and address these issues through public policy and practice changes.