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.
Iowa Healthy People 2020 Case Study
The Iowa Department of Health used Healthy People 2020 resources and objectives to design a state health plan that facilitates engagement across organizations and agencies to address the state’s most urgent health needs.
FSM: Yap State Breaks Down Silos during Its Organization Self-Assessment
Working together to leverage existing resources, divisions within Yap State’s health agency were able to overcome communication challenges and prioritize next steps.
Palau: Creative Approach to Gathering Community Health Assessment Feedback
When Palau’s Ministry of Health (MOH) faced technology challenges to provide community access to its community health assessment (CHA) and gain feedback, it found an innovative way to engage the community.
Massachusetts Promotes Health Equity and Reduces Costs with the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund
Through policy and administrative means, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts established the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund, a significant component of a comprehensive healthcare cost containment bill. The fund supports community-based and clinical partners to address health disparities and reduce the rates of some of the most prevalent, expensive, and preventable health conditions.
Minnesota Department of Health Changes the Narrative on Health with the Healthy Minnesota Partnership
The Minnesota Department of Health worked with its Healthy Minnesota Partnership to change the narrative around health and develop a health in all policies approach for eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity.
Ohio Department of Health Collaborates with Partners to Address Health Disparities Using Meaningful Use Data
The Ohio Department of Health worked with the largest Medicaid health plan in Ohio and academic institution on a meaningful use initiative to combine datasets and expertise for the purpose of creating interventions to address the social determinants of health for high-user and high-cost communities.
Maryland Fights Health Disparities with Health Enterprise Zones Legislation
By using policy and administrative levers, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities supported the efforts of the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council’s Health Disparities Workgroup and the governor’s office to develop the innovative Health Enterprise Zone Initiative.
Utah Department of Health Promotes Healthy Eating Options at Catered Events
The Utah Department of Health incorporates HHS and USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans in its workplace through a healthy food policy for catered events.
Virginia and Walgreens Collaborate to Provide Free HIV Testing in the Commonwealth
After establishing that they share a commitment to addressing HIV, the Virginia Department of Health and Walgreens created a program that provides free, pharmacist-led HIV testing at select Walgreens sites.
Alaska Infant Safe Sleep Initiative Develops Toolkit for Birthing Hospitals
The Alaska Division of Public Health engaged providers, parents, and other key stakeholders to develop a toolkit about safe infant sleep that reaches across cultural barriers and sets a model for state standards.
Hawaii Restricts Youth E-Cigarette Sales
The Hawaii State Department of Health helps implement a new law banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.
Arkansas Implements a Healthy Employee Lifestyle Program
The Arkansas Department of Health launched a comprehensive worksite wellness program intervention supported by policy that rewards regular exercise, good nutrition, and other healthy lifestyle choices.
Hawaii Department of Health Applies the Principles of the National Prevention Strategy to Multi-Agency Worksite Wellness Programming
Hawaii develops a comprehensive worksite wellness initiative for all state agency employees.
Delaware Division of Public Health Applies the Principles of the National Prevention Strategy to Community-Based Multi-Sector Programming
Delaware builds faith-based and community relationships to increase opportunities for health promotion in public facilities.
Alaska Empowers Youth to Develop Healthy Relationships through the Fourth R Curriculum
Alaska takes a collaborative approach to address high rates of dating violence, substance abuse, and risky sexual behavior among youth.