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.
Idaho: Using Quality Improvement Tools to Streamline Contracting Process
Through a quality improvement process, the Idaho Division of Public Health streamlined and accelerated its contracting process with local health departments.
Kansas’s Immunize and Win a Prize Project Offers Practical Prizes to Promote Child Vaccination
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Immunization Program partners with Vaccines for Children providers to promote childhood vaccination, particularly in low-income areas.
Mississippi Applies National Prevention Strategy Principles to Community-Based Multisector Programming
The Mississippi State Department of Health uses Mayors’ Health Councils to create infrastructure supporting multisector collaboration to improve health and increase health equity.
Maryland’s Safe Sleep Program Bans Crib Bumpers and Fights Health Disparities
As the first state to ban crib bumpers, Maryland fights Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and infant mortality disparities with partnerships and legislation.
Minnesota Increases Tobacco Taxes to Reduce Smoking
Minnesota Department of Health and Raise It for Health Coalition collaborate to prevent tobacco use.
South Carolina Website for Teen Health Benefits from Stakeholder Collaboration
Website provides information to teens in a cost-effective, culturally relevant manner.
Oregon Project Trains Students to Vaccinate and Provides No-cost Vaccinations to At-risk and Underserved Populations
The Free, Local, and Underserved project increases the number of trained vaccinators in the state while connecting surplus vaccine supply to at-risk and underserved populations.
Minnesota’s FluSafe Program Recognizes Healthcare Facilities’ Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Coverage
The program aims to increase vaccination rates by recognizing facilities with a white, red, or blue ribbon.
New York Develops Clinical Pathways for Hypertension Control
Through the ASTHO Million Hearts State Learning Collaborative, one local clinic is working with the New York State Department of Health and other state and local partners to develop and implement a standardized clinical pathway to identify and manage patients with uncontrolled and undiagnosed hypertension.
DC Identifies Patients with Hypertension
Through the ASTHO Million Hearts State Learning Collaborative, the District of Columbia Department of Health and healthcare partner sites across DC are establishing baseline rates of undiagnosed and uncontrolled hypertension among patients from an at-risk population to target intervention efforts.
Guam Addresses Rising E-Cigarette Use with Leadership from Health Director
Facing high levels of e-cigarette use among middle and high school students, the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services is working with partners to address the issue on the island.
Maine Uses New Return on Investment Tool to Inform Decisionmaking
Looking for ways to reduce staff travel time and expenses, Maine applied ASTHO’s new ROI tool prospectively to build a business case for the proposal.
Use of Customer Surveys in Minnesota
Through a coordinated partnership between the state and local governments, Minnesota is measuring customer satisfaction at both levels.
Connecticut: Using ROI to Improve Health Equity
Connecticut standardizes sociodemographic measures across several public health databases to more efficiently monitor health trends among target populations and improve health equity outcomes.
Colorado Committee Convenes Stakeholders to Address Prenatal Substance Exposure
The Colorado Substance Exposed Newborns Steering Committee brought together key stakeholders to improve identification and treatment of substance use during pregnancy and the postnatal period.