Access to Care/Clinical Services

Breastfeeding Promotes Early Brain Development

June 22, 2020

Breastfeeding and early child nutrition are crucial for promoting healthy early brain development. This infographic details how skin-to-skin breastfeeding and breastmilk promote infant brain development, higher educational performance, and cognitive and socio-emotional health. Also included are examples of equity-focused state and national initiatives to promote breastfeeding and early brain development.Read More »

Breastfeeding Support Through Perinatal Quality Collaboratives

June 16, 2020

Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (PQCs) are state or multi-state networks of teams that work to improve clinical care for mothers and infants, primarily by identifying healthcare processes that need improvement and rapidly aligning to enact change. This infographic outlines recommendations for how PQCs can promote breastfeeding through quality improvement strategies, and includes examples of three state PQCs that have improved policies, procedures, and practices to better support breastfeeding in hospitals.Read More »

Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Initiatives in Three USAPI Jurisdictions

June 01, 2020

Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in Guam, Palau, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. These jurisdictions are taking innovative steps to reduce hypertension among their populations, though, with strategies focused on holistic, affordable, community-centered programs. This brief outlines these approaches and includes recommendations for other jurisdictions facing similar difficulties and limitations.Read More »

Medication-Assisted Treatment in Pregnancy

April 30, 2020

Pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorder continue to struggle with accessing services that would make recovery possible, including medication-assisted treatment, housing assistance, childcare, and more. To address this vulnerable population’s needs, states have explored a variety of policy approaches to improve access to care. This brief outlines some of the barriers that pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorder face, as well as examples of state legislation passed to address recovery program implementation, treatment funding and insurance coverage, and provider education.Read More »

Preventing Fatal Overdoses in Postpartum Populations

May 13, 2020

This brief outlines key considerations for state health departments to address the increase in overdose-related deaths during the postpartum period. A common tool emerging around the country is extending Medicaid coverage to women beyond 60 days postpartum—we analyze approaches being implemented by Missouri, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and other jurisdiction.Read More »

How to Choose Telehealth Technologies

September 11, 2019

Telehealth technologies provide an opportunity for state and territorial health agencies to expand access to public health programs. When considering telehealth technologies, there are many factors for health agencies to consider. This resource provides an overview the most common types of telehealth technologies and provides examples from public health programs.Read More »

Guide for Implementing a Telehealth Program

September 11, 2019

What public health problem are you attempting to address and how can telehealth technology help you do it? This resource helps state and territorial health agencies assess, define, plan, and implement new telehealth programs.Read More »

Partnership: What Goes Into Building a 6|18 Initiative Team

August 14, 2019

This infographic is designed for state and territorial health department staff considering or newly participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 6|18 Initiative. It complements the Getting Started: CDC's 6|18 Initiative Guide and resources offered by other organizations engaged in the 6|18 Initiative, like the Center for Health Care Strategies. It describes 6|18 Initiative leadership and team membership, strategies for an effective team, and examples of complementary public health and Medicaid roles and expertise.Read More »

Systems Change Approaches for Engaging Families in Hypertension Control

May 22, 2019

This brief explores how state and territorial health agencies can engage people who provide social support for individuals and families with hypertension. Strategies discussed include holding regular stakeholder meetings across public health and clinical teams, establishing communication channels between stakeholders, and utilizing data sharing for referrals from clinical to community services.Read More »

Top 10 Promising Approaches to Improving Population Health

May 20, 2019

Public health officials are key in crafting policies and strategies that address the social determinants of health to advance health equity and improve population health. This infographic highlights 10 approaches that state and territorial health officials can explore with partners in the community, healthcare sector, and other governmental agencies to achieve optimal health for all.Read More »

Increasing Access to Contraception: Infographic Series

February 08, 2019

This four-part infographic series illustrates key strategies for addressing common challenges and barriers related to increasing access to contraception. Featured topics include: expanding preventative contraceptive care in rural areas, engaging stakeholders, reimbursement for immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception, and integrating reproductive healthcare services in correctional and substance use disorder treatment settings.Read More »

Investing in STD Prevention: Making the Case for Your Jurisdiction

November 11, 2018

ASTHO and NCSD jointly released a customizable factsheet that can be used to present outputs from CDC’s STD Prevention Allocation Consequences Estimator in a format that is accessible to decisionmakers, the media, and local audiences. Update this customizable factsheet with your organization’s logo and local data to describe the health impacts of STD program budget changes in your jurisdiction.Read More »

Improving Access to Nonopioid Pain Management

September 25, 2018

This brief highlights evidence supporting the use of nonopioid medications and nonpharmacological interventions for pain management and outlines considerations for states looking to expand the use of these nonopioid alternatives.Read More »

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