Behavioral Health

Adverse Childhood Experiences in States and Territories Infographic Three: A Look at ACEs Prevention Strengths—Partnerships

January 21, 2021

Cross-sector collaboration is critical to successfully preventing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Because the impact of ACEs have societal implications and can potentially affect chronic/behavioral illnesses, everyone has a role in preventing ACEs. This infographic details how state and territorial health agencies utilize partnerships to increase ACEs prevention capacity. Health agencies should review internal and external partnerships and strategic plans to understand roles and responsibilities and reveal opportunities to strengthen collaborative efforts.Read More »

Adverse Childhood Experiences in States and Territories Infographic Two: A Look at Areas of Improvement for ACEs Prevention—Health Equity and ACEs Disparities Data

January 21, 2021

State and territorial health agencies report varying levels of capacity to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) across populations. Unfortunately, a higher ACE burden is experienced by foster care children, justice-involved communities, and communities experiencing poverty and concentrated violence. This infographic details how state and territorial health agencies have opportunities to improve selected partnerships to impact health equity. By strengthening collaboration with justice systems through transformational approaches grounded in reciprocity, S/THAs can improve health equity and reduce ACEs disparities.Read More »

Adverse Childhood Experiences in States and Territories Infographic One: A Look at Primary Prevention Priorities

January 21, 2021

State and territorial health agencies can prevent many chronic illnesses and behavioral health issues by preventing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). This infographic details how agencies prioritize primary prevention strategies that stop ACEs from occurring in the first place. By promoting programs with larger societal impact, such as policies that strengthen family economic supports, agencies can have a more considerable influence in preventing ACEs.Read More »

The Role of Peer Support in Federally Qualified Health Centers

August 13, 2020

Peer support is increasingly recognized as a critical component of successful recovery from substance use disorder. This brief discusses what peer support is, how it is financed, and how incorporating peer support services into federally qualified health centers can be an especially successful strategy for delivering care to safety-net populations. Examples from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan, and Massachusetts are highlighted.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 »

Interconnecting Behavioral and Public Health

October 07, 2019

Responding to behavioral health issues like suicide, adverse childhood experiences, and substance misuse requires collaboration between public health and behavioral health agencies. This brief outlines key considerations for state health departments to keep in mind as they create financing, data, and policy partnerships with behavioral health stakeholders.Read More »

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Primary Prevention

February 25, 2019

This brief highlights examples of primary prevention strategies, including building skills and promoting social norms for positive parenting, strengthening economic supports for families, and providing quality education and enrichment early in life.Read More »

Tobacco 21 Laws Benefit Public Health and Save Lives

February 13, 2019

This infographic illustrates various aspects of Tobacco 21 laws in several jurisdictions, outlining differences in penalties, enforcement provisions, and age-related exemptions.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 »

States Work Across Agencies to Inform Opioid Prescribing Practices

November 02, 2018

This brief describes how Pennsylvania and Virginia advanced regulatory measures to address substance use disorder prevention and treatment with a focus on opioid prescribing practices and provider education.Read More »

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