Health Equity/Health Disparities

Expanding Vaccination Site Accessibility: Insights From the Field

June 16, 2021

ASTHO placed 14 disability and preparedness specialists in health agencies to support inclusivity of people living with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. In this brief, three of these specialists share their experiences with ensuring COVID-19 vaccination sites are accessible to people living with disabilities. They share their perspectives and recommendations for expanding vaccine site accessibility.Read More »

Addressing Equity Challenges Using a Health in All Policies Approach

May 24, 2021

This brief highlights how both states are using the Health in All Policies framework to address systemic racism and social inequity between populations of different racial and ethnic groups.Read More »

Website Accessibility: Enhancing Access to COVID-19 Vaccine Registration and Beyond

May 18, 2021

For many individuals living with disabilities, inaccessible vaccination websites have been a significant barrier to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Recent studies have found that many vaccination websites do not reliably meet accessibility standards. This brief discusses how several disability rights laws apply to COVID-19 vaccine registration websites and offers considerations for state and territorial health agencies as they work to improve website accessibility for people living with disabilities.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 »

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 »

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 »

State Approaches for Promoting Family-Centered Care for Pregnant and Postpartum Women with Substance Use Disorders

October 02, 2019

The use of opioids and other substances during pregnancy has increased significantly in the past decade, and so too have complications from their use. Opioid and substance use disorders (SUD) continue to affect families beyond pregnancy; in 2017, about one in eight (8.7 million) U.S. children lived in a household where at least one parent had a SUD in the prior year. This brief discusses opportunities to engage families in SUD treatment.Read More »

From Healthy People 2020 to Healthy People 2030

April 08, 2019

This issue brief addresses key recommendations for future iterations of Healthy People and tells state and territorial health agencies what to expect during the transition from Healthy People 2020 to Healthy People 2030.Read More »

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