Public Health Infrastructure

Fighting Compassion Fatigue During Public Health Epidemics

August 13, 2020

This brief discusses the difficulty of maintaining compassion and empathy during public health crises such, which ultimately leads to a phenomenon called compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue can test resiliency in responders and contribute to negative outcomes for those they serve. Through promoting self-care and compassion in health agencies, responders can increase resiliency and combat the negative effects of compassion fatigue, particularly during extended responses to public health crises.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 »

The Rise of Primary Care Transformation: State and Territorial Primary Care Offices Play A Key Role

July 30, 2020

This brief discusses the roles state primary care offices (PCOs) have in addressing primary care transformation. PCOs uncover critical primary and preventive needs affecting their states/territories and recognize key target populations at risk for limited healthcare access. Through transformational practices like primary care integration, workforce development, and partnership opportunities, PCOs can increase access to care and improve health outcomes for states. We describe key findings from the ASTHO primary care intensive learning community, highlighting PCO examples from North Dakota, Maryland, and Florida.Read More »

Georgia and Ohio’s Modernized Opioid Surveillance Strategies

July 24, 2020

This brief highlights how the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Ohio Department of Health developed robust opioid overdose surveillance systems. Collecting and disseminating comprehensive data informs prevention activities and drives a targeted response to the opioid epidemic. Georgia and Ohio enhanced their opioid overdose surveillance systems by building partnerships, linking data, and improving data collection methods.Read More »

Performance Management Essentials

July 24, 2020

Sustaining a performance management system is key to its success. A strong performance management system can help transform an agency’s practice so it is aligned, data driven, and focused on achieving improved outcomes for the population. This brief highlights four top takeaways from the experience of six public health agencies working to establish and strengthen their own performance management systems.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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

PHAB Accreditation Impact Infographic Series

August 16, 2018

This four-part infographic series, developed by ASTHO with support from CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS), illustrates successes from six state health departments to show how Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) accreditation positively influenced agency processes, programs, and infrastructure.Read More »

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