Public Health Infrastructure

Prevention for the Next Generation: Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences, Suicide, and Overdose

August 11, 2021

With the pandemic upending social interaction, youth mental health is an increasingly important issue. This episode explores why understanding the intersection of suicide, overdose, and ACEs is critical to helping individuals live happy and healthy lives. It also focuses on the importance of connecting community needs, implementing awareness campaigns, and addressing stigma to reduce health disparities.Read More »

BONUS: Fighting the Next COVID-19 Wave

July 30, 2021

This bonus episode is taken from a virtual news conference on Thursday, July 29, 2021. In it, Dr. Nirav Shah (Maine), Dr. Karyl Rattay (Delaware), and Dr. Joseph Kanter (Louisiana), discuss the latest issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic—mask guidance, back to school issues, and the surging Delta variant.Read More »

Avoiding the Cliff: Financing Medicaid in the Territories

July 29, 2021

Medicaid plays a critical role in providing access to health services for low-income U.S. citizens in the five U.S. territories. However, Medicaid financing in the territories has been underfunded compared to states. In this episode, guests discuss the urgent need for a permanent Medicaid solution, drawing attention to the need for equitable health financing for the U.S territories. This funding is necessary to support comprehensive public health and healthcare within these jurisdictions that include expanded prevention, testing, and treatment programs and capabilities.Read More »

Restoring Trust and Confidence in Public Health

February 18, 2021

As COVID-19 spread across the country, misinformation and conspiracy theories led to beliefs that the virus was a hoax and prevention measures were unnecessary. Efforts to limit public health authority resulted in reduced confidence from the public and an inability for public health officials to lead. Our experts on this podcast episode explore what public health officials can do to build back public confidence in our public health infrastructure, and offer lessons that work. Our experts will discuss how and why this has happened, and how we can remedy this as we enter into COVID-19 recovery and the largest vaccination campaign in decades.Read More »

Healthy People 2030: A National Blueprint for Health Improvement

August 24, 2020

Healthy People 2030 charts the course for public health over the next decade. In this episode, public health leaders share their perspectives about where state and territorial health agencies intersect with Healthy People 2030 and why it should be treated as a "North Star" in public health.Read More »

COVID-19 Highlights Urgent Need for Increased Public Health Funding

February 25, 2020

Every year, state and territorial health officials descend on the Nation’s capital to educate lawmakers on the importance of increased funding for public health. This year is no different, though there is a shadow hanging over the year’s events: COVID-19, an infectious disease that’s been spreading across the globe. On the first day of ASTHO’s ‘Washington Week,’ the organization formally requested emergency supplemental money with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), and Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) in order to adequately respond to COVID-19.Read More »

Public Health Funding and the Role of Congress

March 28, 2019

Advocating on Capitol Hill for strong public health systems is critical to advancing the work of state and territorial health agencies. Earlier this month, the nation’s top health officials came to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress and raise awareness around key issues, including raising the caps on non-defense discretionary spending, supporting the 22x22 campaign to increase the CDC’s budget 22% by FY22, and prioritizing funding for public health programs. “Washington Week” came and went, but the work is far from over, according to ASTHO CEO Michael Fraser and Carolyn Mullen, ASTHO’s chief of government affairs and public relations. Tune in as they recap the week’s events and share their outlook on the wins and challenges that lie ahead for public health funding.Read More »

Preventing Childhood Obesity Through Healthy Communities

October 18, 2018

This episode highlights the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic and discusses ways to reduce climbing obesity rates by increasing access to healthy foods and promoting physical activity through community planning and changes to the built environment. Tennessee shares how policies and programs at the local level are working to combat obesity, and CDC examines the landscape of childhood obesity research in America and describes the Active People, Healthy Nation initiative designed to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027.Read More »

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