ASTHO’s podcast series, Public Health Review, features health officials and public health leaders who are on the front lines of state and territorial public health. The series capitalizes on current public health issues and delivers timely, thoughtful perspectives on the value of public health through the lens of state and territorial health officials and other subject matter experts. Listen to us on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

Resilient, Accessible, and Affordable Healthcare: Bouncing Forward from COVID-19

May 04, 2021

COVID-19 has stressed the U.S. healthcare and public health systems and highlighted racial and ethnic disparities in pre-existing conditions and health outcomes. In this episode, our guests discuss how health officials can serve as chief health strategists to work across sectors and ensure that all people have access to the services and resources that allow them to be well. This episode also details how states and territories can transform service delivery, ensure equitable access to prevention and healthcare services, and ultimately build stronger, more resilient communities.Read More »

The Health Equity Divide: Chronic Disease and COVID-19

April 20, 2021

People with chronic diseases have suffered the most during the pandemic both in rates of COVID-19 mortality and morbidity, and the health disparities that exist in those with chronic disease and poor social determinants of health are stark. On today’s episode, we speak to chronic disease and health equity experts on how to address this growing divide.Read More »

Building Back a Stronger Public Health Workforce Post-Pandemic

April 06, 2021

The experts on today’s episode make the case for how a robust public health workforce could have changed the trajectory of our pandemic response, but also explain why we can reimagine what a strong public health workforce requires as we enter into pandemic recovery.Read More »

Building Community Resilience to Help Families Bounce Forward

March 25, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected children’s and families’ social, emotional, and mental well-being, and demand for social services has increased due to COVID-19-related and economic factors. The speakers on this episode explain how states can build relationships with the human and social services sector and ensure that children and families can access critical social supports during and after this period of increased need. This episode also leverages new resources and flexibilities created during the COVID-19 response to rebuild systems to be community-centered, prevention-focused, and equitable.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 »

Getting Shots Into Arms: The Race to Vaccinate Against COVID-19

January 21, 2021

Our experts on this episode also discuss that while there have been perceived challenges in the initial COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the overall effort of getting vaccines into the arms of a virus that barely existed one year ago is nothing short of miraculous.Read More »

Public Health in 2020: The Year That Was

December 14, 2020

On this episode, we ask public health experts to zoom out a bit and reflect on a truly remarkable year. These public health leaders discuss the politicization of public health mitigation efforts, becoming the target of hateful attacks, and being at the forefront of the biggest health crisis in a century. Our experts also reflect on what they hope people have learned about our public health infrastructure and lessons learned for future disease outbreaks.Read More »

Addressing Housing Challenges and Economic Insecurity During COVID-19

November 10, 2020

This episode highlights ongoing efforts and provides consideration for health officials to not only limit the impact of the pandemic on the economic security and housing needs of Americans but also to rebuild systems that create a healthier, more equitable post-COVID-19 world. This podcast is the first in a series that challenges state/territorial health officials to “Bounce Forward” instead of simply bouncing back to the way things were before.Read More »

Using Prevention Strategies to Help Families Thrive

October 29, 2020

ASTHO and the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) are now in partnership to support the transformation of the child welfare system through a prevention first model. In this episode, ASTHO’s CEO Michael Fraser, along with ASPHSA’s CEO Tracy Wareing Evans, discuss the intersection of public health and human services and why it’s so important for these two sectors to work together to achieve a shared vision of thriving families.Read More »

Communicating During an Emergency: Cyanotoxin Lessons from Oregon

October 08, 2020

This podcast will focus on lessons learned from Oregon Health Authority’s cyanotoxin education and outreach efforts, and how a water contamination emergency caused by cyanotoxins can quickly become a public information emergency. Three guests from OHA will share how they used science-based health messaging as part of their risk communication strategy, and how important partnerships are in tackling cyanotoxins. In addition, OHA staff will discuss tools on the horizon to help conduct surveillance for cyanotoxins and prepare for future events.Read More »

Improving Care to Address Maternal and Child Lead Exposure

September 10, 2020

In 2017, nearly 64,000 children under six had elevated blood lead levels as defined by the CDC. There is no safe blood lead level in children, and even low levels of lead have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. To decrease maternal and child morbidity and mortality associated with lead exposure, families need access to systems of coordinated care in order to address their needs related to lead exposure.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 »

Addressing Rural Health Disparities in a Pandemic

August 13, 2020

On this episode, speakers will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on rural health infrastructure and workforce, and how to improve these conditions in rural communities. We hear from three leaders who work in states with high rural healthcare needs and vast provider shortages to learn how to increase access to quality healthcare in rural areas, barriers that exist, and innovative strategies for rural health workforce recruitment and retention.Read More »

Fostering Equitable Change During COVID-19

July 30, 2020

On this episode, speakers will address both issues and highlight the importance of public health agencies leading with and integrating equity in their COVID-19 response. We hear from three leaders managing their COVID-19 response by prioritizing areas with the greatest need and supporting community-led decision-making to ensure the most socially vulnerable populations have increased access to treatment, testing, isolation options, and resources.Read More »

Preparing for Fall: Back to School and Influenza Season

July 15, 2020

Increasing and maintaining vaccine coverage is an important way to prevent the spread of disease and keep communities healthy. Efforts to reduce COVID-19 transmission, such as social distancing, led to fewer people seeking non-urgent medical care and receiving routine vaccinations. Recent studies (here and here) demonstrate that childhood vaccine uptake has decreased since the onset of COVID-19, leaving many children under or unvaccinated. Ensuring routine vaccination services during the COVID-19 pandemic is an important way to prevent spread of serious illness, hospitalizations, and further strain on the healthcare system.Read More »

Polarity Thinking: Leading During a Pandemic

July 02, 2020

Leading a governmental health department is a complex job during the best of times, but particularly so during a pandemic when leaders must navigate every step carefully. In this episode, our guests introduce and discuss a concept called "polarity thinking," which invites leaders to embrace situations or problems from the opposing perspectives, or "poles."Read More »

How COVID-19 Exposed the Gaps in Substance Use Care

June 15, 2020

State and territorial health leaders are thinking long-term about how policy changes made as a response to the pandemic might be continued to support vulnerable populations. During this episode, public health experts discuss how states and territories can better support communities by addressing barriers to pain management and substance use treatment services—along with establishing wraparound services to mitigate the societal and economic impacts of COVID-19.Read More »

The Next Surge: The Behavioral Health Crisis Following COVID-19

May 29, 2020

May is Mental Health Month, and this year, health officials are tasked with navigating the impact of COVID-19 on the behavioral health system. The rates of depression, suicide, and substance use are expected to surge as communities continue to struggle with COVID19 cases—along with the fear, isolation and unemployment that comes with the pandemic. It’s essential that policymakers ensure that communities have continued access to mental health and substance use disorder services not only during, but also in the aftermath of this pandemic.Read More »

Promoting Well-Being and Reducing Risk Post-COVID-19

May 14, 2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic serves as a case example that highlights the fundamental need to more aggressively use the Shared Risk and Protective Factors (SRPF) Framework to address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), suicide, and opioid misuse. This episode explains what the SRPF framework is, and how states and territories can collaborate with a broader range of partners to implement research-based programs, policies, practices, and strategies that will improve the existing fractured and unstable systems. This framework ultimately works to nurture the safe and stable communities that youth and families need to thrive.Read More »

One-on-One with CDC’s Anne Schuchat

April 29, 2020

If there’s anyone who has spent their career preparing for a global pandemic, it’s Anne Schuchat, MD. Currently, she serves as the principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She served as acting CDC director from January-July 2017 and February-March 2018. Schuchat sat down with ASTHO for a 1-on-1 on her reaction to the COVID-19 response, what policymakers should be thinking about next, and what keeps her up at night.Read More »

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