ASTHO Policy Statements

The members of ASTHO serve as the face and voice of state and territorial public health and are frequently called on by federal and state lawmakers and national organizations to provide input on the development of public health policy. Their leadership, coordination, and position in state government enables them to effect change in public health policy both in their states and on a national level. Policy statements generated by ASTHO members through our policy committees appear below.

Learn more about ASTHO's multi-step policy statement development process.

Policy Statements

Access to Health Services (in development)

Achieving Optimal Health for All Guiding Principles (September 2020)

Adverse Childhood Experiences (December 2022)

Biodetection in the 21st Century (in development)

Cannabis Use for Medical Conditions (in development)

Chronic Viral Hepatitis Elimination (in development)

Climate and Extreme Weather Events Health Policy Statement (December 2022)

Definition and Resources for Core Public Health Services and Infrastructure (in development)

Electronic Case Reporting for Automated Disease Reporting (in development)

Environmental Public Health (September 2019)

Health in All Policies (September 2020)

Healthy Aging (March 2022)

Healthy Eating Position Statement (December 2020)

Immunization Guiding Principles (September 2020)

Improving Birth Outcomes (June 2022)

Infectious Disease Guiding Principles (September 2020)

Interoperability and Its Impact on Population Health Outcomes (in development)

Legalizing Cannabis for Non-Medical Adult Use (in development)

Lyme Disease Treatment (in development)

Maternal Mortality and Morbidity (in development)

Newborn Screening (in development)

Oral Health (February 2023)

Oral Health White Paper

Preparedness Guiding Principles (September 2020)

Preventing and Reducing Obesity in the United States and U.S. Territories (March 2022)

Preventing Firearm Misuse, Injury, and Death (in development)

Reproductive Health Services (December 2022)

Responding to Emerging Food Safety Threats (in development)

Safe Syringe Programs (in development)

State Home Visiting Programs (December 2021)

Supporting Alternative Payment Model and Value-Based Purchasing (in development)

Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Position Statement (September 2020)

*Month and year noted in parentheses indicates the policy statement’s expiration date.