ASTHO's webinars provide the latest information on a broad range of emerging trends and issues affecting state and territorial public health. Stay current with this virtual education series featuring thought leaders and subject-matter experts in public health and related fields.

Designing HIV Systems for the Margins

July 12, 2021

This webinar provides an opportunity to learn about approaches and promising practices for addressing disparities in HIV care. It centers on a presentation about a model, Design for the Margins, for designing HIV systems through a health equity lens. It also features presentations about efforts to apply principles from this model in HIV programs to reach populations that are currently out of care.Read More »

Tackling Inequities in Digital Care

April 16, 2021

The Tackling Inequities in Digital Care webinar discusses state and community-level interventions to bridge the digital divide in healthcare and improve access to digital services for marginalized communities. A panel of expert speakers emphasized the importance of providing services to older adult populations that improve digital literacy, while providing support to keep them socially connected by using other older adults as community mentors and guides. The session also discussed how states can partner with communities to coordinate and build platforms that increase access to telehealth, digital devices, and digital literacy training programs, and maximize federal investments to expand digital access.Read More »

A Conversation on Data, Communication, and Health Equity

March 16, 2021

The fight against COVID-19 is also a fight against misinformation and health disparities. How can you incorporate data into your communications strategy to combat misinformation, eliminate health disparities, and keep your community safe and informed? Our panel of leading experts will explore the role that data can play in elevating public messaging, as well as offer insights into how to take a data-first approach to tell a story that resonates with diverse audiences. Participants will learn how audiences perceive data and how to use this understanding to present compelling information that drives action today.Read More »

Engaging Community Health Workers in Emergency Response

March 10, 2021

This expert-led webinar provides an opportunity for state health agencies to learn from the experiences of other state and local health departments that have piloted programs aimed at integrating community health workers into their COVID-19 response efforts. The webinar also features a speaker from a national organization to discuss the key role of community health workers in addressing health disparities and building community resilience.Read More »

Making Sense of COVID-19 Vaccine Polling Results

February 04, 2021

In this first installment of ASTHO’s Ask the Experts crisis communication series, Gillian SteelFisher shared a meta-analysis of the many COVID-19 vaccine-related public polls and how public health can use this information to guide vaccine messaging. Additionally, Neetu Abad, co-lead of the CDC Vaccine Confidence team, discussed behavioral drivers of hesitancy and how CDC uses that knowledge to craft outreach materials. After the presentation, a Q&A session was held to dig deeper into community-specific approaches for reaching vaccine-hesitant audiences and encouraging them to get vaccinated.Read More »

Tobacco Prevention in the Lens of COVID-19: Opportunities and Strategies

December 16, 2020

The webinar featured three panelists: Marcus Plescia, ASTHO’s chief medical officer; Clinton Isham, a tribal relations consultant for the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation; and Jennifer Kreslake, director at the Schroeder Institute at Truth Initiative. The panelists addressed topics related to the intersections of COVID-19 and tobacco control work, including the link between tobacco use and COVID-19 transmission, tobacco prevention messaging strategies, as well as disparate populations and health inequities. The panelists’ varying perspectives and insights resulted in a rich discussion that brought to light the importance of being resilient, creative, and supportive during this time.Read More »

Innovative Approaches to Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Care During COVID-19

November 18, 2020

This webinar features Dr. Rachel Wightman, cofounder of the Buprenorphine Hotline in Rhode Island, and Dr. Gwen Latendresse from the University of Utah’s Telehealth Pilot Project for pregnant and postpartum women. They describe their work, the federal policy changes that enabled the development of their telehealth models of care, and offer lessons learned and goals for future growth of tele-mental health and substance use programs.Read More »

Comprehensive and Equitable Access to OUD Care and Treatment

October 22, 2020

This webinar featured Dr. Carolyn Sufrin and Dr. Mishka Terplan as they highlighted current research around access to care for women in correctional facilities and next steps OMNI Learning Community teams can implement to support access to equitable and comprehensive opioid use disorder treatment and support services for all women.Read More »

Adolescent Mental Health During COVID-19

August 25, 2020

In this sixth virtual learning session for the PRISM learning community, presenters discuss different facets of adolescent mental health needs. This webinar discusses the challenges that COVID-19 has created for youth mental health, shares lessons learned from a program that supports youth released from a detention center, and shares strategies that state health officials can implement to support and advocate for youth and adolescents with mental health needs both during and beyond the pandemic.Read More »

The Rise of Stimulant Overdoses and Harm Reduction

August 03, 2020

In this webinar, Sheila Vakharia (Deputy Director, Drug Policy Alliance) discusses national trends in stimulant use data and shares harm reduction strategies for stimulants. Speakers - Katie Bee (Iowa Dept. of Health), and Michelle Tilotta (Iowa Dept. of Health), on the other hand, describe Iowa strategic efforts in addressing the impacts of methamphetamine through a public health lens.Read More »

The Trends of Overdose Data During COVID-19

June 11, 2020

This webinar highlights the use of the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP), a syndromic surveillance application that serves as a collaborative and centralized platform for all disciplines responding to the crisis. In this recorded webinar, Aliese Alter, Senior Program Manager, and Christopher Yeager, ODMAP Data and Research Analyst, share an overview of the ODMAP tool and discuss trends in overdose data since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in U.S. as well as methods for examining these trends.Read More »

Expanded PFAS Exposure Assessments in Pennsylvania Communities

June 04, 2020

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of synthetic compounds found in a variety of household and industrial products. The two most studied compounds in this family, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), have been associated with a range of health concerns. The following webinar recording describes follow-up work by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) to further characterize PFAS exposures in affected Pennsylvania communities. In this webinar, PADOH shares insights on planning and implementation of this project as well as results and lessons learned along the way.

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10 Building Blocks of Early Childhood Nutrition: Strategies to Promote Breastfeeding

April 30, 2020

The goal of this ASTHOConnect was to increase the awareness and understanding of the learning community’s work to support public health initiatives, including promotion of breastfeeding through perinatal quality collaboratives, focused on two goals, developing lifelong healthy dietary patterns to prevent chronic disease, and raising awareness on the importance of early nutrition in the first two years of life for healthy growth and development.Read More »

Innovative State Strategies for Diabetes Prevention

March 03, 2020

Innovative State Strategies for Diabetes Prevention This comprehensive ASTHOConnects webinar featured three states case studies on innovative diabetes prevention initiatives. Two came from Illinois and Texas discussing their activities as part of ASTHO’s diabetes prevention project supported by Merck, and

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Use of Telehealth for Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Maternal and Child Populations

February 06, 2020

The fourth virtual learning session for the PRISM Learning Community was on the use of telehealth to improve access to substance use disorder treatment, including medically assisted treatment, in maternal and child populations.Read More »

OMNI Learning Community: Engaging Primary Care Associations and Federally Qualified Health Centers

February 04, 2020

The Opioid Use Disorder, Maternal Outcomes, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Initiative (OMNI) Learning Community hosted its second ASTHOConnect of Year Two highlighting how primary care providers can be a part of the care team for pregnant/postpartum women and infants experiencing substance use disorder. It featured a presentation from HRSA to provide the federal perspective on engaging primary care associations and leveraging federally qualified health centers for OMNI related work. It also featured two FQHCs on their role providing services to pregnant and postpartum women affected by opioid use disorder and infants prenatally exposed to substances.Read More »

ASTHOConnects: Telehealth Learning Community Cross-State Webinar

December 19, 2019

This ASTHOConnects webinar provides an overview of the current national telehealth policy landscape featuring Mei Kwong, Executive Director of the Center for Connected Health Policy. Emerging telehealth issues discussed included telehealth reimbursement across payers, telehealth legislation, and other hot topics. Also featured are state speakers from the ASTHO Telehealth Learning Community including speakers from Florida, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, and Montana.Read More »

Medication-Assisted Treatment During Pregnancy: Current Research, Practice Recommendations, and State Policy Considerations

December 11, 2019

The third virtual learning session of the PRISM Learning Community discusses current research and treatment recommendations on the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) during pregnancy, state policy considerations on the issue, and opportunities for Title V programs to support MAT efforts in states.Read More »

ASTHOConnects Session #2: Working Across Boundaries to Incorporate an Equity Lens to Breastfeeding Initiatives

November 26, 2019

ASTHO hosted its second ASTHOConnects Breastfeeding Learning Community on November 13, 2019. The audience was the 16 State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) states participating in the leaning community as well as the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) participants within those SPAN states. The ASTHOConnects presented the Center for Creative Leadership’s (CCL) Boundary-Spanning Leadership (BSL) framework and toolkit. As part of the session, states discussed the visioning tool and assisted states with strategizing on methods to incorporate an equity lens to breastfeeding initiatives.Read More »

OMNI Learning Community ASTHOConnect: Successful Models Integrating Maternal Care and Substance Use Treatment

October 15, 2019

The Opioid Use Disorder, Maternal Outcomes, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Initiative (OMNI) Learning Community’s first ASTHOConnect of Year Two will highlight two examples of successful models for integrating maternal care and substance use treatment. Elisabeth Johnson from UNC Horizons and Dr. Lorraine Milio from Johns Hopkins’ Center for Addiction and Pregnancy will provide overviews of their organizations, discuss the successes and challenges faced by their programs, and provide recommendations for states interested in integrating care. ASTHO will also discuss Learning Community updates including teams’ state action plans, TA opportunities, and a new resource for peer-to-peer sharing between states.Read More »

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