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.

Health Partnerships in Action: Managing COVID-19 at the Southwest Border

September 09, 2021

This episode dissects concerns at the southwest United States border, where health and governmental officials find themselves managing an extraordinarily complex situation: Handling an increase in migration activity during a global pandemic. Pritesh Gandhi (Chief Medical Officer, United States Department of Homeland Security) and Erica Pan (Deputy Director, Center for Infectious Diseases at the California Department of Public Health) share how community-based partnerships are vital to managing an issue with both public health and national security implications. Our speakers discuss how leaders at all levels of government ultimately lean on partners at the local level to carry out their missions—and what that looks like at the border right now.Read More »

Misinformation and the COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

August 25, 2021

Nirav Shah, Director of Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Joe Smyser, CEO of Public Good Projects, discuss countering COVID-19 vaccine misinformation.Read More »

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 »

BONUS: Making Technology Work for Rapidly Changing Public Health Needs

July 01, 2021

On this bonus episode, Jim Ivey, chief operating officer at Chexout, discusses the importance of interoperability and makes the case that public health organizations need to invest in software that will adapt to their changing needs in both ongoing disease outbreaks and emerging infections.Read More »

What a Shortage of Forensic Pathologists Means for Public Health

June 24, 2021

In this episode, guests discuss the urgent need to find new recruits in forensic pathology and urge state health officials to consider reforms that could help bring reinforcement to a critical yet often neglected profession with a huge impact on public health.Read More »

BONUS: Balancing Privacy and Security with COVID-19 Vaccine Credentials

June 16, 2021

The idea of “vaccine passports” is starting to become a divisive issue, but the reality is many businesses are going to start requiring patrons to show some kind of proof of vaccination against COVID-19. On this bonus episode of Public Health Review, Kevin Richardson, outside counsel on global government affairs for Zebra Technologies Corporation, discusses how a business or government can create vaccine credentials that are more sophisticated than the paper cards from CDC, but that also protect people’s personal information.Read More »

BONUS: Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy with AM Trace

June 03, 2021

Vaccines that protect against COVID-19 are now readily available for most Americans, and almost half of the adult population are fully inoculated. However, there are still a significant number of people who are vaccine hesitant—enough to possibly prevent the United States from reaching herd immunity. On this bonus episode we spoke with Jens Dakin, managing director of information operations /strategic communications with AM Trace to discuss how to best communicate to these populations.Read More »

Protecting the Vulnerable: How Public Health Can Better Serve People With Disabilities

May 24, 2021

People living with disabilities have borne disproportionate burden in past emergency situations due to inequities in preparedness and response. To address and prevent inequities in the COVID-19 response, ASTHO placed 14 disability and preparedness specialists into health agencies around the country to promote inclusivity of people living with disabilities. In this episode, we explore ways that two of these disability and preparedness specialists have worked to address the needs of people living with disabilities in their jurisdictions.Read More »

BONUS: Bringing Telehealth Into the Future With MyVax

May 20, 2021

On this bonus episode of Public Health Review, we chat with Stanley Campbell, CEO and CTO EagleForce. Campbell is an expert in artificial intelligence who knows how to leverage data in the fight against disease.Read More »

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

May 18, 2021

This conversation was recorded in May 2020, but felt the lessons and takeaways are still very relevant as we are finally starting to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. The rates of depression, suicide, and substance use are expected to surge as communities continue to struggle with COVID-19 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 »

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 »

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