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Nov 17, 2016, 17:20 ET State and Territorial Health Officials Applaud Surgeon General's First Ever Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) commends U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy for issuing a landmark report on...


Nov 16, 2016, 10:35 ET Health Officials and Attorneys General Convene to Discuss Legal and Public Health Solutions to Opioid Epidemic

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute, a branch of...


Sep 14, 2016, 08:57 ET State Health Officials to Congress: Act on Zika Funding Now

 While Congress debates the future of federal funding for Zika preparedness and response, the Zika virus continues to spread. Rising case...


Jul 05, 2016, 11:57 ET ASTHO Board Selects Michael Fraser to Serve as New Executive Director

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) announced today that Michael Fraser, PhD, CAE, will serve as the organization's...


Feb 02, 2016, 14:15 ET The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Challenges Members to Promote Health Equity and Health in All Policies

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and ASTHO President and Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Edward...


Oct 21, 2015, 11:42 ET Signs Point To Imminent Public Health Workforce Exit

 New studies of the public health workforce reveal signs of unprecedented change ahead. Notably, 38 percent of state public health workers plan...


Oct 05, 2015, 10:25 ET ASTHO Honors 2015 Public Health Heroes

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 ASTHO public health heroes...


Oct 05, 2015, 10:14 ET Utah, Colorado, Tennessee, and Missouri Win ASTHO Vision Awards for Innovative Projects

Today the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) presented its 2015 Vision Awards to the Utah Department of Health,...


Oct 05, 2015, 07:24 ET ASTHO Executive Director Announces New Role at the March of Dimes

 Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Executive Director Paul E. Jarris, MD, MBA, has announced that he is stepping...


Jan 27, 2015, 17:05 ET Multistate Measles Outbreak Drives Up State Health Agency Costs and Points to Importance of Quality Immunization Communication

With the Disneyland measles outbreak up to 87 cases in seven states as of Jan. 26, state health departments are responding to the disease by...


Dec 09, 2014, 11:54 ET ASTHO Announces Release of 2014 National Health Security Preparedness Index™

 The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control...


Dec 04, 2014, 16:35 ET ASTHO Releases Ebola Communications Guide for Health Officials and Policymakers

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), in consultant with risk communication experts and state health officials, has...


Nov 12, 2014, 13:33 ET ASTHO President Challenges States to Promote Healthy Aging

ASTHO President and Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Jewel Mullen has issued the 2015 ASTHO President's Challenge: Healthy...


Oct 14, 2014, 16:26 ET State and Territorial Health Departments Working Overtime to Prepare for Ebola

 State and territorial health departments have been mobilizing for months to respond to possible imported cases of Ebola. Since the summer,...


Jun 26, 2014, 10:11 ET ASTHO Releases Comprehensive Overview of State Public Health, Finds Workforce is Diverse but Continues to Shrink

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) announces the publication of the ASTHO State Profile of Public Health, Volume 3,...


Dec 12, 2013, 13:09 ET ASTHO Mourns the Loss of Hawaii State Department of Health Director Loretta "Deliana" Fuddy

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) mourns the tragic loss of Loretta "Deliana" Fuddy, ACSW, MPH, director of the...


Dec 04, 2013, 08:00 ET First-of-its-kind U.S. Preparedness Index Shows Great Strengths and Challenges in Protecting Nation's Health During Disasters

2013 results are most complete assessment of national health security preparedness to date The Association for State and Territorial Health...


Oct 03, 2013, 18:28 ET Public Health Put at Risk by Government Shutdown

With the federal government shutdown and federal public health workers deemed "non-essential," U.S. public health has been compromised at a time...


Sep 20, 2013, 09:58 ET ASTHO Announces 2013 Vision Award Winners

 Today the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) presented its 2013 Vision Awards to the New Jersey Department of...


Sep 19, 2013, 19:30 ET New Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Leadership Takes Office

On Sept. 19, Terry Cline, commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, was elected president of the Association of State and...


Sep 19, 2013, 19:03 ET ASTHO Honors Public Health Heroes

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) recognized public health leaders for their dedication and service at this year's...


Jun 04, 2013, 09:12 ET ASTHO Congratulates States for Reducing Preterm Birth Rates

 The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) congratulates the health agencies in Colorado, Delaware, Maine, New York,...


Oct 26, 2012, 11:06 ET State Health Departments Race to Respond to Meningitis Outbreak Despite Budget Cuts and Looming Sequester

 Despite recently sustaining $2.5 billion in federal public health spending cuts and facing billions more in cuts under sequestration,...


Sep 24, 2012, 15:49 ET ASTHO Report Details Sequestration's Potential Impact on Federal and State Public Health Programs

 The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) has released a new report on how the federal sequester scheduled for Jan....


Sep 14, 2012, 10:00 ET ASTHO Announces 2012 Vision Awards

Today the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) presented its 2012 Vision Awards to the Ohio Department of Health, Texas...