Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials is the national nonprofit organization representing public health agencies in the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia, and over 100,000 public health professionals. It serves them by tracking, evaluating, and advising members on the impact and formation of public or private health policy which may affect them and by providing guidance and technical assistance on improving the nation’s health. This website includes resources for public health agencies in the areas of accreditation, environmental health, emergency preparedness, e-data, workforce leadership development, and policy matters, among others.

Available online: http://www.astho.org/

It is included in the CJS Resource Library under the categories listed below. Select a link to find other resources in that category.

  • Accreditation / Essential Services: The website’s accreditation page provides resources and tools to help states apply for accreditation and complete state assessments.
  • Background / History: The website’s research and data collections provide historical and background information on a large number of critical public health agency issues, segregated by topic.
  • Environmental Issues: The website’s environmental page provides research and resources regarding emerging environmental hazards in the natural and manmade environment, including food safety, water safety and chemical exposure.
  • Governance: This website includes resources for public health agencies in a number of areas including policy matters.
  • Legal Issues: The website’s public policy and public health law pages provide members with critical public health law resources on various topics as well as links to ASTHO’s policy and position statements on federal and state health policies.
  • Preparedness / Emergency Response: ASTHO develops comprehensive, coordinated public health preparedness programs and plans through collaboration with local, state and federal partners. Website links include video and print reports, presentations, and other resources to support public health agency preparedness and understanding of public health emergency law.
  • Quality Improvement: ASHTO hosts workforce leadership conferences and provides administrative support to a number of state health agency peer networks. The website’s workforce and leadership development page provides details and offers publications and links to other resources dealing with workforce and leadership issues.
  • Research and Evaluation: The research page on ASHTO’s website is the source for its comprehensive profile of public health, data collection on state health agency budget cuts, research and case studies on state/local public health agency relationships, and other topics.
  • Surveillance / Data Sharing: The ASTHO e-Health project addresses electronic health data, health data systems, and surveillance systems.

 
This resource is also linked to the Roadmap. Select a link below to read more about each area.

  • Context and History / Phase Two: The website’s research and data collections provide historical and background information on a large number of critical public health agency issues, segregated by topic.
  • Governance / Phase Two: This website includes resources for public health agencies in a number of areas including policy matters.
  • Legal Issues/ Phase Two: The website’s public policy/public health law pages provide members with critical
    public health law resources on various topics as well as links to ASTHO’s policy and position statements on federal and state health policies.
  • Implementation and Management / Phase Three: The website’s workforce and leadership development page provides details and offers publications and links to resources dealing with workforce and leadership issues.