ASTHO: Population Health and Prevention

April 5, 2021

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is providing a series of virtual learning opportunities for state and territorial public health agency staff to improve awareness of how to engage with Medicaid, transportation, and housing. ASTHO invites state or territorial public health agency staff to apply for this opportunity by April 16.

You’re invited to ASTHO’s Prioritizing Equity in Public Health Leadership Summit on April 21! Hear a keynote presentation from bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi and join breakout discussions on on promising practices to address structural racism and reduce racial and ethnic disparities. Register here

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) collaborated on a research correspondence published in The New England Journal of Medicine, which highlights disposable e-cigarettes as an emerging public health challenge for youth.

Public Health Law Center published a copy of the citizen petition supplement submitted to FDA this past January, which outlines why the agency should prohibit menthol as an additive to cigarettes.

The National Rural Transit Assistance Program released the Community Rides Grant Program Request For Proposal to develop or strengthen transportation partnerships that improve social determinants of health in rural and tribal communities.

The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Biden’s top Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials, including Xavier Becerra to serve as HHS secretary and former ASTHO President Rachel Levine (alumni – PA) as assistant secretary.

CDC announced plans to provide $332 million to support community health workers for COVID-19 prevention and control.

LSU Health Sciences Center, the National Association of Community Health Workers, and the Louisiana Community Health Outreach Network are fielding surveys targeting community health workers and community health worker employers about how the workforce functions in Medicaid managed care organizations.