Public Health Review


ASTHO’s podcast series, the Public Health Review, features health officials and public health leadership 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/territorial health officials and other subject matter experts.

69: Effects of COVID-19 on Tuberculosis Prevention, Detection, and Treatment68: Older Adults and Healthy Aging
Older-adult health has been increasingly on the radar of public health agencies over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. For many, it prompted new or enhanced partnerships with their sibling agencies. As the population of older adults continues to grow, it is crucial for public health agencies to join partners in the aging network to create systems that support healthy aging. In this podcast episode, Jewel Mullen (alumni-CT) offers perspectives on the value of cultivating partnerships between state public health agencies and state units on aging. In addition, Elizabeth Head (Deputy Director, Injury Prevention Section, Georgia Department of Public Health) and Aline Stone (Georgia Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Coordinator, Division of Aging Services, Georgia Department of Human Services) describe their collaboration to improve the health of older adults in Georgia. They share their experience participating in a pilot project with ASTHO and Trust for America’s Health to cross reference their state health improvement and aging plans. Guests Jewel Mullen, Former Public Health Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Public HealthElizabeth Head, Deputy Director, Injury Prevention Section, Georgia Department of Public HealthAline Stone, Georgia Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Coordinator, Division of Aging Services, Georgia Department of Human Services Resources Age-Friendly Public Health Systems - Trust for America’s Health (afphs.org) Healthy Aging and Brain Health | ASTHO ASTHO Learning: Integrating Healthy Aging into Public HealthASTHO Learning: Healthy Brain Initiative (HBI) Road Map Module
Apr 21 2022
26 mins
67: Public Health's Role in Telehealth66: COVID-19 in the Pacific: What We’ve Learned and Where We’re Going65: Collectively Supporting Behavioral Health of People Living with Disabilities During COVID
Adults with disabilities are reported to experience more mental distress than those without disabilities. Mental distress in this population is associated with poorer health behaviors, an increase in health services use, mental and behavioral health disorders, and reduced quality of life. In particular, the pandemic has spotlighted a need for improved healthcare delivery systems and public health response strategies as COVID-19 has exacerbated health disparities in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In this podcast episode, Alison Beam (alumni-PA) and Kristin Ahrens (deputy secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Health) offer cross-agency perspectives on the challenges and experiences they faced addressing the complex needs of people with IDD during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also share strategies to leverage state Medicaid data to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on the health of people with IDD, along with how cross-agency data-sharing can provide a more comprehensive look at statewide trends and inform decision-making in current and future pandemic response efforts. Guests: Alison Beam, Former Secretary of Health, Pennsylvania Department of HealthKristin Ahrens, Deputy Secretary, Office of Developmental Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Resources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - The Mental Health of People with Disabilities Cross-Agency Partnerships for Health Equity: Understanding Opportunities Across Medicaid and Public Health Agencies (ASTHO) How COVID-19 impacts people with disabilities Embedded: When Disaster Strikes for People Living With Disabilities (ASTHO) Embedded: One Year Review of Disability and Preparedness Specialists Project
Feb 16 2022
28 mins
64: Disability and Crisis Standards of Care in the Age of COVID-19
As Omicron leads to nation-wide COVID-19 surges, many jurisdictions face the decision to activate crisis standards of care, a decision-making guide that helps healthcare providers give the best care during situations where resources are scarce. These guidelines focus on care for groups of people rather than individuals and are steered by ethical principles to avoid discrimination. Crisis standards of care can be especially impactful for people living with disabilities who may require access to certain resources, such as ventilators, as part of their routine medical care. In this episode, Katey Redmond (former Disability and Preparedness Specialist, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services) and Dr. Alexis Travis (State Health Officer, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services) speak about disability inclusion in crisis standards of care and share advice on how to build partnerships with the disability community. Guests Alexis Travis, PhD, State Health Officer, Michigan Department of Health & Human ServicesKatey Redmond, MPH, CPH, Public Health Specialist II, Former Alaska Disability and Preparedness Specialist Resources ASTHO Experts Infographic: 10 Essential Questions on Disability Inclusion (Available in English and Spanish)ASTHO Experts Blog: Embedded: One Year Review of Disability and Preparedness SpecialistsASTHO Experts Video: Partnerships with Disability OrganizationsASTHO Experts Podcast: Protecting the Vulnerable: How Public Health Can Better Serve People with Disabilities
Jan 20 2022
16 mins
63: Community-Led Health Equity Programs Deliver Results62: Financing the Future of Public Health
A strong public health infrastructure is required at the national, state, territorial, and local levels to carry out critical programs and respond to emergencies. How can states move from a reactive approach of ad hoc crisis funding to a proactive investment in nimble, cross-cutting systems? How are states that are undergoing public health transformations positioned to leverage new funding for core priorities like data modernization? In our latest episode, Dr. Steven Stack (Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Public Health) and Janet Hamilton (Executive Director, CSTE) share the latest insights from the field. They address short and long-term needs that public health departments must consider as they create the next generation of public health infrastructure—from laboratories to workforce development, to community partnerships, data systems, administrative readiness, and more. Together, building this infrastructure can be the rising tide that lifts all services across the public health system. Guests: Steven Stack, MD, Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Public HealthJanet Hamilton, MPH, Executive Director, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Resources: Episode TranscriptFoundational Public Health Services Framework The 10 Essential Public Health ServicesASTHO – Accreditation and Performance Management Technical Assistance and ResourcesASTHO – Guide on Conducting an Administrative Policy Assessment and Gap AnalysisASTHO – COVID-19 Highlights Critical Need for Public Health Data Modernization to Remain a PriorityASTHO –Exploring Innovations in GIS and Visualization for Healthier CommunitiesASTHO - Public Health Infrastructure Proposals Gain Steam in CongressASTHO - Understanding the Impacts of COVID-19 on the Workforce
Dec 1 2021
32 mins
61: COVID-19 and the Fourth Trimester60: Gratitude Amid Struggle - Celebrating Wins in the COVID-19 Response59: The Importance of Crisis Communications in Public Health58: Health Partnerships in Action - Managing COVID-19 at the Southwest Border57: Misinformation and the COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign56: Prevention for the Next Generation - Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences, Suicide, and OverdoseBONUS: Fighting the Next COVID-19 Wave55: Avoiding the Cliff - Financing Medicaid in the TerritoriesBONUS: Making Technology Work for Rapidly Changing Public Health Needs54: What a Shortage of Forensic Pathologists Means for Public HealthBONUS: Balancing Privacy and Security with COVID-19 Vaccine CredentialsBONUS: Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy with AM Trace