ASTHO Policy Statements

The members of ASTHO serve as the face and voice of state and territorial public health and are frequently called on by federal and state lawmakers and national organizations to provide input on the development of public health policy. Their leadership, coordination, and position in state government enables them to effect change in public health policy both in their states and on a national level. Policy statements generated by ASTHO members through our policy committees appear below.

Learn more about ASTHO's multi-step policy statement development process.

Policy Statements

Access to Health Services (February 2024)

Achieving Optimal Health for All by Eliminating Structural Racism (February 2024)

Adverse Childhood Experiences (December 2022)

Biodetection in the 21st Century (in development)

Cannabis Use for Medical Conditions (February 2024)

Chronic Viral Hepatitis Elimination (in development)

Climate and Extreme Weather Events Health Policy Statement (December 2022)

Definition and Resources for Core Public Health Services and Infrastructure (in development)

Electronic Case Reporting for Automated Disease Reporting (in development)

Environmental Public Health (September 2022)

Fully Fund the Renegotiated Compacts of Free Association and Reduce Compact Impact in U.S. Territories and States (October 2024)

Health in All Policies (September 2022)

Healthy Aging (March 2022)

Healthy Eating Position Statement (December 2022)

Immunization Guiding Principles (September 2022)

Improving Birth Outcomes (June 2022)

Infectious Disease Guiding Principles (September 2022)

Interim COVID-19 Vaccination Verification and Requirements (July 2024)

Interoperability and Its Impact on Population Health Outcomes (in development)

Legalizing Cannabis for Non-Medical Adult Use (February 2024)

Lyme Disease Treatment (in development)

Maternal Mortality and Morbidity (October 2024)

Newborn Screening (October 2024)

Oral Health (February 2023)

Oral Health White Paper

Permanent, Sustainable Medicaid Financing for U.S. Territories (June 2024)

Preparedness Guiding Principles (September 2022)

Preventing and Reducing Obesity in the United States and U.S. Territories (March 2022)

Preventing Firearm Misuse, Injury, and Death (October 2024)

Reproductive Health Services (December 2022)

Responding to Emerging Food Safety Threats (in development)

Safe Syringe Programs (in development)

State Home Visiting Programs (December 2022)

Supporting Alternative Payment Models and Value-Based Purchasing (February 2024)

Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Position Statement (September 2022)

*Month and year noted in parentheses indicates the policy statement’s expiration date.