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ASTHO Receives Telework Achievement Award

ARLINGTON, VA (Feb. 2, 2017)The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) today received a “Telework Achievement Award” from Arlington Transportation Partners’ Champions program, which recognizes businesses in Arlington, Virginia for their commitment to transportation programs that make it easy for individuals to travel to and from work and home.

ASTHO is dedicated to providing employees the opportunity to work remotely and participate in public transportation methods—including walking, biking, and transit—via an organization-wide telework policy. ASTHO provides equal benefits for parking and transit, facilities for active commuters, and a pre-tax transit benefit.

“Teleworking allows for both reduced commute time and reduced stress from congestion in the Washington, D.C. area, ultimately leading to staff being more productive and living healthier lives,” says Diane Coontz, ASTHO’s chief of organizational performance and staff development. “ASTHO supports employees finding work-life balance with various health and wellness benefits and opportunities.”

Since 2006, ASTHO’s Workplace Wellness Program has implemented evidence-based strategies to support employee health.  The program has launched several initiatives including a smoke-free meetings policy, a healthy foods policy, weekly walks, community events, and a physical fitness challenge.

For more information, view ASTHO’s Worksite Wellness web page or ASTHO’s transportation policy guides.


ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia, as well as the more than 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy and to ensuring excellence in state-based public health practice.