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ASTHO Releases Latest Public Health Review Podcast Episode: CDC Director Robert Redfield Talks Opioids, HIV, and Vaccine Hesitancy

ARLINGTON, VA (May 13, 2019)—The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) today released a new episode of its podcast, Public Health Review, featuring an in-depth interview with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director, Dr. Robert Redfield.

In the latest episode, entitled "Seeing the Possible: A Conversation with CDC Director Robert Redfield," Redfield discusses some of the nation's most pressing public health issues, including opioids, HIV transmission and the anti-vaccine movement, and unveils his plans to tackle these issues as director of the CDC. Public Health Review is the ASTHO podcast series addressing modern public health issues in states and territories through conversations with public health leaders, medical experts, and health policy experts.

Calling the opioid epidemic "the public health crisis of our time," Redfield also calls for the health community to "keep science off the shelf," and use evidence and science-based practice to face current public health challenges.

The podcast episode, and the entire Public Health Review series, is available on most podcast platforms and apps, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Google Play Music, Spotify, or via ASTHO's website. Recent episodes with additional state and territorial perspectives include public health approaches to the opioid epidemic, sexually transmitted diseases, and suicide prevention.

For more information, visit ASTHO's podcast web page.


ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. territories and freely associated states, 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 public health practice.