State and territorial health agencies are strategically positioned to provide leadership to develop, coordinate and implement comprehensive, evidence-based approaches to wellness and the prevention of chronic diseases and injury. ASTHO’s Prevention Program supports state and territorial public health agencies to build their capacity to address America’s major health problems and the leading causes of death and disability.

Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

ASTHO supports a variety of chronic disease prevention and health promotion policies and programs through a number of projects. Information and resources related to ASTHO’s ongoing and past health promotion and disease prevention efforts can be found below. Learn more about Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion »

Healthy Aging

ASTHO supports the health of older adults by promoting collaboration across sectors to implement evidence-based strategies for increasing the number of older adults who can live and age well in our communities. Learn more about Healthy Aging »

Injury Prevention and Behavioral Health

ASTHO supports injury and violence prevention efforts by disseminating best practices to enhance the capacity of state health agencies to implement effective policies and improve health outcomes. Learn more about Injury Prevention and Behavioral Health »

Tobacco Prevention and Control Project

ASTHO promotes strong, comprehensive state tobacco control policies and programs. ASTHO engages a variety of affiliates and stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels in programs to prevent tobacco dependence and promote smoking cessation. Learn more about the Tobacco Prevention and Control Project »

Prevention Research Centers

ASTHO supports the CDC in promoting research and programs developed by Prevention Research Centers. The Prevention Research Centers, known as the PRC program, consists of 26 public health universities or schools of medicines that conduct community engaged research to address health disparities. The PRCs can translate research to produce evidence-based programs, evaluation tools, public health guides and trainings. Learn more about the PRC program »

Learning Collaboratives

ASTHO supports states with quality improvement activities focused on developing and adapting best practices across multiple settings. Through the learning collaboratives, ASTHO convenes multiple states working on quality improvement activities to provide targeted technical assistance and facilitate state to state collaboration. Learn more about Learning Collaboratives »

National Wellness Initiatives

ASTHO supports and promotes several national initiatives to improve wellness in the United States. Learn more about the National Wellness Initiatives »

Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Proposed Guiding Principles

ASTHO supports the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (PHHSBG), a cornerstone public health program for preventing disease, illness, and injury. ASTHO's board and members and the ASTHO Affiliate Council recommend that the PHHSBG demonstrate its importance and impact by maintaining five key principles for a high performing program.