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ASTHO is the voice of state public health officials in Washington, D.C., and across the country.

Federal Government Relations

ASTHO’s Federal Government Relations team advocates on behalf of state public health before the U.S. Congress and the administration to inform federal policy to achieve better health outcomes. We provide congressional leaders with key information regarding public health activities in their state/district, support members’ advocacy efforts, federal testimony and participation in congressional briefings, and educate members and state health agency staff on key budget and public health policy. Read more »

State Health Policy

ASTHO’s State Health Policy team is critical to helping public health approach state-level policy in a strategic, coordinated manner by leading legislative and regulatory tracking and analysis on key issues across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. ASTHO does not lobby or advocate for policies at the state level. We work to inform the legislative and regulatory process by facilitating the exchange of information and strategies among the states through our State Legislative Liaison (SLL) peer network. In addition, we provide resources to assist state health agencies and others in understanding national trends and emerging issues impacting public health and state health agencies.
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Public Health Law

The enactment and enforcement of laws is an important tool for improving the health of the population. Laws establish the authority of public health agencies and delineate their functions. ASTHO serves as the go to resource for state and territorial public health agencies and strives to provide our members with critical public health law resources on various topics. ASTHO also convenes a workgroup of state health agency attorneys who are available to provide real time technical assistance on legal questions in emergencies. The information contained on this website is not legal advice. If you have questions about a specific law or its application you should consult your legal counsel.
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ASTHO Policy and Position Statements

The members of ASTHO are frequently called on by federal and state lawmakers and national organizations to provide input on the development of public health policy. These policy and position statements are generated by ASTHO members through our policy committees. Read more »