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Since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak was declared a public health emergency by United States authorities in January 2020, ASTHO has been working with our members, federal agencies, and association partners to ensure state and territorial agencies have the resources and information they need to effectively respond to cases in their jurisdictions. 

ASTHO’s Incident Command Structure (ICS) is operating at a Level 3 in order to offer further support to the state and territorial health officials and their agencies as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are ASTHO-produced resources to assist in those efforts. For additional resources or to learn more about ASTHO’s role in the COVID-19 response, please contact ASTHO's preparedness team.

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Back to School: Parent Views of COVID-19 Protection

In partnership with ASTHO and NPHIC, the Harvard Opinion Research Program is conducting a series of surveys to provide robust evidence that can guide communications strategy around mask-wearing and vaccination in the evolving COVID-19 context. This update showcases results about parent views of school-based protections. Data are from the latest wave of the tracking survey (July 14-26, 2021) and highlight results specifically among parents with a child age 5-17 who will be in school in-person at least part-time during the upcoming school year (n=815; referred to as “parents” for ease). Key conclusions and tips for state, territorial and local health departments were developed from results and can be used to shape communications and outreach. This project is funded by the CDC.

Bounce Forward

As America looks to recover from the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, state and territorial leaders can either approach recovery efforts as a way to reconstruct our communities the way they were prior to COVID-19, or "bounce forward" into a better world by advancing efforts to create healthier, more resilient communities. To support the recovery effort, ASTHO is releasing a new suite of resources each month that provide a straightforward method for state and territorial leaders to identify current recovery resources across a variety of sectors, consider and coalesce around achievable opportunities for health improvement in their jurisdictions, and commit to engaging community leaders in policy-making and implementation decisions. Learn more about how to Bounce Forward into a healthier future.

#MaskUp Campaign

ASTHO and the Big Cities Health Coalition teamed up to produce a public service announcement encouraging people across the country to express their compassion for others and #MaskUp. Help spread the word.

Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers

ASTHO and NCSD are proud to present a four-lesson course that provides an entry-level foundation in contact tracing from a remote location. The material includes how to identify, assess, and manage people who have been exposed to infection. Lessons are available on-demand and are free of charge. To get started, visit the training website and create your account. Visit ASTHO's contact tracing training page for more details. Please email ASTHO's training team with any questions about this course.

States in Action: COVID-19 Response Hub

ASTHO Esri mapASTHO launched a COVID-19 response hub as a way to share mapped data requested by members. The hub features ASTHO's States and Territories in Action: COVID-19 Response Map, which contains links to state and territory COVID-19 websites (and hotline numbers), and information on state of emergency declarations. 

ASTHO will continue to update displayed data and map visualizations in subsequent versions. View the hub » 


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