Episodes

133: ASTHO’s 80th Anniversary Approaches

March 8, 2022

Mike Fraser, ASTHO’s CEO, reflects on ASTHO’s history as the organization prepares to celebrate 80 years on March 23rd; Heidi Westermann, ASTHO’s Director of Public Health Systems and Planning, says ASTHO is helping Guam ide…

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132: New Vaccine Equity Program

March 7, 2022

Geetika Nadkarni, ASTHO’s Director of Infectious Diseases, outlines a new initiative aimed at reducing disparities in vaccination rates among adult racial and ethnic minority groups and rural communities; the Community COVID…

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131: ASTHO Reacts to New COVID-19 Plan

March 4, 2022

Mike Fraser, ASTHO’s CEO, issues a statement offering early reaction to the Biden Administration’s new National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan; Dr. Elisha Hall, Clinical Guidelines Lead for the CDC’s Vaccine Task Force, explains…

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130: ASTHO’s State of the Union Response

March 3, 2022

Carolyn Mullen, ASTHO’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Relations, reacts to President Biden’s comments about public health in his State of the Union address Tuesday night; Jeffrey Ekoma, ASTHO’s Senio…

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129: Messaging New COVID-19 Metrics

March 2, 2022

Dr. Marcus Plescia, ASTHO’s Chief Medical Officer, says public health jurisdictions must have clear messaging when explaining the CDC’s new community-level COVID-19 metrics; Elizabeth Head, Deputy Director for Injury Prevent…

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128: Epidemiologists Needed

March 1, 2022

Chrissie Juliano, Executive Director of the Big Cities Health Coalition, explains the critical need to hire hundreds of epidemiologists in public health departments nationwide; Richard Hamburg, Executive Director of the Safe…

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127: Territories Deliver Hill Messages

Feb. 28, 2022

Dr. Esther Muña, Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation in the Northern Mariana Islands, and Dr. Carlos Mellado, Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Health, deliver key policy messages duri…

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126: Personal Stories Fight Vaccine Misinformation

Feb. 25, 2022

Molly Howell, Immunization Director at the North Dakota Department of Health, says testimonials from people impacted by COVID-19 have helped make the virus real for people with doubts about the vaccines; Chrissie Juliano, Ex…

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125: COVID-19 Antivirals

Feb. 24, 2022

Dr. Lisa Piercey, Tennessee’s Health Commissioner, says the increased availability of oral antiviral medications doesn’t lessen the need for vaccines to fight COVID-19; Cortney Lovell, co-founder of Our Wellness Collective, …

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124: ASTHO Heads to Capitol Hill

Feb. 23, 2022

Carolyn McCoy, ASTHO’s Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs, shares how public health leaders will engage with Members of Congress today in virtual Hill Day meetings; Amber Williams, ASTHO’s Senior Vice President of…

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123: Territories Visit Capitol Hill

Feb. 22, 2022

Alex Wheatley, a Senior Analyst on ASTHO’s Territorial Support Team, explains the work Territorial members will do tomorrow during the organization’s annual Hill Day event in Washington, D.C.; Carolyn McCoy, ASTHO’s Senior D…

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122: ASTHO’s New Resiliency Program

Feb. 18, 2022

ASTHO announces a new resiliency program to support the strained public health workforce; Avia Mason, ASTHO’s Vice President of Learning Strategy, outlines the plan for the organization’s Washington Week gathering next week;…

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121: A Focus on Mental Health

Feb. 17, 2022

Elke Shaw-Tulloch, Idaho’s State Health Officer, shares her state’s approach to addressing mental health concerns; ASTHO’s Maggie Davis authors a blog article on legislative efforts impacting mental health; Carolyn McCoy, AS…

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120: Supporting Public Health Authority

Feb. 16, 2022

Margret Cooke, Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health, examines the value of public health authority when responding to a public health emergency; Alison Beam, Pennsylvania’s former acting Secretary of Health, says the …

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119: Is COVID-19 in Retreat?

Feb. 15, 2022

Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, says the COVID-19 virus may be in a welcomed retreat; Dr. Joe Gaugler tells us why organizers of a new conference on dementia caregiving planned for June …

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118: Selling Vaccines to Younger Adults

Feb. 14, 2022

Julie Scofield, Project Director for the Community COVID Coalition, a project of the CDC Foundation, reports on the results of a months-long social media campaign to convince younger adults to get the COVID-19 vaccine; and D…

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117: ASTHO’s New Strategic Plan

Feb. 11, 2022

Zarnaaz Bashir, ASTHO’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, says the organization’s new strategic plan was created during and influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic; Dr. Robert Bourgeois, an occupational and environmental health ex…

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116: Data Modernization Report Card

Feb. 10, 2022

Dr. David Adinaro, New Jersey’s Deputy Commissioner for Public Health, evaluates the state of the nation’s public health data and information infrastructure; Dr. Joseph Gaugler, Director of the BOLD Public Health Center of E…

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115: Cleaning Up Toxic Compounds

Feb. 9, 2022

Alan Roberson, Executive Director of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, explains the growing interest in the risks of PFAS chemicals and the challenges some jurisdictions encounter when they want to do s…

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114: How Federal Agencies Can Work Together

Feb. 8, 2022

Dr. Josh Sharfstein, a former public health official in Maryland and principal deputy commissioner at the FDA from 2009 until 2011, says continued public confusion over testing, booster doses, and medications could be improv…

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113: PH Workforce Recovery

Feb. 7, 2022

Joanne Pearsol, ASTHO’s Director of Workforce Development, explains how states and territories are working to help a weary public health workforce survive the pandemic; and we share details about the 11th annual African Amer…

112: Messaging COVID Vaccines to New Parents

Feb. 4, 2022

Dr. Jose Romero, a pediatrician and Arkansas’ Secretary of Health, says there’s work to be done to prepare for the possibility of a vaccine for infants and toddlers; Dr. Josh Sharfstein, a pediatrician and former health offi…

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111: How to Modernize PH Data

Feb. 3, 2022

Joanne Pearsol, ASTHO’s Director of Workforce Development, says more than 40,000 public health professionals responded to the latest PHWins survey; Dr. Jamie Pina, ASTHO’s Vice President of Public Health Data Modernization, …

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110: Healthy Home Improvements

Feb. 2, 2022

Kristin Ahrens, Deputy Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs, says the pandemic crisis ultimately will make services for people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities stronger; ASTHO’s…