ARLINGTON, Va., March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)released a new report today that highlights the top five public health issues facing state and territorial health agencies in 2018. The report, Building a Healthier Nation: The State of State and Territorial Public Health, calls on policymakers
"The top five issues identified by state and territorial health officers represent some of today's greatest threats to public health nationwide. However, if we act now, they also present tremendous opportunities to protect and promote health," says Michael Fraser, executive director of ASTHO. "The work of public health spans many communicable and non-communicable diseases, and capacity to support this work requires a skilled workforce and a well-resourced public health infrastructure."
"It is through preparedness, health promotion, and disease prevention activities—the core work of state and territorial health agencies—that we will truly improve our nation's health and realize savings in our healthcare system. It is far more effective to prevent illness than to treat it. Congress and the Administration must work together to provide states and territories with predictable, sustained funding for these population health efforts if we are to see long-term improvements in health and reduced spending on healthcare," says John Wiesman, ASTHO President and secretary of health at the Washington State Department of Health.
The top five priorities featured in ASTHO's report include:
For more information, visit www.astho.org.
Building a Healthier Nation is an overview of state and territorial public health agency priorities intended to help policymakers understand the current capacity of the public health system. Each year, the report frames the opportunities and challenges facing state and territorial governmental public health leaders.
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.
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