ASTHO’s podcast series, the Public Health Review, features health officials and public health leadership who are on the front lines of state and territorial public health. The series capitalizes on current public health issues and delivers timely, thoughtful perspectives on the value of public health through the lens of state/territorial health officials and other subject matter experts.
Gratitude Amid Struggle: Celebrating Wins in the COVID-19 Response
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought challenges to communities nationwide, but there is reason for hope: In the face of these struggles, health agencies are seeing real progress that will provide benefits long after the pandemic passes.
In our latest episode, Anne Zink (Chief Medical Officer, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services) and Larry Lewis (licensed psychologist and executive coach) speak on the importance of celebrating “small wins”—tangible stories of progress that can sustain the public health workforce in an otherwise trying time. Listen in to hear what these wins look like and learn how leaders can apply this motivational practice in their own daily work.
Anne Zink, MD, FACEP, Chief Medical Officer, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health
Larry Lewis, PhD, Licensed Psychologist and Independent Executive Coach
Resiliency Guide: The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services CDC: Practicing Gratitude Works
The Importance of Crisis Communications in Public Health
As states continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of crisis communications is vital. How can states provide the public with relevant, timely information? What are the essential elements of a crisis communications response?
In our latest episode, Umair Shah (Director, Washington State Department of Health) and Khalilah LeGrand (Director of Communications, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services) share the latest insights from the field. Hear them discuss lessons learned during the pandemic, strategies public health communications departments can use to connect audiences with resources, and best practices of media relations.
Umair Shah, MD, MPH, Secretary of Health, Washington State Department of Health
Khalilah LeGrand, EdD, Director of Communications, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Washington Department of Health COVID-19 Resources Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Resources CDC Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) Training and Resources
Health Partnerships in Action - Managing COVID-19 at the Southwest Border
On this episode, we dissect concerns at the southwest United States border, where health and governmental officials find themselves managing an extraordinarily complex situation, handling an increase in migration activity during a global pandemic.
Pritesh Gandhi, MD, Chief Medical Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Erica Pan, MD, State Epidemiologist and Deputy Director, Center for Infectious Diseases at the California Department of Public Health, share how community-based partnerships are vital to managing an issue with both public health and national security implications.
Our speakers discuss how leaders at all levels of government ultimately lean on partners at the local level to carry out their missions and what that looks like at the border right now.
Erica Pan, MD, MPH, FAAP, California State Epidemiologist and Deputy Director, Center for Infectious Diseases at the California Department of Public Health
Pritesh Gandhi, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Official California COVID-19 Dashboard Department of Homeland Security Profile: Pritesh Gandhi
Misinformation and the COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign
As the COVID-19 vaccination campaign continues, countering misinformation has become a core public health goal. What approaches are showing promise, and who can public health agencies bring to the table to advance clear and accurate information about vaccines?
In this episode, Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD, ASTHO President and Director, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Joe Smyser, PhD, CEO, The Public Good Projects, share the latest insights from the field.
Tune in to hear about Maine CDC’s social media strategy, learn about existing expertise health agencies can leverage to counter misinformation, and stay up to date with challenges at the intersection of traditional media, social media, and health information.
Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD, ASTHO President and Director, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Joe Smyser, PhD, CEO, The Public Good Projects
Maine CDC’s #VaccineAnswersforMe video campaign The Public Good Projects Project VCTR First Draft News Stanford Internet Observatory
Prevention for the Next Generation - Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences, Suicide, and Overdose
With the pandemic upending social interaction, youth mental health is an increasingly important issue. State and territorial health agencies and community partners play a role in advancing prevention at the intersection of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)s, overdose, and suicide--strengthening equity in these efforts by addressing root causes and shared risk and protective factors.
Today’s guests discuss why understanding the intersection of suicide, overdose, and ACEs is critical to helping individuals live happy and healthy lives. It also focuses on the importance of connecting community needs, implementing awareness campaigns, and addressing stigma to reduce health disparities.
Rachael Banks, Oregon Health Authority in the Division of Public Health, Director Jessica Kroeker, Trauma Matters Omaha, Initiative Coordinator Resources:
Maternal and Child Health Public Health Nurse Home Visiting Programs (Oregon Health Authority) Maternal and Child Health Title V Block Grant (Oregon Health Authority) Climate Change and Public Health (Oregon Health Authority) Healthier Together Oregon Trauma Matters Omaha Trauma-Informed Interviewing with Project Harmony Project Harmony The Kim Foundation
BONUS: Fighting the Next COVID-19 Wave
In this bonus episode, we hear from three leading state public health officials about the latest national and state response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their comments are taken from a virtual news conference with national journalists held Thursday, July 29, 2021.
During the event hosted by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Dr. Nirav Shah (Maine), Dr. Karyl Rattay (Delaware), and Dr. Joseph Kanter (Louisiana), discuss the latest issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic – mask guidance, back to school issues, and the surging Delta variant.
Listen to the full briefing here.
Nirav Shah, MD, JD, Director, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and ASTHO President. Karyl Rattay, MD, MS, Director, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health Joseph Kanter, MD, MPH, State Health Officer, Louisiana Department of Health
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