Share Your Public Health Story

Oct 12, 2011, 12:53 PM, Posted by

In the face of a challenging environment, state and territorial health officials have found a silver lining – innovative approaches are emerging across the country to help people stay safe and healthy. Every day, health officials focus on better quality and efficiency, achieving health equity and establishing a vision for a “new” public health.

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are using this post as a vehicle to capture stories from the front lines that illustrate the creativity, vision and impact of public health. We are particularly interested in stories that would be of value to incoming state health officers – such as anecdotes that illustrate how health departments are overcoming economic constraints. These stories can be thought of as answers – in the form of a comment below – to any of these questions:

  • What was your latest “win” – the one success, large or small, that shows just how important public health is?
  • What is a project or partnership that shows particular promise for improving the health of people in your state/territory?
  • How are you maximizing your resources to meet all of your responsibilities? Is there one specific initiative or lesson learned that you would share with a new health official?
  • How are you working with organizations beyond the traditional public health and health care players, to improve the health of your community?

Please take this opportunity to amplify your voice, as we work collectively to help chart the future of public health.

>> Read full ASTHO 2011 coverage here

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.