Term: The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

Description: Under the history of ASTHO it states that this organization originated in the year of 1879. The organization did not have its current state until March 23, 1942. The ASTHO website states that it is "the national nonprofit organization representing the state and territorial public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia. ASTHO's members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy, and to assuring excellence in state-based public health practice." This organization is based in Arlington, Virginia. They state that their goals are to promote health and to prevent disease. The programs that they are currently involved in are listed in their brochure and include Access to Care, Environmental Health, Infectious Disease, Prevention, Public Health Informatics, Public Health Preparedness, and the State Health Leadership Initiative.

ASTHO cooperates with the following organizations:
Association of Health Facility Survey Agencies
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
Association of Public Health Laboratories
Chronic Disease Directors
Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors
Directors of Health Promotion and Education
Association of State and Territorial Directors of Nursing
Association of State and Territorial Local Health Liaison Officials
Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors
Association of State and Territorial Public Health Social Workers
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems
National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Directors
National Coalition of STD Directors
National Public Health Information Coalition
State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors
State Public Health Vector Control Conference

Web Resources:
ASTHO homepage
ASTHO Brochure
History of ASTHO

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