Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting


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The ASTHO Annual Meeting is held each year to discuss emergent issues in state and territorial public health, share best practices for creating optimal health, and offer important networking opportunities for ASTHO members, funders, key governmental partners, and other public health stakeholders. This year marks ASTHO’s 75th Anniversary, the theme "Celebrating the Power of State and Territorial Public Health will honor decades of progress in governmental public health and inspire new ideas for addressing future public health challenges with sessions on the opioid epidemic, early brain development, telehealth, and creating a culture of health.

Please see Michael Fraser's letter regarding the unfortunate scheduling of the annual meeting during the Jewish New Year festival of Rosh Hashanah. For those looking to attend a service, please view the schedule of services taking place at the Washington Hebrew Congregation. 

Top Ten Reasons Why You Do Not Want to Miss This Year's Annual Meeting:

❶  Celebrate Our 75th Anniversary

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) was incorporated on March 23, 1942 and remains a strong voice in today’s governmental public health system. Now celebrating its 75th anniversary, ASTHO helps its members provide vital services for their communities to prevent diseases and protect public health within states and territories.

❷  Engage with Nationally-Recognized Public Health Leaders

Listen as keynote speakers offer fresh perspectives and ideas related to early brain development, addiction science, telehealth, and creating a culture of health.

Featured keynotes include:

  • Sanjeev Arora, MD, Director, Project ECHO
  • Richard Besser, MD, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, ASTHO Alumni Society Member (Georgia)
  • Este Geraghty, MD, ESRI’s Chief Medical Officer and Health Solutions Director
  • Andrew Gurman, MD, Past President, American Medical Association
  • Anna Lembke, MD, Author of Drug Dealer, MD
  • Nirav Shah, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President and COO for Clinical Operations, Kaiser Permanente-Southern California
  • Jack Shonkoff, MD, Director, Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child

❸  Learn About the ASTHO President’s Challenge…

The President’s Challenge was first launched in 2009 by then-ASTHO President Judy Monroe, MD. It provides a timely topical focus for public health policy and practice. Since then, each ASTHO president has selected a challenge on topics such as health equity, injury prevention, infant mortality, healthy aging, and integration of public health and primary care.

The 2017 President’s Challenge, issued by ASTHO President Jay Butler, MD, urges public health leaders to adopt broad, multisector approaches to prevent substance misuse and addictions.

❹  …And Be the First to Know About ASTHO's New Strategy for Responding to the Nation’s Opioid Crisis

During the annual meeting, ASTHO will unveil a framework for state and territorial health agencies to lead across government to organize resources within and across jurisdictions, engage in strategic conversations, and strengthen comprehensive response plans that promote multiprogram, government-wide approaches to combating opioid misuse and abuse.

❺  Be Our Guest at the 75th Anniversary Gala

Dress to impress! Before the annual meeting kicks off, you’re invited to a special gala and awards ceremony honoring public health champions and visionaries. Enjoy a plated dinner, cash bar, and live entertainment! Recipients of ASTHO’s 2017 Excellence in Public Health Awards, Presidential Meritorious Service Award, Legislative Champion Awards, and the de Beaumont PH WINS Model Practices and Policies Challenge winners will be announced during this event.

❻  Explore the Nation’s Capital

Join us at the Capital Hilton—in the heart of Washington, D.C.—for this year’s annual meeting and gala. Along with some of our nation’s most influential leaders, take advantage of this opportunity to explore a city that boasts national landmarks, vibrant neighborhoods, world-class museums, and an exceptional culinary scene.

❼  Network with Dedicated Public Health Professionals

The annual meeting offers important networking opportunities for ASTHO members, funders, key governmental partners, and other public health stakeholders. Throughout the meeting, there will be opportunities to meet new people, share strategies, and discuss the latest public health trends and issues.

❽  Get to Know ASTHO’s Staff

Meet ASTHO’s subject matter experts and learn about new programmatic initiatives and upcoming events. ASTHO staff will be available throughout the meeting to assist attendees.

❾  Interact with ASTHO Alumni and Affiliates

ASTHO works closely with its Alumni Society, a group that supports former state and territorial health officials and provides opportunities for continued involvement with ASTHO on national public health issues. Similarly, the 21-member Affiliate Council is a standing committee whose membership includes the presidents or executive directors of each affiliated organization. Together, alumni and affiliates play a pivotal role in supporting state and territorial public health leaders and in shaping responses to national issues through advocacy. The annual meeting features special activities and networking opportunities tailored to these groups.

❿  Gain Inspiration and New Ideas

Learn about innovative governmental public health programs from our nation’s chief health strategists. ASTHO will also showcase submissions from its “75 Days, 75 Ways” Public Health Successes Campaign—a digital postcard campaign with highlights, stories, and photos that illustrate state and territorial public health in action!