Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) - Climate Change Collaborative
ASTHO formed the Climate Change Collaborative (CCC) to help state and territorial health agencies (STHAs) prepare for, mitigate and react to the effects of climate change.
Utilizing representatives across multiple disciplines, the CCC helps STHAs: 1) develop strategies and recommendations to enable STHAs to attain the capacity to confront the public health challenges associated with climate change; 2) research, compile, develop, enhance, critique and disseminate promising practices, success stories, tools and information to support policy and programs as they relate to climate change; 3) increase the cohesion and coordination of the different aspects and disciplines within STHAs to enable a comprehensive and integrated approach to tackling climate change; and CCC provides STHAs with technical assistance.
ASTHO also provides educational materials on their site for practitioners and policy makers, including webinars, publications and links to other relevant organizations.
ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia, as well as the 120,000 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 assuring excellence in state-based public health practice.
ASTHO staff work also with members to formulate and present public health positions and recommendations to the Congress, the Administration, and other national organizations.
ASTHO engages the expertise of a formally linked network of organizations dedicated to the concerns of state/territorial health departments. There are currently 20 affiliated organizations representing directors of divisions within state/territorial health departments. These associations function independently, yet cooperatively with ASTHO to develop and promote sound public health policy.