Public health leadership can support sexually transmitted disease (STD) programs as they adapt to Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation. ASTHO and CDC convened a meeting in Atlanta on Feb. 12, 2013, that included local, state, and federal public health experts and partners (see Acknowledgements). The meeting was designed to enhance leadership engagement and:
1. Provide an update on STD epidemiology, programs, and policies.
2. Facilitate dialogue between national and state leaders.
3. Exchange innovative ideas to address high priority issues.
4. Identify technical assistance needs and opportunities for leadership engagement.
This effort complements ASTHO’s work on the integration of public health and primary care because STD programs are a case example of public health transformation. During this critical time, important decisions about health and healthcare will happen at the state level. States are transforming at different rates. Cuts in domestic discretionary funding will have an impact, and public health needs to make hard choices. In this meeting report, we outline opportunities for leadership engagement that promote core public health, with case examples specific to STD prevention. The opportunities in this report were identified by meeting presenters and participants and fall under four areas: partnerships, payment, workforce, and surveillance. To view the full report click here.