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The Council of State Governments sponsors this Web site on state health policies. Click on Public Health Issues at left for resources and publications on more than 20 population health topics.  

Webinar: NEW!!

"Know Your Status" -- States and Communities Fight STDs and HIV 

2009 Meetings

Reducing Disparities in HIV, STDs & Teen Pregnancy 

Recent Releases:

2009 State Law Report NEW!!

State Policies to Reduce Disparities NEW!!

State Facts: HIV/AIDS  NEW!!

State Facts: Adolescent Sexual Health  NEW!!

Women's Sexual Health Disparities

STD, HIV & Teen Pregnancy in Youth

State News: Communities help HIV/AIDS patients prevent transmission


State News: Texting sexual health education for teens 


Mental Health Parity Trends

Campus Violence & Mental Health

Medicaid 101

Using Research in Policymaking

Prescription Drug Overdoses

HIV & Teen Pregnancy Prevention in the South 

Preventing STDs, HIV & Pregnancy in Youth 


STATE PROFILES: STD, HIV & Teen Pregnancy Prevention  NEW!!


South: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

Midwest: IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI

West:  AK, AZ,CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY

East:  CT,  DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, PR, RI, VT


STATES RESPOND TO H1N1 FLU (Swine Flu) is a one-stop Web site for federal information on seasonal and pandemic flu activities. The broad national response to H1N1 flu includes encouraging people to follow good hygiene to avoid infection and to be vaccinated. For more information, see:

  • Q&A and PowerPoint about the H1N1flu and how to protect yourself and your family, federal government preparations and the role of vaccines in preventing spread of the flu. includes checklists for state and local governments, communities, individuals, businesses, work places and schools.
  • School closing decision tools for local school districts to use during the 2009-2010 school year, depending on the severity of flu conditions in each community. 
  • New guidelines for businesses to prepare for the possible impact of the flu on their employees this fall.
  • Diagnostic tests for H1N1 flu are being developed and vaccines to prevent H1N1 infection are being distributed. 
  • The groups that should receive the vaccine first have been identified by expert advisors to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These include including pregnant women, children 6 months through 4 years of age, children 5 through 18 years of age who have chronic medical conditions, and those who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age or are medical services workers with direct patient contact. The elderly over age 65 should receive the seasonal flu vaccine as early as possible this year.
  • Each state’s program preparations for seasonal and H1N1 flu, including the share of the $350 million grants to states and hospitals for pandemic flu planning and preparation released by the CDC in July. All states have antiviral drugs and supplies from the strategic national stockpile.
  • Flu maps indicate the geographic spread of influenza in the U.S.  
  • The World Health Organization, which coordinates the global response, and the Pan American Health Organization provide updates on the spread of the H1N1 flu internationally.




Workshop:  Preventing STDs, HIV & Teen Pregnancy -- Reducing Health Disparities

To view all publications, click here.


STD, HIV & Teen Pregnancy Prevention

2009 State Legislation Report  NEW!!

Priority State Policies to Reduce Disparities NEW!!

State Facts: HIV/AIDS  NEW!!

State Facts: Adolescent Sexual Health  NEW!!

State Policy Profiles NEW!!

South: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OK, SCTN, TX, VA, WV

Midwest: IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, NE, NDOH, SD, WI

West:  AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY

East:  CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, PR, RI, VT 


Women's Sexual Health Disparities Brief NEW!!

STDs, HIV and Pregancy in Youth Brief NEW!!


State News: Communities help HIV/AIDS patients prevent transmission NEW!!


State News: Texting sexual health education for teens NEW!!


Making HIV Testing Routine Brief

State Laws: 2009, 2008 STD, HIV and Teen Pregnancy Prevention


State Health Policy Guides

Medicaid 101: A Primer for State Legislators

Using Research in Public Health Policymaking


Reducing Health Risks

Preventing Tooth Decay (TP)

Promoting Improved Oral Health (LPB)

Improving Health Through Better Nutrition (LPB)

States Maximize Prevention Efforts (TP)


Preventing & Managing Diseases

Mental Health Parity (Trends)

Building Prevention into Health Care (TP)

Cognitive Impairment & Alzheimer's Disease (TP) 

Health Equity in States & Communities (TP); (LPB)

Keeping People With Diabetes Healthy (TP); (LPB)


TP= Talking Points      LPB=Legislator Policy Brief



The CSG, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is completing a series of publications and educational sessions on effective policies to prevent and control sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS and teen pregnancy. Click here for more information. 



Deaths from prescription drug overdoses have increased to the point where they exceed deaths from heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs combined, and most are accidental.   State programs gaining more importance as tools to combat this epidemic are prescription drug monitoring programs and drug courts.  "Accidental Overdoses from Legal Drugs" in CSG's State News magazine highlights these state programs. 

  • Click here for more resources
  • Review 38 state authorizing laws for prescription drug monitoring programs and other resources from the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws
  • Find a list of drug courts by state and county
  • Consider policy responses to reduce prescription drug overdoses recommended by State Health agencies
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