Right from the Start

"Right from the Start" provides curated materials and insights from experienced current and former State and Territorial Health Officials (STHOs) in an effort to help newly appointed STHOs begin their positions successfully.

Michael Fraser

Chief Executive Officer of ASTHO

Michael Fraser, PhD MS CAE, is Chief Executive Officer of ASTHO, located in Arlington, VA.

Nicole Alexander-Scott

ASTHO President

Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD MPH, is ASTHO’s President and Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health in Providence, RI.

Paul Halverson

ASTHO Alumni

Paul Halverson, DrPH, is Founding Dean of the Fairbanks School of Public Health and Indiana University Perdue University Indianapolis and former State Health Official in Arkansas.

Karen Remley

ASTHO Alumni

Karen Remley, MD MBA, is Senior Fellow at the de Beaumont Foundation, former CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and former Commissioner of Health for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Rachel Levine

Secretary of Health, PA

Rachel Levine, MD, is the Secretary of Health in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to being appointed Secretary, she served as the state’s Physician General.

Janet Olszewski

Fellow

Janet Olszewski, MSW, is a Fellow at the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Prior to joining the Fund she served in various capacities as a health care executive and is a former state health official for Michigan.

Danny Staley

Chief, Caribbean Operations, ASTHO

Danny Staley, MPH, is the Chief of Caribbean Operations for ASTHO. Prior to joining ASTHO he was the state health officer for North Carolina.

Hemi Tewarson

Division Director, Health

Hemi Tewarson, JD MPH, is the Director of the Health Division of the Center for Best Practices at the National Governors Association.

Tim Kaine

US Senator & Former Governor

Tim Kaine is the former governor of Virginia and currently serves as a Senator from Virginia in the US Congress.

Kate Blackman

Director, Health Program

Kate Blackman, MSW MPH,  is Director of the Health Program at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Ed Ehlinger

ASTHO Alumni (MN)

Ed Ehlinger, MD MSPH, is a member of the ASTHO Alumni Society and former Commissioner of Health in the state of Minnesota.

Julia Caplan

Project Director

Julia Caplan, MPP MPH, is Program Director for the Health in All Policies Task Force in Sacramento, CA.

Deb Fournier

Senior Director

Deb Fournier, JD, is Senior Director for Clinic to Community Connections at ASTHO and is the former Medicaid Director for the state of New Hampshire.

Sheila Hogan

Director

Sheila Hogan is the Director of the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, a “super-agency” that includes public health, Medicaid, behavioral health, and social services agencies.

Lynn Fick-Cooper

Managing Director

Lynn Fick-Cooper is the Managing Director for Societal Advancement at the Center for Creative Leadership.

Tracy Dolan

Deputy Commissioner of Health

Tracy Dolan, MS, is Deputy Commissioner of Health in the state of Vermont. She has worked in public health for almost 20 years, starting her career in northern Canada.

Jacqueline Watson

Chief of Staff


Dr. Jacqueline Watson, DO, MBA, is Chief of Staff to the Director of Health at the District of Columbia Department of Health. She has worked in various capacities as a health care executive including Executive Director of the Board of Medicine and Board of Chiropractic in the District of Columbia.

Traci Berreth

Chief, Bureau of PH Operations

Traci Berreth, PhD MPH, leads the Idaho Public Health Division’s accreditation efforts, strategic planning, workforce development, and policy development and its federal compliance, communication, and general business operations, including budget oversight.

Ed Baker

Assistant US Surgeon General (ret.)

Ed Baker, Jr., MD MPH, is a former Assistant Surgeon General and adjunct faculty at Harvard University, Indiana University, and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He previously directed the CDC’s Public Health Practice Program Office.

Tista Ghosh

State Health Officer, Colorado

Tista Ghosh, MD MPH, is Acting Health Officer and Chief Medical Officer for the state of Colorado. She is a physician trained in both internal and preventive medicine.

Avia Mason

Senior Director, Leadership & Meetings

Avia Mason, MPH, is Senior Director of Leadership & Meetings at ASTHO. Prior to joining the ASTHO staff she was with the Public Health Institute at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health.

Jose Montero

Center Director

Jose Montero, MD MHCDS, is Director of the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support at the CDC. He is also former state health officer for New Hampshire where he also served as State Epidemiologist.

John Weisman

Secretary of Health, Washington State

John Wiesman, DrPH MPH, is the Secretary of Health in Washington State. Prior to serving as Secretary, John worked at the local level serving as Health Director for local health departments in Washington and Connecticut.

John Davidoff

Chief Mission Driver

John Davidoff is Founder and Chief Mission Driver of Davidoff Strategies. He has over 35 years working in the field of corporate strategy and  planning. He founded Davidoff Strategies in 2005.

Marissa Levine

Professor, Univ. of South Florida

Marissa Levine, MD MPH FAACP, is a Professor at the University of South Florida College of Public Health and former Commissioner of Health for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Norman Oliver

Commissioner of Health

Norman Oliver, MD MA, is the Commissioner of Health in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to being appointed Commissioner he served as Deputy Commissioner for Population Health in Virginia's Department of Health.

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Module 1: Preparation and First Day Strategies
Module 1, Video 1A. Introduction and Welcome with Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott.
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Open to view video. In the first video of the Right From the Start course, Mike Fraser introduces the course, with an overview, a look at available resources, and a welcome statement from ASTHO President Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott. This module contains three videos and supporting materials.
Starting Out Right (Fraser)
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Preventing Leader Derailment (Baker)
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Module 1, Video 1B. STHO Success Factors with Dr, Paul Halverson.
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Open to view video. STHO Success Factors with Dr. Paul Halverson.
Module 1, Video 1C. Focus on the First Days with Dr. Karen Remley.
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Open to view video. Focus on the First Days with Dr. Karen Remley.
Jumpstart Your Success (Remley)
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Karen Remley: Jumpstart Presentation
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Open to view video. Karen Remley and Mike Fraser discuss Dr. Remley's "Jumpstart your Success" checklist. (29 min).
Ten Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me (Frieden)
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First Days Guide (ASTHO)
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The First 6 Months (Ruiz, Baker)
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Defining Success for State Health Officials | The SHO-CASE Study
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Open to view video. The SHO-CASE Study Participants define success for State Health Officials.
Module 2: Managing Up
Module 2, Video 2A. Working with Your Governor.
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Open to view video. In the first video of Right From the Start's second module, Mike Fraser introduces "Managing Up" strategies. Dr. Rachel Levine and Janet Olszewski will discuss working with your Governor and their team. This module contains four videos.
Module 2, Video 2B. Working with HHS and Working with the NGA.
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Open to view video. In this video, ASTHO's Danny Staley discusses working with your HHS secretary. Then, Hemi Tewarson talks about working with the National Governor's Association.
Module 2, Video 2C. Working Together with Sen Tim Kaine.
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Open to view video. This video includes a conversation between former Virginia Governor Senator Tim Kaine and Karen Remley.
Module 2, Video 2D. The SBAR Model and Working with State Legislators.
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Open to view video. Karen Remley explains the SBAR Model for sharing information with your governor or secretary, and Kate Blackman discusses working with your state legislators.
Module 2, Video 2E. Guiding Principles and Best Practices for Working With Elected Officials | The SHO-CASE Study
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Open to view video. As part of The SHO-CASE Study, current and former State Health Officials talk with Dr. Ed Baker and Dr. Hugh Tilson to share their guiding principles and best practices for working with elected officials.
Module 3: Managing Across
Module 3, Video 3A. Health in All Policies and Working with Medicaid
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Open to view video. Mike Fraser talks with Ed Ehlinger, Julia Caplan, and Deb Fournier
Module 3, Video 3B. Boundary Spanning Leadership
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Open to view video. Mike Fraser talks with Lynn Fick-Cooper and Sheila Hogan
CDC's 6|18 Initiative
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Boundary Spanning Leadership (Yip, Ernst, Campbell)
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Module 3, Video 3C. Greatest Challenge as a State Health Official: Part 1
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Open to view video. Current and former State Health Officials talk with Dr. Ed Baker and Dr. Hugh Tilson about their greatest challenges as a SHO and how they addressed it.
Module 3 Web Resources
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Module 4: Leading Up, Down and Across
Module 4, Video 4A. Your Senior Team.
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Module 4, Video 4B. Leading Versus Managing and Working Together
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Open to view video. Insight from Ed Baker and Tista Ghosh.
Module 4, Video 4C. Why Feedback Is Important and How to Share It
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Open to view video. Presentation by Avia Mason of ASTHO.
Leadership and Management (Baker)
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Leading the Team You Inherit (Watkins)
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Module 4 Web Resources
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Open to download resource.
Module 5: Think Strategically
Module 5, Video 5A. Think Strategically
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Open to view video. Mike Fraser talks with Jose Montero.
Module 5, Video 5B. Strategic Planning
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Open to view video. Mike Fraser talks with John Wiesman.
Module 5, Video 5C. Mission Driven Strategy
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Open to view video. Mike Fraser talks with John Davidoff
Beyond the Status Quo (Fraser, Castrucci)
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Strategic Planning Guide
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Module 5 Web Resources
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Module 6: Manage Yourself
Module 6, Video 6A. Manage Yourself
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Open to view video. Manage Yourself
Module 6, Video 6B. Managing Self with Marissa Levine
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Open to view video.
Module 6, Video 6C. Managing Self with Norman Oliver
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Open to view video.
Module 6, Video 6D. Avoiding Burnout and Conclusion
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Open to view video.
16 Cognitive Biases (Pindler)
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Decision-Making Styles Guide
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Four Decision-Making Styles (Stoner)
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Module 6 Web Resources
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