Communications Tools for Addressing Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea

Recently, at the STD Prevention Conference, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shared preliminary data indicating that in the past five years, gonorrhea diagnoses have increased by 67 percent—and emerging antibiotic resistance to azithromycin is on the rise.

With support from CDC, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is pleased to share a newly released suite of communication tools designed to help public health leaders and partners communicate about antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea. The tools outline the issue, describe the critical role of public health in stopping the emergence and spread of resistant gonorrhea, and can be adapted to meet the needs of state and local audiences. The resources include:

  • Key Facts for Public Health Leadership: This backgrounder provides an overview of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, why it’s an urgent public health threat, and how public health leaders can take action to prevent the spread of resistant strains in their communities.
  • Talking Points for Public Health Leadership: The key messages and talking points in this guide provide health officials with compelling and concise messages about antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea. Use these talking points when communicating with public health partners, healthcare professionals, consumers, the media, and other audiences.
  • Customizable Slide Deck Template: This template presentation can be used to help public health leaders discuss antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea with a variety of audiences. Customize this presentation with your health department’s logo and information about your jurisdiction’s prevention efforts. Repurpose slides to incorporate messaging about antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea in presentations about broader topics (e.g., infectious diseases, antibiotic resistance). 

ASTHO is interested in gathering feedback and examples of how people are using the materials. This information can be sent directly to Elizabeth Ruebush or provided through the evaluation links at

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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