Director, Health Improvement
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
Talyah Sands is the Director of Health Improvement at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). She has a passion for creating health-promoting environments and systems that advance health equity. Currently, she provides capacity building assistance to state and territorial health agencies related to heart disease and stroke prevention, healthy aging, and Healthy People 2030.
Previously, Talyah supported ASTHO’s tobacco control and diabetes portfolio. Before that, she implemented a smoke-free housing program in her home state of Arizona. Talyah is an alumna of the Truth Initiative Youth Activism Fellowship (2014-2015 cohort), a leadership development program to advance activism skills and local efforts in tobacco control. She earned her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Michigan with a concentration in health behavior and health education.