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Division Director
Frederick Isasi | profile
Program Director
Carol Backstrom | profile
Program Director
Jason Hsieh | profile
Program Director
Esther Krofah | profile
Program Director
Sandra Wilkniss | profile
Senior Policy Analyst
Kelly Murphy | profile
Senior Policy Analyst
Nick Reale | profile

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Health Division


May 12, 2014

The National Governors Association today announced the selection of seven states—Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Wisconsin—to develop and implement statewide plans for their health care workforce.

January 06, 2014

The Role of Dental Hygienists in Providing Access to Oral Health Care summarizes various policies governing the role of dental hygienists and examines alternative models and practices from states.


The NGA Center for Best Practices Health Division provides information, research, policy analysis, technical assistance and resource development for governors and their staff across a range of policy issues. The health division covers issues in the areas of health care service delivery and reform, including payment reform, health workforce planning, quality improvement, and public health and behavioral health integration within the medical delivery system. Other focus areas include Medicaid cost containment, state employee and retiree health benefits, maternal and child health, prescription drug abuse prevention and health insurance exchange planning.

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