NGA CENTER FOR BEST PRACTICES

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Resources To Support Governors’ Advisors With Tracking IIJA Programs

Resources To Support Governors’ Advisors With Tracking IIJA Programs

To further support IIJA implementation, the NGA has recently launched an updated version of its IIJA Program Tracker, which is a key feature of the IIJA resources page. By Glenn ...
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What Inflation Means for States and Territories: A Two-Part Briefing Series

What Inflation Means for States and Territories: A Two-Part Briefing Series

With inflation grabbing headlines and putting a financial squeeze on many households in recent months, the National Governors Association hosted a two-part briefing series for Governors’ staff and state and ...
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Advancing Economic Mobility for Low-Income Families: Policy Options for Governors

Advancing Economic Mobility for Low-Income Families: Policy Options for Governors

As we look to post-pandemic recovery, it will be critical to ensure that individuals have access to resources and supports that not only help them meet basic needs but also ...
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Modernizing the U.S. public health system

Modernizing the U.S. public health system

Public Health infrastructure is the system that supports the planning, delivery and evaluation of the 10 public health essential services. The COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the importance of a robust public ...
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STRENGTHENING YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

The United States faces a nationwide youth mental health crisis. The roots of this crisis existed before COVID-19, but the pandemic has both exacerbated and highlighted the scope of the challenges in addressing this issue. The time is right and the need has never been more apparent to discuss proven and innovative solutions for states.

Governor Phil Murphy’s 2022-2023 Chair’s Initiative will focus on four key pillars to address youth mental health:

  • Addressing Prevention And Resilience Building
  • Increasing Awareness And Reducing Stigma
  • Insuring Access And Affordability Of Quality Treatment And Care
  • Training And Supporting Caregivers And Teachers

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Opportunities For Cybersecurity Investment In The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment And Jobs Act

Opportunities For Cybersecurity Investment In The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment And Jobs Act

In an increasingly modernized and interconnected world, the cybersecurity risk continues to grow, and our nation’s infrastructure is not impervious ...
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Nutrition for health

State Strategies on Preventing and Managing Type 2 Diabetes: A State Playbook

This paper looks at comprehensive local and state programs that can assist people with diabetes who may have low-incomes, be ...
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2022 Institute for State Criminal Justice and Public Safety Executives

2022 Institute for State Criminal Justice and Public Safety Executives

The 2022 Institute for State Criminal Justice and Public Safety Executives was held on August 16-17th in Annapolis, Maryland. Hosted ...
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Supporting and Sustaining Access to Harm Reduction Services for People Who Use Drugs

Supporting and Sustaining Access to Harm Reduction Services for People Who Use Drugs

Harm reduction approaches are focused on minimizing the health, social and economic effects of drug use, including infectious disease spread ...
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State Efforts to Address ACEs and Trauma and Build Resilience

State Efforts to Address ACEs and Trauma and Build Resilience

States are working to prevent and mitigate ACEs and trauma, and have an opportunity to advance trauma-informed care with the ...
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Behavioral Health Equity for All Communities: Policy Solutions to Advance Equity Across the Crisis Continuum

Behavioral Health Equity for All Communities: Policy Solutions to Advance Equity Across the Crisis Continuum

As a point of interception, equitable crisis response provides an opportunity to disrupt a cycle that has perpetuated longstanding challenges ...
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State Business Regulation

State Business Regulation

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices partnered with The Pew Charitable Trusts to support states in exploring ways ...
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Governors Meet with Dolly Parton at the NGA Summer Meeting

Governors Meet with Dolly Parton at the NGA Summer Meeting

Governors met with Dolly Parton for a discussion about early child literacy efforts, including Parton’s Imagination Library program that mails ...
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Governor Murphy Introduces Chair’s Initiative: Strengthening Youth Mental Health Care

Governor Murphy Introduces Chair’s Initiative: Strengthening Youth Mental Health Care

At the closing session of NGA’s Summer Meeting 2022, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy accepted the NGA Chair’s gavel from ...
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Governors Focus on the Recovery of Travel and Tourism at the NGA Summer Meeting

Governors Focus on the Recovery of Travel and Tourism at the NGA Summer Meeting

A look at the discussion Governors had with travel and tourism industry leaders regarding the industry’s impact on economic activity ...
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Improving Student, Family and School Staff Well-Being

Improving Student, Family and School Staff Well-Being

NGA worked with a bipartisan group of six Governors’ offices to address the well-being of students and school staff during ...
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K-12 Computer Science Education – NGA 2022 Summer Meeting

K-12 Computer Science Education – NGA 2022 Summer Meeting

Outgoing NGA Chairman Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson opened the NGA Summer Meeting with an overview of his 2021-2022 Chairman’s Initiative to ...
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