Healthcare Delivery

Governors know that improving the health of citizens is not only essential to ensuring they live productive lives, but also to controlling health care costs and balancing budgets; as a result, states are leading on a wide array of health reform initiatives.

Governors are focused on finding ways to pay for and deliver care that will lead to improved quality, better outcomes and lower costs in their states. To support these priorities, NGA provides information, research synthesis, policy analysis, technical assistance, special projects, and resources to Governors and their staff on healthcare delivery topics including: Healthcare workforce; Long-term care and older adults; Healthcare and pharmaceutical cost and coverage; Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma informed care; Health equity. NGA also provides special opportunities for states to engage in more in-depth technical assistance such as through policy academies, learning collaboratives, workshops, and roundtables on these topics.

Services Available

  • Strategic planning facilitation and best practice guidance on healthcare delivery topics or initiatives
  • Strategic guidance, feedback and meeting facilitation support to Governor-appointed healthcare workforce, health equity, trauma, and insurance boards or commissions
  • Annual HHS Advisors Institute for state leaders on emerging healthcare delivery issues
  • Regular communications and briefings to health policy advisors on healthcare delivery topics
  • Customized research briefs and best practice presentations upon request

Program Contact:

  • Anna Heard, Senior Policy Analyst, Health
  • Chyenne Tran, Policy Analyst
  • Grace Burns, Policy Coordinator

Focus Areas

Featured Projects

Next Generation of the Healthcare Workforce Project Year 3 – Policy Academy and Knowledge Exchange Network

NGA launched the Next Generation of the Healthcare Workforce project in 2022 with support from HRSA. The project supports Governors’ offices and other senior state officials in implementing strategies to strengthen and grow the next generation of the healthcare workforce. Year three of this project will focus on a policy academy and learning network to lay the foundation for new initiatives, funding opportunities, or administrative policies for improving healthcare workforce.

Health Equity Learning Network

In 2023, the NGA Center convened states to discuss approaches and communication strategies regarding health equity. In 2024, the NGA Center will facilitate a learning network of states and territories interested in advancing their health equity goals.

Healthcare Delivery Library

CHIP Reauthorization

The Honorable Orrin Hatch Chairman Senate Committee on Finance Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Ron Wyden Ranking Member Senate Committee on Finance Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Greg Walden Chairman ...

NGA Reacts to AHCA Passage, Urges Congress to Seek Governors’ Input

The bipartisan National Governors Association (NGA) released the following statement today on the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017: “Governors share Congress’ goal of fostering a ...

Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSR)

The Honorable Paul Ryan Speaker U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority ...

States Expand Opioid Addiction Treatment in Drug Courts, Corrections

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that eight states—Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington—will participate in a learning lab to develop and implement strategies to expand ...

Integrating Population Health into State-Wide System Transformation: A Road Map for States

States are working to improve health, improve quality of care and reduce costs through multiple initiatives, including State Innovation Model grants. As states work to align these health care initiatives, ...

States Improve Access to High-Quality Health Care in Rural America

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that seven states—Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota and Pennsylvania—will participate in a learning collaborative through which they will identify and implement ...

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