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

Maternal and Child Health Update 2016

Maternal and Child Health Update 2016

Health care costs continue to rise around the country, and so states are looking for ways to reduce spending while improving health outcomes for their higher cost populations. Many states ...

Governors: Future of Health Care Depends on Critical Payments

WASHINGTON—Following the President’s decision to terminate cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, the National Governors Association (NGA) today released the following statement: “Governors have been clear: funding CSR payments is a fundamental responsibility of the ...

Governors to Congress: Resume Bipartisanship

WASHINGTON—Following the Senate’s decision yesterday to move on from a broad health care reform bill, the National Governors Association (NGA) today released the following statement on the need to reauthorize ...

Governors Applaud Bipartisan CHIP Deal, Urge Action

WASHINGTON--Today the National Governors Association (NGA) Health and Human Services Committee (led by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown) released the following statement on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) ...

Governors to Congress: Clock Running Out on CHIP

WASHINGTON—Today the National Governors Association (NGA) Health and Human Services Committee (led by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown) released the following statement on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), ...

Rural Health Learning Collaborative: Improving Access to Behavioral Health Care in Rural Areas

August 9–10, 2017 | Washington, DC The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) Health Division hosted a multi-state convening as part of the Rural Health Learning Collaborative ...

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