Public Health

Governors play an important role in improving health outcomes for their residents. With an emphasis on finding equitable solutions to some of the most pressing public health issues, governors establish partnerships, utilize state resources, and work across multiple sectors and state agencies to develop and promote relationships to improve public health. The Public Health team supports Governors on various public health topics, including public health infrastructure, chronic and infectious diseases, population health, maternal and child health, and rural health. In addition to providing timely and individualized state-focused technical assistance to governors, their health advisors, and state agency leadership, our team is working to aid governors and public health leaders in statewide transformation efforts to build and improve public health through transformation efforts.

Our Focus Areas 

  • Disease Prevention and Management
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Medicaid
  • Population Health
  • Public Health Infrastructure
  • Social Drivers of Health

Meet the Team

  • Brittney Roy, Program Director
  • Michelle LeBlanc, Senior Policy Analyst, Health
  • Asia Riviere, Policy Analyst

Projects


NGA Public Health Library

State Strategies To Address The Impact Of COVID-19 On Maternal And Child Populations: Child Care and COVID-19

State Strategies To Address The Impact Of COVID-19 On Maternal And Child Populations: Child Care and COVID-19

As Governors continue to address the consequences of the pandemic, policymakers and state leaders can consider how to strengthen the role of child care as a tool to support maternal, ...
State Strategies To Address The Impact Of COVID-19 On Maternal And Child Populations: Health And Human Services Workforce

State Strategies To Address The Impact Of COVID-19 On Maternal And Child Populations: Health And Human Services Workforce

This publication is focused on Governors' strategies to address workforce challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Download) This is the second in a series of five publications focused on COVID-19’s ...
State Strategies To Address The Impact Of COVID-19 On Maternal And Child Populations: COVID-19 Response And Recovery

State Strategies To Address The Impact Of COVID-19 On Maternal And Child Populations: COVID-19 Response And Recovery

This publication explores strategies Governors used in their COVID-19 response and ideas for improving future efforts and continued recovery plans. (Download) This is the first in a series of five ...
Type 2 Diabetes Summit for Health Policy Advisors

Type 2 Diabetes Summit for Health Policy Advisors

The most common type of diabetes, type II, impacts over 34 million Americans. Additionally, about 96 million Americans have prediabetes, putting them at high risk of developing type II diabetes ...
Expanding the Role of EMS to Prevent Overdose

Expanding the Role of EMS to Prevent Overdose

During a six-month Learning Collaborative, NGA is supporting five states—Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina, Vermont, and Wisconsin—in their action planning to expand the scope of emergency medical services (EMS) as a ...
Issue Brief: Congenital Syphilis

Issue Brief: Congenital Syphilis

Governors play a crucial role in shaping policies that can effectively address congenital syphilis rates, promoting the health and well-being of mothers and infants across the United States. (Download) Congenital ...
Governors Recognize Suicide Prevention Month  

Governors Recognize Suicide Prevention Month  

Suicide is a leading cause of death and claimed the lives of nearly 50,000 individuals in 2022, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ...
NGA Releases Roadmap for Tackling Drug Overdose Epidemic

NGA Releases Roadmap for Tackling Drug Overdose Epidemic

Roadmap Outlines Strategies Targeting Growing Impact of Fentanyl Washington, DC –The National Governors Association (NGA) released a roadmap to help support Governors and state officials in developing policy solutions to ...
Implementing Best Practices Across the Continuum of Care to Prevent Overdose

Implementing Best Practices Across the Continuum of Care to Prevent Overdose

This Roadmap provides Governors with 17 specific, actionable recommendations to prevent overdose across five pillars of the Substance Use Disorder Continuum of Care: foundations, prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery ...