Public Health

As the chief executive officers of their states, Governors oversee public health departments and initiatives across multiple agencies aimed at improving health at the population level. The NGA Center supports Governors on a variety of public health topics including maternal and child health and prescription drug abuse, in addition to providing a range of technical assistance on other issues of importance to the nation’s Governors. In addition, we are working to bring public health leaders into statewide transformation efforts as well as to build financial linkages to support public health resources through transformation efforts.

State of the States 2022

State of the States 2022

Governors of states, territories and commonwealths are outlining their priorities for 2022 in state of the state or commonwealth addresses, as well as inaugural addresses for new and re-elected Governors ...
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COVID-19 Vaccines for Children: Exploring Immunization Strategies for Individuals Under 12

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children: Exploring Immunization Strategies for Individuals Under 12

Governors have employed system-wide approaches and innovative procedures to protect health during the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper looks at ways to position the COVID-19 children's vaccine response to ensure equitable ...
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Building State Capacity to Facilitate Equitable Access to Testing and Treatment for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STDs and TB

Building State Capacity to Facilitate Equitable Access to Testing and Treatment for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STDs and TB

This paper includes considerations and approaches to promote equity and improve public health capacity to prevent, detect and respond to HIV, viral hepatitis, STDs and TB during the public health ...
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Equity and Policy Preparedness During Public Health Emergencies

Equity and Policy Preparedness During Public Health Emergencies

Emergencies, by definition, occur suddenly and without warning. Whether the situation involves an infectious disease like the current COVID-19 pandemic—or a natural disaster like the brutal hurricanes of recent years—these ...
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National Governors Association Asks Congress to Swiftly Pass Funding Package

National Governors Association Asks Congress to Swiftly Pass Funding Package

Today, National Governors Association (NGA) Chairman Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas and Vice Chairman Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey called on Congress to swiftly pass a federal funding measure ...
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Modernizing Immunization Information Systems

Modernizing Immunization Information Systems

This issue brief outlines key priorities and considerations for modernizing Immunization Information Systems, including leveraging federal funding available to support these efforts. (Download) Governors are responsible for making strategic decisions ...
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Letter on Canadian - U.S. Border Restrictions

Letter on Canadian – U.S. Border Restrictions

At this point in the nation’s work to get the economy back on track, it is imperative that the federal government work more closely and transparently with us and our ...
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State Strategies to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes and Manage Diabetes

State Strategies to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes and Manage Diabetes

This issue brief includes key considerations regarding state strategies to address type 2 diabetes prevention and diabetes management. (View/Download) Introduction More than 34 million people in the United States—1 in ...
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COVID-19 Impacts on Justice-Involved Kids:  Lessons Learned from States

COVID-19 Impacts on Justice-Involved Kids: Lessons Learned from States

This issue brief highlights lessons learned and several overarching strategies from 2020 COVID-19 pandemic response efforts that Governor’s offices and state officials can utilize to address this pandemic within the ...
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COVID-19 Vaccines and Emerging Viral Variants

COVID-19 Vaccines and Emerging Viral Variants

The brief addresses the effectiveness of existing and upcoming vaccines against emerging COVID-19 viral variants and provides considerations for Governors. (View/Download) Introduction Vaccines are critical tools that can reduce COVID-19 ...
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