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
  • Asia Riviere, Policy Analyst
  • Chyenne Tran, Policy Analyst
  • Grace Burns, Policy Coordinator

Projects


NGA Public Health Library

Recognizing Fentanyl Awareness Day

Recognizing Fentanyl Awareness Day

May 7, 2024, is National Fentanyl Awareness Day, which aims to raise awareness of the ongoing overdose crisis along with the dangers of fentanyl and its devastating impact on communities ...
Health Equity Learning Network Kickoff

Health Equity Learning Network Kickoff

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) launched a Health Equity Learning Network to explore policy solutions and ...
Governors’ Health Priorities In 2024 State Of The State Addresses

Governors’ Health Priorities In 2024 State Of The State Addresses

April 1-7 is National Public Health Week 2024. This year’s theme is “Protecting, Connecting and Thriving: We Are All Public Health.”  This holistic approach to public health was certainly evident ...
State Strategies To Address The Impact Of Covid-19 On Maternal And Child Populations: Sustaining Equitable Community Supports

State Strategies To Address The Impact Of Covid-19 On Maternal And Child Populations: Sustaining Equitable Community Supports

This publication explores strategies Governors and state leaders employed to address the long-standing issues associated with equity in MCH populations alongside considerations to continue improving MCH outcomes. (Download) This is ...
Governors Continue to Use Emergency Powers to Address the Drug Overdose Epidemic

Governors Continue to Use Emergency Powers to Address the Drug Overdose Epidemic

Governors continue to take executive action and use emergency powers to respond to the nation’s drug overdose epidemic. Recently, Governors in at least two states have issued emergency orders addressing ...
State Strategies To Address The Impact Of Covid-19 On Maternal And Child Populations: Behavioral Health

State Strategies To Address The Impact Of Covid-19 On Maternal And Child Populations: Behavioral Health

This publication explores strategies Governors and state leaders employed to address the longstanding issues associated with behavioral health among the maternal and child health (MCH) population. (Download) This is the ...
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 ...