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


NGA Public Health Library

NGA Health to Assist 5 States on Addressing Infectious Diseases Related to Substance Use

The National Governors Association Health Division (NGA Health) will be working with five states -- Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Nevada and Tennessee -- on a learning lab highlighting best practices around ...

Public Health Preparedness and Response Workshop for State and Territorial Gubernatorial and Legislative Leaders

Phoenix | June 25-26, 2019 From June 25-26, NGA welcomed teams from Minnesota, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Washington and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to this year's Public Health Preparedness ...

States Pursue Strategies to Address Infectious Disease Related to the Opioid Epidemic

Priorities Include Expanding Access to Syringe Services Programs and Using Data to Target High-Risk Communities With viral infections attributable to injection drug use on the rise, the National Governors Association ...

Addressing the Infectious Disease Consequences of the Opioid Epidemic

Governors are at the forefront of efforts to curb the opioid epidemic and related challenges, including increased transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and other blood-borne ...

State Strategies for Averting Early Deaths

Death by suicide is a complex individual, relational and public health problem. The incidence of such deaths over the past two decades has increased nearly 30%, with half of states ...

Emerging Trends in the Evolving Opioid Epidemic

While the opioid overdose epidemic justifiably dominates national and state-level headlines, a significant issue is re-emerging for governors and policymakers across the country: cocaine, methamphetamine (meth) and stimulants are inflicting ...

Opioid Reference Guide for New Administrations

Developed by the NGA Center through a survey and extensive consultation with senior state officials and other national experts, our new opioid "Reference Guide for New Administrations" highlights key questions, ...

NGA Opioid Summit for New Administrations

Washington, DC | April 8-9, 2019 AGENDA From April 8-9. NGA hosted the Opioid Summit for New Administrations in Washington, D.C. Public health and public safety officials from 33 states ...

Improving the Health and Well-Being of the Nation’s Aging Population: Considerations for Governors

As the primary payer for long-term services and supports (LTSS), state Medicaid programs provide care for millions of older Americans and individuals with disabilities, which is currently unavailable or unaffordable ...