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.

Testimony – Ebola Outbreak

The National Governors Association appreciates the opportunity to comment on the nation's efforts to combat Ebola. States play a critical role in these efforts as the first line of defense ...
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The Role of Physician Assistants in Health Care Delivery

The Role of Physician Assistants in Health Care Delivery

This issue brief describes the role of PAs in the U.S. health care system and barriers that may prevent PAs from being used to maximum effect. The brief concludes with ...
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Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse: Lessons Learned from an NGA Policy Academy

As part of the National Governors Association’s (NGA) ongoing effort to help states reduce prescription drug abuse, findings from the Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Policy Academy were the focus of ...
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Improving Birth Outcomes in Medicaid

Improving Birth Outcomes in Medicaid

Women who begin their pregnancies in poor health are more likely to have negative birth outcomes than healthy women, according to a paper released by the National Governors Association. Improving ...
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Hearing Statement – Veterans’ Benefit Legislation

Statement by the National Governors Association Submitted to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs United States Senate “Pending Benefits Legislation” June 12, 2013 On behalf of the nation’s governors, thank you ...
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Improving Preparedness Through Sharing Public Health and Homeland Security Information

Governors can play an active role in improving how state and local agencies work together to produce useful homeland security and public health information during a disaster, according to a ...
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Six Strategies for Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse

The abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States, and is the most common type of drug abuse after marijuana use among teens between ...
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Strategies for States to Encourage and Fund Community Care Teams

Strategies for States to Encourage and Fund Community Care Teams outlines the role that community care teams can play in improving the quality and value of health care provided by ...
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Long-Term Services and Supports: Challenges and Opportunities for States in Difficult Budget Times

An effective system of long-term services and supports (LTSS) is essential to enable older adults and persons with disabilities to live independently in the community. More than 3 million people ...
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Sustaining State Health Information Exchange: A State Toolkit

Many tools have been proposed to correct the ills of the health care system, but there is likely no single solution. The electronic exchange of health information is integral to ...
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