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

Projects


NGA Public Health Library

Governors Urge Continued Federal Action Combatting Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON DC — Today National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Vice Chair Steve Bullock of Montana joined Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Governor Kate Brown ...

Rural Health Learning Collaborative: Improving Heart Health in Rural America

March 6-7, 2018 | Washington, DC The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) Health Division hosted a multi-state convening as part of the Rural Health Learning Collaborative ...

States Develop Strategies for Public Health Preparedness, Response

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that six states, Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon and West Virginia, have been selected to participate in a workshop where they will develop strategic action plans to implement during ...

NGA Announces New Projects To Combat Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced two new projects aimed at helping states combat the effects of the nationwide opioid epidemic. Twelve states have been selected to participate in ...

Governors’ Recommendations for Federal Action to End the Nation’s Opioid Crisis

Opioids continue to fuel the worst drug overdose epidemic in our nation’s history, claiming the lives of 115 individuals every day and devastating families and communities across the country. Governors ...

Governors Release Recommendations for Addressing Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) today released recommendations to Congress and the Administration calling for action to bolster the federal response to the opioid crisis. “The opioid and heroin epidemic ...

States Focus on Improving Health Care in Rural America

The National Governors Association has selected six states—Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri and Oregon—to participate in a project called Improving Health in Rural America: Addressing the Leading Causes of Death. Specifically, states will develop and implement ...

NGA Holds Policy Event, Releases Complex Care Road Map for States

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) Health Division hosted an event at the National Press Club to discuss its new report, Building Complex Care Programs: A Road ...
Maternal and Child Health Update 2016

Maternal and Child Health Update 2016

Health care costs continue to rise around the country, and so states are looking for ways to reduce spending while improving health outcomes for their higher cost populations. Many states ...