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


NGA Public Health Library

Rural Health Learning Collaborative: Improving Access to Behavioral Health Care in Rural Areas

August 9–10, 2017 | 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 ...

2017 Health Policy Advisor Institute

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted its annual Health Policy Advisors Institute at the Snowbird Resort and Conference Center in Utah. The meeting provides a ...

State Reporting: NGA Compact To Fight Opioid Addiction

In July 2016, 46 of the nation’s governors signed A Compact to Fight Opioid Addiction, marking the first time in more than 10 years that governors developed a compact through ...

States Expand Opioid Addiction Treatment in Drug Courts, Corrections

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that eight states—Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington—will participate in a learning lab to develop and implement strategies to expand ...

Governors Adopt Policy Positions During NGA Winter Meeting

WASHINGTON—At the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, governors adopted policy positions for the five NGA committees: Economic Development and Commerce (EDC), Education and Workforce (EdW), Health and Human Services ...

NGA Winter Meeting Shines Spotlight on Bipartisanship, Governors’ Priorities

At the 2017 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, led by Chair Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Vice Chair Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, more than 46 governors gathered to discuss critical issues, including: ...
NGA 2017 Winter Meeting

NGA 2017 Winter Meeting

Session videos from the National Governors Association Winter Meeting 2017 which took place February 25 & 26 in Washington DC View Full Playlist ...

States Improve Rural Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that three states, Minnesota, South Dakota and Virginia, will participate in an NGA learning lab to help combat the opioid epidemic. The project ...

Housing as Health Care: A Road Map for States

Evidence suggests that providing housing to certain high-need, high-cost patients can transform lives and have a very meaningful return on investment. Over the past three years, National Governors Association Center ...