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.

As Governors Lead on Vaccine Distribution, White Paper Identifies Key Challenges and Promising Practices

As Governors Lead on Vaccine Distribution, White Paper Identifies Key Challenges and Promising Practices

As Governors prepare to embark on the largest vaccination campaign in history to ensure that a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is available for hundreds of millions of Americans, the ...
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Supporting an Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines

Supporting an Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines

This report looks at key themes, strategies, and challenges across State and Territorial COVID-19 vaccination plans. (View/Download) Executive Summary Ensuring the rapid development, distribution, and widespread public uptake of a ...
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Putting CARES Act Funds To Work: Prioritizing Testing and PPE to Protect Americans

Putting CARES Act Funds To Work: Prioritizing Testing and PPE to Protect Americans

Federal support is needed to ensure that states and territories have the necessary PPE and testing resources to protect our health care workers, all Americans, and continue to safely open ...
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The Future of  State Telehealth Policy

The Future of State Telehealth Policy

This paper summarizes the types of telehealth policy flexibilities provided by states and the federal government during the COVID-19 pandemic and longer-term considerations for Governors regarding the impact of such ...
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Information Systems and Data Flow for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Administration

Information Systems and Data Flow for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Administration

The paper discusses systems and data flow implications for vaccine allocation, distribution, administration, tracking, and reporting, including a visual depiction of the various information systems and roles of key entities ...
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Monoclonal Antibody Therapies for COVID-19: What Governors Need to Know

Monoclonal Antibody Therapies for COVID-19: What Governors Need to Know

Governors and other state health officials should proactively engage health system leaders, public health experts, and local and community leaders to understand their state’s health system capacity for administering antibody ...
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Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Development

This memo provides a high-level summary of national efforts to spur development and accelerated development processes, information on COVID-19 vaccine candidates in advanced stages of development, including where investments have ...
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COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures for Elections

COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures for Elections

This memorandum provides an overview of practices implemented by election officials and considerations for Governors to help reduce the risks of spreading COVID19 for the upcoming election. (View/Download) Background As ...
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State Actions Addressing COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

State Actions Addressing COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

This table provides an overview of notable state actions to address COVID-19 in long-term care facilities. (View/Download) This table provides an overview of notable state actions to address COVID-19 in ...
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Policy Making During a Pandemic: Navigating the New Normal and What Lies Ahead Roundtables

Policy Making During a Pandemic: Navigating the New Normal and What Lies Ahead Roundtables

Throughout the month of October, NGA will be hosting four policy roundtables for state policymakers and NGA experts to discuss today's most pressing policy priorities. We will convene to discuss ...
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