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
  • Michelle LeBlanc, Senior Policy Analyst, Health
  • Asia Riviere, Policy Analyst

Projects


NGA Public Health Library

Letter on Reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act

Letter on Reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act

Governors have firsthand experience on how to improve the ability of states and territories to respond to public health crises, gaps in the PAHPA framework, and ways to bolster partnerships ...
Health and Wellness in Pharmacies

Health and Wellness in Pharmacies

Rina Shah On March 1, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) hosted a Health and Wellness Stakeholder Forum (Forum) in Washington, DC, exploring how pharmacies can work collaboratively ...
Letter on the health care workforce shortage

Letter on the health care workforce shortage

States and territories are working to address healthcare workforce challenges by advancing nursing, direct care, and behavioral health career pathways, supporting healthcare provider mental health and wellbeing, improving the collection ...
Messaging in a Bottle: Evaluating Behavioral Insights to Build Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

Messaging in a Bottle: Evaluating Behavioral Insights to Build Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

Increasing COVID-19 vaccine uptake among children is a complex challenge that will likely require many different strategies from Governors. (Download) Throughout 2022, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices ...
State Strategies to Support Marketplace Plan Enrollment as the Medicaid Continuous Coverage Requirement Winds Down

State Strategies to Support Marketplace Plan Enrollment as the Medicaid Continuous Coverage Requirement Winds Down

Just as states have customized their Medicaid programs and State-Based Marketplaces to meet the needs of their populations, they have been developing innovative approaches to prepare for the unwinding of ...
Broadband

Broadband

Access to fast, reliable broadband is critical to households, businesses, and communities in the modern economy. The ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency has underscored the necessity of broadband access for ...
Governors’ Health and Humans Services Policy Advisors Institute 2022

Governors’ Health and Humans Services Policy Advisors Institute 2022

The Governors’ Health and Human Services Policy Advisors Institute provided a valuable space for Governors’ advisors, subject matter experts, and partners to convene and learn from each other. by Myra ...
Modernizing the U.S. public health system

Modernizing the U.S. public health system

Public Health infrastructure is the system that supports the planning, delivery and evaluation of the 10 public health essential services. The COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the importance of a robust public ...
Nutrition for health

State Strategies on Preventing and Managing Type 2 Diabetes: A State Playbook

This paper looks at comprehensive local and state programs that can assist people with diabetes who may have low-incomes, be older or live in underserved communities. (Download) Type 2 diabetes, ...