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.

Letter Urging Preparedness for Fall Flu Season

Letter Urging Preparedness for Fall Flu Season

September 15, 2020 The Honorable Roy BluntChair, Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and EducationU.S. SenateWashington, DC 20510The Honorable Patty MurrayRanking Member, Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and ...
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Letter Regarding the Coronavirus Relief Fund

Letter Regarding the Coronavirus Relief Fund

NGA and other state and local organizations sent a letter to the Department of the Treasury’s Office of the Inspector Generalexpressing concern that recent changes to the regulatory and oversight ...
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Expanding Access To Non-Opioid Management Of Chronic Pain

Expanding Access To Non-Opioid Management Of Chronic Pain

This report synthesizes the existing evidence base for non-opioid therapies, examines Medicaid coverage policies, and identifies barriers and opportunities for scaling evidence-based integrated pain management delivery systems. (View/Download) Executive Summary ...
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Equity and Policy Preparedness During Public Health Emergencies

Equity and Policy Preparedness During Public Health Emergencies

Emergencies, by definition, occur suddenly and without warning. Whether the situation involves an infectious disease like the current COVID-19 pandemic—or a natural disaster like the brutal hurricanes of recent years—these ...
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State & Territory Policy Strategies Supporting Maternal & Child Health During COVID-19

State & Territory Policy Strategies Supporting Maternal & Child Health During COVID-19

(View/Download) In June and July of 2020, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) surveyed executive branch officials regarding state policies to safeguard against COVID-19 for pregnant ...
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Prevention of Targeted Violence and Terrorism Against Public Health Personnel and Assets

Prevention of Targeted Violence and Terrorism Against Public Health Personnel and Assets

(View/Download) Introduction The significant growing frustration and discontent with public health interventions and the pandemic response has contributed to ongoing threats against public health officials and facilities. State health officials ...
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Opioid and COVID-19 Related Resources

Opioid and COVID-19 Related Resources

(View/Download) Relevant information and guidance for communities confronting opioids in the age of COVID-19 The Intersection of Two Pandemics: Addiction and COVID-19 Webinar The USC Schaeffer Center and the Institute ...
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Strategies to Address Social Isolation and Loneliness During COVID-19

Strategies to Address Social Isolation and Loneliness During COVID-19

As governors continue efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and reopen the economy, the psychological toll of the pandemic remains a critical challenge. This resource provides a review of ...
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State Strategies to Improve the Use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs to Address Opioid and other Substance Use Disorders

State Strategies to Improve the Use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs to Address Opioid and other Substance Use Disorders

(View/Download) Executive Summary States have implemented many different strategies to address opioid use disorder/substance use disorders (OUD/SUD) and promote safe prescribing practices. One of these strategies is maintaining prescription drug ...
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National Governors Association Issues Guidance to Help Governors Plan for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

As governors lead the fight against COVID-19 in their states and territories, the National Governors Association (NGA) released a memo to help governors plan for mass distribution of an eventual ...
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