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 

  • Chronic Disease
  • COVID-19
  • Infectious Disease
  • Population Health

Meet the Team

  • Brittney Roy, Program Director
  • Michelle LeBlanc, Policy Analyst, Health
  • Myra Masood, Policy Analyst, Health
  • Eden Moore, Public Health Associate
  • Taylor Shelton, Public Health Associate
  • Leslie Donaldson, Policy Coordinator

Learning Labs


NGA Public Health Library

Maternal and Child Health Update 2020

Maternal and Child Health Update 2020

The Maternal and Child Health Update includes findings from a survey of senior state and territory health officials regarding MCH policy topics. Questions are modified from year to year to ...
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NGA Vaccine Survey of States and Territories

NGA Vaccine Survey of States and Territories

States and territories will need additional resources, funding and support to carry-out the most expansive vaccination plan in history. (View/Download) Summary NGA surveyed states and territories in November and December ...
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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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