Issues Archive

  • Juvenile Justice

    Governors and state leaders are committed to improving outcomes for youth, and states have adopted comprehensive juvenile justice reforms to improve outcomes for youth involved in the justice system. The focus of these ...

  • Traffic Fatality and Injury Prevention

    Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States. In 2017, there were 42,159 unintentional pedestrian, motor vehicle, motorcyclist and cyclist fatalities in the United States. In 2016, 10,497 people ...

  • Opioid and Illicit Drug Use

    Governors have long been at the forefront of efforts to prevent and treat opioid use disorder (OUD), working with health care providers, law enforcement and other stakeholders to mount a comprehensive response to the opioid ...

  • Homeland Security

    Governors play a critical role in homeland security. State and local law enforcement and health personnel provide the first line of defense in protecting critical infrastructure and public health and safety. When an incident ...

  • Health Care Workforce

    Governors know that an accessible, flexible and skilled health care workforce is vital to improve the health of residents, control cost and accelerate economic development within the state. A competent workforce is critical ...

  • Opioid Use Disorder and Addiction

    Governors are at the forefront of the fight against opioid use disorder—a major public health and safety crisis affecting communities across the country. As chief executives of their states, governors are positioned to ...

  • Maternal and Child Health

    NGA Health has worked with states to help them improve health outcomes for pregnant women, mothers and children for decades. NGA offers a variety of opportunities for states to collaborate with one another and to work ...

  • Public Health

    One of the core focus areas of the NGA Center for Best Practices’ (NGA Center) Health Division is providing governors’ offices with policy advice and support on a wide range of public health priorities. As the chief ...

  • Data and Analytics

    As governors reform their states health systems to improve outcomes and reduce costs, having high quality data, policies that promote data sharing, robust data systems, and appropriate governance in place to support and ...

  • Medicaid and Complex Care

    States continue to drive toward improving the health of their residents and, because health care costs are a large and growing component of state budgets, governors also are looking for long-term, transformational ways to ...

  • Behavioral Health and Social Determinants of Health

    A governor is uniquely situated to look across the state and coordinate action among state agencies, communities and stakeholders. Many governors are actively engaged in aligning multiple health delivery system reform ...

  • Health Systems Transformation: Access, Cost and Quality

    Health care in the United States is in a period of rapid change. Throughout the health care system, from providers of care to purchasers and policymakers, stakeholders are driving changes that are aimed at improving the ...