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Kelly Murphy

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Program Director
Health Division


Kelly Murphy serves as program director for the NGA Center for Best Practices’ Health Division. Murphy leads the division’s public health work, which currently focuses on issues related to maternal and child health, opioid abuse and childhood obesity and nutrition.

Prior to joining NGA, Murphy served as national healthcare policy advisor for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, senior policy analyst and policy analyst for the Health Division at NGA and graduate research assistant for Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Murphy also served as research assistant for the UNC-CH Epidemiology Department and as education partnerships coordinator and contractor for the U.S. Green Building Council.       

Murphy holds a master’s degree in public health, as well as a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kelly originally hails from Ohio.