2019-07-10 National Governors Association

NGA Convenes 14 States to Strategize on Childhood Safety and Well-being

Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin to Receive Guidance, Technical Assistance

Fourteen states exchanged best practices and developed strategic plans to support healthy and safe school environments at a National Governors Association (NGA) convening hosted by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz this week.

“School safety and the well-being of our children are issues that are on the minds of parents across the country,” said Gov. Walz. “That’s why we’re working in Minnesota to address these challenges holistically and find new solutions to guarantee a healthy environment both at home and in school. I’m thankful the NGA is bringing its resources and expertise to the conversation and holding this important event in St. Paul.”

After a competitive application process, NGA Solutions: The Center for Best Practices selected Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin to receive guidance and technical assistance over the next six months from NGA staff. The state teams will develop cross-sector strategic plans that align health, education, public safety, as well as policies, programs and funding to support student health, well-being and safety in schools and in the community.

“We are excited to offer intensive technical support to help states effectively implement their strategic plans,” said NGA Health Program Director Sandra Wilkniss. Three states also will receive intensive support on how to implement their strategic plans.

This multi-state convening, which is generously funded by Kaiser Permanente, is part of NGA’s broader initiative focused on addressing school safety, student health and well-being.

National Governors Association

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the nonpartisan organization of the nation’s 55 governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, address issues of national and state interest and share innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.