Health Equity Learning Network

In 2023, the NGA Center convened states to discuss approaches and communication strategies regarding health equity. The NGA team compiled information from discussions in these convenings as well as in learning calls and research to identify high-level themes and insights.

The three themes that emerged as top health equity priorities for states are:

  • Coordinating health equity initiatives across agencies,
  • Centering community voice and priorities in health equity work, and
  • Integrating equity into policymaking.

Read the full brief on: Leading State Approaches And Communication Strategies To Support Health Equity

In 2024, the NGA Center will facilitate a learning network of states and territories interested in advancing their health equity goals, with a kick-off event in March.

To learn more about this opportunity please contact Anna Heard, Senior Policy Analyst, at aheard@nga.org.


Request for Applications

NGA has released a request for applications to support states and territories for a period of 16 months in peer learning and custom technical assistance to advance Governors’ health equity priorities, particularly related to health equity for people with disabilities, racially and ethnically marginalized groups, and rural communities. Through the learning network, a group of states and territories will:

  • participate in an in-person kick-off meeting near Washington, DC
  • join monthly virtual learning and peer-learning opportunities,
  • receive ongoing technical assistance from NGA Center staff and consultants in support of health equity goals, and
  • attend an in-person wrap-up meeting.

Applications Due: January 19, 2024

Selection Announcement: January 29, 2024

In-person kick-off meeting: March 11-12, 2024

Project Period: March 2024 – June 2025


NGA Resources

Leading State Approaches and Communication Strategies to Support Health Equity

Leading State Approaches and Communication Strategies to Support Health Equity

This brief describes innovative approaches and communication strategies states and territories are using to address health equity needs. (Download) Governors are leading the way in addressing health equity in their ...
Health Equity Roundtable

Health Equity Roundtable

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) held a health equity roundtable on August 24th in Broomfield, Colorado, bringing together nine states and territories including Colorado, Guam, ...
Behavioral Health Equity for All Communities: Policy Solutions to Advance Equity Across the Crisis Continuum

Behavioral Health Equity for All Communities: Policy Solutions to Advance Equity Across the Crisis Continuum

As a point of interception, equitable crisis response provides an opportunity to disrupt a cycle that has perpetuated longstanding challenges in underserved communities. (Download) Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic called widespread ...
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children: Exploring Immunization Strategies for Individuals Under 12

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children: Exploring Immunization Strategies for Individuals Under 12

Governors have employed system-wide approaches and innovative procedures to protect health during the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper looks at ways to position the COVID-19 children's vaccine response to ensure equitable ...
Championing Health Equity

Championing Health Equity

This brief synthesizes key accomplishments and lessons learned based on interviews with 10 state COVID-19 health equity task forces. (View/Download) Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified social, economic, and health ...
Building State Capacity to Facilitate Equitable Access to Testing and Treatment for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STDs and TB

Building State Capacity to Facilitate Equitable Access to Testing and Treatment for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STDs and TB

This paper includes considerations and approaches to promote equity and improve public health capacity to prevent, detect and respond to HIV, viral hepatitis, STDs and TB during the public health ...
A Case Study of The Virginia Covid-19 Equity Leadership Task Force And Health Equity Working Group

A Case Study of The Virginia Covid-19 Equity Leadership Task Force And Health Equity Working Group

This case study is part of a series that features innovative state practices to address health equity in COVID-19 response across the country. (Download) The Commonwealth of Virginia has integrated ...
Prioritizing Equity in COVID-19 Vaccinations

Prioritizing Equity in COVID-19 Vaccinations

Promising Practices from States to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities (View/Download) introduction Systemic inequities underpin disparities in COVID-19 risk and disease burden among historically marginalized populations across the United States ...
A Case Study Of The Michigan Coronavirus Task Force On Racial Disparities

A Case Study Of The Michigan Coronavirus Task Force On Racial Disparities

This case study draws its key findings from the Michigan Coronavirus Racial Disparities Interim Report and other sources to explore Michigan’s approach, key features, results to date, and lessons learned ...