Project Title: Working with Governors to Build Public Health Capacity in States
Through this project, Working with Governors to Build Public Health Capacity in States, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) proposes to provide governors’ offices tailored technical assistance to help them address fragmentation across agencies and within health systems generally, reduce inefficiencies in state efforts to improve the public health, and develop strategies for managing unstable funding sources of state public health systems. With the NGA Center’s assistance, governors’ offices, state public health departments and other stakeholders will be better positioned to strengthen the nation’s public health infrastructure, ensure a competent, current and connected public health system, and improve delivery of essential public health services.
Governors play a critical role in determining state public health priorities, setting a statewide vision, and convening agencies and stakeholders to address these issues. By leveraging this role, governors can lead states to break down siloes, improve connection of health systems, and overcome barriers to enhance the delivery of health services. As such, the purpose of this project is to expand upon and launch capacity building efforts of governors’ offices to strengthen the nation’s public health infrastructure.
Through this program, NGA will leverage its’ experience, expertise, resources, national reach, and track record to help governors’ offices achieve the following short- and long-term outcomes.
• Improved capacity to establish and maintain partnerships within and across sectors to create a shared vision of health.
• Increased leadership decision-making to address public health needs systematically and strategically.
• Increased capability to implement evidence-based and evidence-informed public health programs, policies and services to address public health needs.