State Public Policy Resources

The Council of State Governments, Health Policy 

CGS provides policy analysis and innovative programming for health policy leaders in the states’ legislative and executive branches. This group also develops information, reports, and publications on effective state health policies and issues.


National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

NCSBN is a nonprofit organization whose members include the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories. NCSBN is the vehicle through which boards of nursing act and counsel together to provide regulatory excellence for public health, safety, and welfare. NCSBN provides expertise around nursing regulatory issues. Its Campaign for Consensus assists states in aligning their APRN regulation with the major elements of The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation.


National Conference of State Legislatures 

Health costs account for one-third of state budgets. State legislatures make thousands of health policy decisions each year, from licensing health professionals and facilities to supporting or rejecting initiatives to keep people healthy. NCSL’s Website provides health reports and updates listed by 50+ topics.


National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices Health Division

Covers issues in health care service delivery and reform, health workforce planning, quality improvement, public health and behavioral health integration within the medical delivery system, Medicaid cost containment, maternal and child health, and prescription drug abuse prevention.


National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators

Serves as a catalyst for joint action on issues of common concern (e.g., health care, education) to all segments of the Hispanic community.


National Black Caucus of State Legislators

National network and clearinghouse for discussion, dissemination, and exchange of ideas including health care, education, and workforce policies.


State Health Agencies

Links to each state’s department of health and related agencies.