Our Work

Health and Human Services

As with other key areas of regional importance, SGA’s member Governors work collaboratively on health and human services programs designed to improve the overall wellness and well-being of Southern citizens, with special emphasis on the most vulnerable populations: children and the elderly.

The South has historically suffered from high levels of poverty, yet many of the programs that are geared towards alleviating that poverty often have distribution formulas that shortchange Southern states.  SGA consistently advocates for equity for Southern states in programs administered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, such as the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. More recently, SGA has become involved in pursuing equity for Southern states in programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, IV-E Foster Care and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment program. 

Read more about SGA’s interest in these Health and Human Services issues:

Regional Health and Human Services News

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11/6/2015 WV Gov. Tomblin Hosts Substance Abuse SummitEvent offered comprehensive review of state’s efforts to combat substance abuse problems. [Read More]
10/26/2015 AR Gov. Hutchinson Attends Groundbreaking for $2.9M Homeless Shelter Rehab ProjectSupport of shelter means place for someone homeless to stay and receive services needed to get them back on their feet. [Read More]
10/22/2015 KY Gov. Beshear Announces Bullying Prevention RecommendationsKentucky Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force report gives four main recommendations to reduce youth bullying. [Read More]
10/20/2015 Gov. Tomblin: Creating a Safe Learning Environment for West Virginia StudentsMonthly column: "As we raise awareness about the harms of bullying, we must also work to transform our culture and eliminate bullying altogether." [Read More]
10/20/2015 NC Gov. McCrory Expands Autism Insurance CoverageNew law requires qualifying health benefit plans to provide coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment. [Read More]
10/19/2015 AR Gov. Hutchinson Launches Plan to Improve Health Across StateHealthy Active Arkansas contains nine focus areas tied to healthy dietary choices and increased physical activity. [Read More]
10/8/2015 KY Gov. Beshear, First Lady Unveil Statewide Trail Plan, Tout Tourism GrowthOver last 5 years, tourism economic impact up by more than $2.2 billion to $13.1 billion. [Read More]
9/25/2015 Gov. Nixon: Missouri Teams Up with MLB, Kansas City Royals to Create Urban Youth Academy Effort will provide free, year-long academic support, athletic instruction to estimated 1,000 youth in Kansas City area. [Read More]
9/23/2015 KY Gov. Beshear Expands Oral Health Services to Elementary StudentsJoins First Lady in ‘Smiling Schools’ effort that provides dental varnish treatment to children in 40 counties. [Read More]
9/18/2015 Gov. Beshear: Kentucky Receives Nearly $4 Million in CDC FundingKentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center to receive funding to combat epidemic of prescription drug overdoses. [Read More]