Health Care

State and local governments have been intensely focused on ways to retain high quality benefits while controlling or reducing costs.  The Center has analyzed data from all 50 states and a large sample of local governments, looking at such issues as disease prevention, cost containment, health care trusts, and wellness programs.  The Center also publishes case studies to explain the strategies and the financial results in more depth.

  • This paper looks at the confluence of the demographics of the aging public sector workforce and the post-employment health care benefits they expect when they retire, along with the implications of the changes in accounting standards for government retiree health care. (5/08)

    May 11, 2008
    Research Studies
  • Over the next five years, the United States will face a serious shortage of skilled public health personnel that will directly affect the ability of states and localities to protect public health. Focusing on recruitment, retention, and training can help assure that our nation has the talent it needs to respond to emergencies, prevent the spread of disease, and ensure that our water and food are safe. (3/08)

    March 18, 2008
    Fact Sheets
  • Dr. Michelle Gourdine, a former Maryland state official, talks about the workforce crisis facing local government public health departments. (1/15/08)

    January 15, 2008
  • It’s not just the money: New Center for Excellence poll finds Americans want health insurance and security; pay ranks farther down list.

    January 3, 2008