The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is an independent academy of state health policymakers. We are dedicated to helping states achieve excellence in health policy and practice. A non-profit and non-partisan organization, NASHP provides a forum for constructive work across branches and agencies of state government on critical health issues. Click here to learn more about NASHP's history. 


To accomplish our mission we:

  • Convene state leaders to solve problems and share solutions
  • Conduct policy analyses and research
  • Disseminate information on state policies and programs
  • Provide technical assistance to states

The responsibility for health care and health care policy does not reside in a single state agency or department. At NASHP, we provide a unique forum for productive interchange across all lines of authority, including executive offices and the legislative branch.

We work across a broad range of health policy topics including:

  • Affordable Care Act and State Health Care Reform
  • Coverage and Access
  • Medicaid and CHIP
  • Quality, Cost, and Health System Performance
  • Long Term and Chronic Care
  • Quality and Patient Safety
  • Population and Public Health
  • Insurance Coverage and Cost Containment

Our strengths and capabilities include:

  • Active participation by a large number of volunteer state officials
  • Developing consensus reports through active involvement in discussions among people with disparate political views
  • Planning and executing large and small conferences and meetings with substantial user input in defining the agenda
  • Distilling the literature in language useable and useful for practitioners
  • Identifying and describing emerging and promising practices
  • Developing leadership capacity within states by enabling communication within and across states

Portland, Maine Office:
10 Free St., 2nd Floor
Portland, Maine 04101
Phone: (207) 874-6524
Fax: (207) 874-6527


Washington, DC Office:
1233 20th St., NW, Suite 303
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 903-0101
Fax: (202) 903-2790

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