Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

State Strategies to Improve Health and Control Cost

The U.S. health care system is transforming, creating opportunities for increased health impact. States are increasingly interested in identifying interventions that improve population health and reduce health care spending. CDC is partnering with the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS), part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to provide governors’ offices, Medicaid directors, and public health stakeholders with specific population health strategies that can be integrated into the health care delivery system to improve health and lower costs within 5 years.

With NGA and CMCS, CDC developed technical packages for select population health interventions. Technical packages contain targeted, action-oriented information for stakeholders interested in advancing population health strategies. The technical packages focus on interventions that have a significant scientific basis for their effectiveness and have shown a positive return on investment in less than 5 years.

Explore the topics below, and share this fact sheet Adobe PDF file with stakeholders who are interested in learning more. If there are additional topics or resources you would like to see on this page, please email

Strategies for Improving Tobacco Control

	no smoking

Most states have some tobacco control laws or programs but fall short of a comprehensive approach. Comprehensive programs have a greater population health impact and the proven potential to generate savings greater than their implementation costs. Learn More »

Strategies for Improving Asthma Control


When delivered together as a package, high-quality medical management, self-management education, and home visiting have been shown to improve health outcomes for children with asthma and yield a positive return on investment for state governments. Learn More »

Strategies for Preventing Tooth Decay

	tooth decay

Tooth decay and other oral health complications are preventable. Several prevention and early treatment options are safe, effective, and economical. Strong evidence shows that school-based sealant delivery programs, routine application of fluoride varnish by primary care providers, and community water fluoridation programs improve oral health outcomes while achieving cost savings. Learn More »