Public Health Laboratories and Health System Change . Core PHL Function

10/06/1997

A central concern of both state and federal actors is the definition of core PHL functions and activities. This subject has been closely studied over the years by the Association of State and Territorial Lab Directors (ASTPHLD) and by a number of PHL directors. As discussed above, the function of PHLs varies dramatically from state to state. The notion of a core set of activities is particularly charged, because it defines the appropriate role of the PHL in the safety net.