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  • ASTHO Legislative Update on Lead Exposure Nationwide

    The 2017 Legislative Update below breaks down the bills into separate topic areas. The majority of bills (34) focus on testing lead levels in drinking water in schools and day care centers. States are also exploring other approaches to reduce lead exposure, such as testing for lead in water and soil in private homes and disclosing the results, improving state-led childhood lead exposure prevention programs, and developing financing mechanisms for remediation efforts. .

  • Member Spotlight: K. Lynn Gallagher

    K. Lynn Gallagher is cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health. As the leader of the state’s largest agency, Gallagher manages the department’s $550 million budget and leads more than 3,000 employees in evidence-based, strategic health initiatives and health systems innovation. .

  • Understanding Performance Management and Quality Improvement

    Performance management is a systematic process by which a state and territorial health agency involves its employees in improving the effectiveness of the agency and achieving the agency’s mission and strategic goals.