A Practical guide to assessing and planning implementation of public health laboratory service changes

Corporate Authors: Association of Public Health Laboratories (U.S.); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.), Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services., Laboratory Science, Policy and Practice Program Office.; Laboratory Efficiencies Initiative.
Published Date: May 2012
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Funding:
U2GPS001799
Description:
1. Introduction -- 2. Assessing a potential service change -- 3. Planning to implement a service change -- 4. Case examples -- 5. Resources -- 6. Acknowledgments

"This guide is a resource that directors and managers of public health laboratories can use as they assess and, if they so choose, implement changes in the models of their laboratories' testing services. The guide's target audience includes directors and managers of all laboratories that conduct tests of public health significance. The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and CDC's Laboratory Science, Policy and Practice Program Office (LSPPPO) cosponsored preparation of the guide. Its focus and contents reflect the contributions of many public health laboratory directors and their colleagues, APHL and CDC staff members, and others who shared the goal of making the guide as useful and practical as possible. APHL and CDC are concerned that many public health laboratories are in danger of losing the capacity to perform critically needed tests and services. This has the potential to impair the ability of public health authorities to respond effectively to conventional health risks as well as public health emergencies caused by such emerging and reemerging health threats as influenza pandemics and other threats. CDC and APHL inaugurated the Laboratory Efficiencies Initiative (LEI) in early 2011 to help address these concerns." - p. 1

Suggested citation: Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A practical guide to assessing and planning implementation of public health laboratory service changes. Silver Spring, MD; APHL; 2012. Available at http://www.aphl.org/lei.

This publication was supported in part by Cooperative Agreement # U2GPS001799 from CDC to APHL. The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the CDC.

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