Data summary of the 2010 core laboratory profiles survey; snapshot of state public health laboratories
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Data summary of the 2010 core laboratory profiles survey; snapshot of state public health laboratories

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    "For more than a century, the Public Health Laboratory System has been at the epicenter of the public health system, offering services essential to protecting the health of the public while providing the scientific expertise vital to making wise judgments and decisions concerning public health. As part of its mission, APHL works to support and strengthen State Public Health Laboratories (SPHL) and the State Public Health Laboratory System in the United States. Within the 50 SPHLs and the District of Columbia, there exists a wide variety in funding, infrastructure, operations, services, research initiatives, etc. APHL provides data and other information that both present an accurate image of SPHLs as well as describe the current state of our nation's SPHLs. In 2002, APHL developed the Core Survey to capture a snapshot of SPHLs' activities in seven categories that either describe or affect PHLs' abilities to operate. In 2007, the survey instrument changed, but some questions remained consistent to capture the core data. Furthermore, in 2011, APHL modified the survey and renamed it the Core Laboratory Profiles Survey to capture essential laboratory data for the calendar year 2010. A set of core questions remained consistent for 2002, 2007 and 2010 for data comparison purposes. This report provides detailed responses from the 2010 Core Laboratory Profiles Survey, which are complemented by responses to several questions posed in the 2010 Comprehensive Laboratory Services Survey (CLSS), a longitudinal survey conducted every two years. This enabled APHL to utilize data already collected without duplicating efforts in the CLSS survey. By using data from two surveys instead of one, APHL has developed a clearer, more panoramic picture of SPHLs as they appeared in 2010. This data will be made available online as a project called the APHL Member Laboratory Profiles. This will allow SPHLs to view and update the profile of their laboratory as they adapt and evolve to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The information in these profiles will have an important impact as APHL continues to provide support and advocate on behalf of public health laboratories across the country. This data summary report offers detailed analysis of the data collected in 2010 and makes comparisons to the 2007 data where available." - p. 5

    This report was supported 100% by Cooperative Agreement Number #U60/CD303019 from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ('CDC'). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.

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