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A Practical guide to public health laboratories for state health officials
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    Association of Public Health Laboratories (U.S.) ; Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (U.S.) ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
  • Description:
    Introduction : who created this guide and how to use it -- Frequently Asked Questions : talking points and background on the top questions -- Core Functions : determining your lab's core functions and interactions -- Information Technology : how to minimize IT problems; future considerations and increasing interoperability -- Preparedness and Response : determining capacity for crisis events; about the LaboratoryResponse Network; tuning up Incident Command -- Checklists : defining sentinel events; how to gauge the effect of program changes on the lab -- Positive Visibility : getting what you need from the lab to communicate clearly within the health system and with the public -- Conclusion and Resources : horizon issues for SHOs; certification resources; agency and program resources

    "Representatives from the Association of State and Territorial Health Of!cials (ASTHO) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) saw future issues looming -- primarily funding issues, but also IT, biosecurity, and emerging health threats -- that could affect the relationship between state health of!cials and public health labs. The time to forge strong and "exible connections was now, they decided, and they convened a group of SHOs, Senior Deputies and lab directors, colleagues from the CDC and facilitators. The group, armed with an agenda of questions and issues contributed by SHOs and lab directors from around the nation, held several conference calls, information exchanges and a day-and-a-half-long face-to-face meeting to determine what information should be included -- and what was most urgent. As the process took place, the ongoing pandemic H1N1 crisis continued -- and continued to yield valuable insights about relationships among SHOs, state health departments, programs, federal entities and public health labs of all kinds. The group shared a sense that the crisis was fueling a new interconnectiveness that would bene!t public health into the future -- an acknowledgment that each institution and each person held an essential role in containing the virus and its effects, and therefore in saving lives.We hope this guide works to expand this understanding and valuing of all contributions." - p. 1

    This publication was supported by Cooperative Agreement number U60/CD303019 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL).

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