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LAB MATTERS FALL / WINTER 2021 | CONTENTS

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2 President ’ s Message 3 Chief Executive Officer ’ s Message
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Environmental Health
10 Climate Change and California Wildfires : A Look at Environmental Exposures
11 Public Health Laboratories Provide Essential Algal Toxin Testing
From the Bench 12 Utility Laboratories and Public Health
Food Safety 14 Building Shellfish Testing Capabilities to Keep Alaskans Safe
Global Health 15 Supporting Antigen-Detecting Rapid Diagnostic Testing Evaluation in Kenya
16 Global Laboratory Leadership Programme Launches Learning Package
Industry Matters
18 Developing Advanced Molecular Analysis for SARS-CoV-2 and Other Pathogens in Wastewater
19 The Benefits of a Comprehensive , Open Platform qPCR Kit to Detect CREs
Infectious Diseases 21 Win-Win : APHL Launches Genomic
Data Specialist Program
Informatics 22 The Urgent Need for ETOR
23 APHL Becomes Accredited Health Information Service Provider
Newborn Screening & Genetics
24 Newborn Screening Programs Aim to Reduce Use of Paper and Plastics During the Pandemic and Beyond
25 Building Workforce and Knowledge Capacity Within Newborn Screening
Public Health Preparedness & Response 26 Advancing Capabilities to Detect Genetic Engineering and Antimicrobial Resistance in Biological Threat Agents
27 Staying Ahead of Threats : The Role of Next Generation Sequencing Technology
Quality Systems & Analytics
28 COOP , Surge and ICS : Pacific Rim Consortium Conducts Summer Tabletop Exercise Series
Membership 30 Oregon Laboratory & Environmental Assessment Division : A Leader in Protecting Air and Water Quality
Fellows
32 New Fellowship Classes Begin , Recruiting for Expanded 2022 Programs
It ’ s Time
The Role of Public Health Laboratories on Climate Change
Inside :
14 Building Shellfish Testing Capabilities to Keep Alaskans Safe
22 APHL Launches Health Information Service Provider
24 Building Workforce and Knowledge Capacity Within Newborn Screening
ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORIES

FEATURE

4 It ’ s Time : The Role of Public Health Laboratories on Climate Change
On August 5 , the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its Sixth Assessment Report , where it stated that “ It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere , ocean and land .” Public health laboratories , particularly environmental health professionals , have been noticing the effects of climate change in their daily work for quite some time . And it may be up to public health laboratories to help clarify its effects for state and federal decision makers .
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Gynene Sullivan , MA , editor Karen Klinedinst , art director David Fouse , advisor
To submit an article for consideration , contact Gynene Sullivan , editor , at gynene . sullivan @ aphl . org .
APHL 2021-2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Denise Toney , PhD , HCLD ( ABB ), president Daphne Ware , PhD , president-elect Godfred Masinde , PhD , MBA , HCLD ( ABB ), secretary-treasurer Michael Pentella PhD , D ( ABMM ), member-at-large Scott Shone , PhD , HCLD ( ABB ), member-at-large Timothy Southern , PhD , member-at-large
Sally Flowers , PhD , associate institutional member representative
Sanjib Bhattacharyya , PhD , local institutional member representative
Megan Crumpler , PhD , local institutional member representative
Grace Kubin , PhD , past president Scott Becker , MS , ex officio , chief executive officer , APHL
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