LAB MATTERS SPRING 2022 | CONTENTS
2 President ’ s & Chief Executive Officer ’ s Message
10 Connecting with Environmental Health System Partners During a Pandemic
11 Fine-tuning Environmental Health Preparedness and Response with HRMS
Global Health 12 Building a Global Repository of
13 APHL Conducts Global Bioinformatics Virtual Training for SARS-CoV-2
14 Old Pathogens Meet New Testing Practices : Updates to STI and HIV Testing Routines
16 Automation Streamlines Arbovirus Sample Pooling in New Hampshire
18 APHL , CDC Prioritize Hepatitis C Elimination in Meeting , New Publication
19 Infectious Disease Laboratory Fellows Prepare for Careers in Public Health
Informatics 20 Maryland Undertakes Food Safety
Data Exchange Journey
21 Advancing Mobile Testing in the Nation ’ s Capital
Newborn Screening & Genetics
22 APHL 2021 Newborn Screening Symposium : Collaboration Continues Virtually
Public Health Preparedness & Response 24 The What and How of ISO 35001:2019 Biorisk Management for Public Health Labs
25 Mystery Meliodosis : Minnesota ’ s Response to a Rare Outbreak
Membership 26 Approaching 150 Years of Service in
Fellows 28 APHL Continues to Expand Fellowship
Programs for 2022
4 To All the Other Pathogens : We ’ re Still Testing !
Even as SARS-CoV-2 has taken the world by storm , other pathogens have continued their own inexorable spread and evolution in the past two years . For public health laboratories , finite capacity — staff time , equipment , reagents and other resources — has necessitated difficult decisions and creative solutions to keep abreast of both existing and emerging pathogens .
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APHL LAB MATTERS STAFF
Gynene Sullivan , MA , editor Brittany Robertson , art director David Fouse , advisor
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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