2 President ’ s Message 3 Executive Director ’ s Message
Partner Profile 8 15 Minutes with Michael Fraser
MATTERS analysis | answers | action
Winter 2017 Issue 1
Public Health Preparedness and Response 10 APHL Launches BSO Peer Network 11 Building a Biosafety Community of Practice 12 APHL Regional Workshops Build Better BSOs 13 Stabilizing Resources for Laboratory Preparedness
RACING TO RESPOND : The Case for a Public Health Emergency Fund
14 Colorado Responds to “ Perfect Storm ” of Challenges Quality Systems 15 Developing a ROI Tool for Public Health Laboratories Informatics 16 APHL , FDA and Partners Call for New Work Group Volunteers 17 2017 Reboot : The Informatics Self-Assessment Tool 17 Iowa Uses AIMS to Enhance Electronic Laboratory Reporting 18 An Informatics Response to a Public Health Emergency Global Health 19 A Data Management Solution for New Viral Load Labs in Zimbabwe Newborn Screening & Genetics 20 New Tools for Expanding Health Information Technology in Newborn Screening Environmental Health 22 Detecting Human Sources of Surface Water Contamination at the EPA Region 1 Laboratory
Inside : 15 Developing an ROIToolforPublicHealth Laboratories 24 Washington , DC ExpandsTesting for Synthetic Opioids 27 Introducing theAntibioticResistance Laboratory Network
ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORIES
Feature Article : 4
Racing To Respond : The Case for a Public Health Emergency Fund
Public health threats are unpredictable . In 2015 and 2016 , the emerging threats were infectious diseases , but the next threat could be a chemical spill , radiological event or natural disaster . Without a source of comprehensive funding for all potential threats , the health of the American public cannot be adequately protected .
23 Valuing Environmental Health Services : Saving Lives , Money and the Future 24 Washington , DC Expands Testing for Synthetic Opioids Infectious Diseases 26 The TB Iceberg : Finding the Underwater Infections 27 Introducing the Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network Food Safety 28 APHL , AAFCO Improve Quality in Animal Feed Testing Laboratories Institutional Research 29 Data Dive : 2016 All-Hazards Preparedness Survey Fellows 30 News from APHL Laboratory Fellowship Programs Member Spotlight 32 Protecting and Promoting Public Health in a Birthplace of Innovation 34 Cattle , Corn and Chemistry : High Priorities at Nebraska ’ s Agricultural Laboratories Digital Extra 37 Tools You Can Use
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APHL LAB MATTERS STAFF Gynene Sullivan , Editor Steven Oatmeyer , Art Director Jody DeVoll , Advisor
APHL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A . Christian Whelen , PhD , D ( ABMM ), president
Ewa King , PhD , president-elect
Christopher G . Atchison , MPA , secretary-treasurer
Joanne Bartkus , PhD , D ( ABMM ) member-at-large
Grace E . Kubin , PhD , member-at-large Michael Pentella , PhD , member-at-large
Maria Lucia Ishida , PhD , public health associate institutional member representative
Vacant , local institutional member representative
Mark Wade , local institutional member representative
Judith C . Lovchik , PhD , D ( ABMM ), past president
Scott J . Becker , MS , ex officio executive director , APHL
The Association of Public Health Laboratories ( APHL ) works to strengthen laboratory systems serving the public ’ s health in the US and globally . APHL ’ s member laboratories protect the public ’ s health by monitoring and detecting infectious and foodborne diseases , environmental contaminants , terrorist agents , genetic disorders in newborns and other diverse health threats .
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This publication was supported by Cooperative Agreement # NU600E000103 , # U2GGH001097 , # 1U500E000094-01 and # NU2GGH001993 funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ); by Cooperative Agreement # U22MC24078 and # UG5MC27837 funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration ( HRSA ); by Cooperative Agreement # 1U18FD004710 funded by the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) and by Assistance Agreement # 83483301 funded by the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC , HRSA , FDA , EPA or the Department of Health and Human Services .
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