ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORIES INC

Analysis. Answers. Action.

aka APHL   |   Silver Spring, MD   |  www.aphl.org

Mission

APHL is dedicated to shaping national and global health outcomes by promoting the value and contributions of public health laboratories and continuously improving the public health laboratory system and practice. Our vision is a healthier world through quality laboratory systems.

Ruling year info

1992

Principal Officer

Scott J. Becker MS

Main address

8515 Georgia Avenue Suite 700

Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA

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EIN

52-1800436

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C. (M99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Public health laboratories monitor and detect health threats ranging from rabies and dengue fever to radiological contaminants, genetic disorders in newborns and terrorist agents. Equipped with sophisticated instrumentation and staffed by highly trained scientists, these unique institutions deliver services that may be unavailable or cost-prohibitive elsewhere. Public health laboratories form the backbone of a national laboratory network on alert 24/7 ​to respond to novel strains of disease, natural disasters, chemical spills, foodborne outbreaks and other health emergencies. They collaborate closely in these efforts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies. Public health laboratories also partner with the World Health Organization and other international health entities to prevent and control health threats.

Our programs

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Global Health

With experience in more than 30 countries, APHL provides strategic planning, training for laboratory leaders and bench staff, model practices, guidance documents and technical assistance. We advocate to shape public health policy, champion the value of laboratory systems and support sustainable laboratory strengthening initiatives.

Population(s) Served

We present workshops and seminars to public health and clinical laboratory scientists to ensure that they have met competencies for quality laboratory practice.

Population(s) Served

APHL strengthens the analytical capability and testing capacity of governmental laboratories that detect hazardous contaminants in people and the environment.

Population(s) Served

APHL advances laboratory practice by increasing the competence of scientists, improving the capabilities of member laboratories and strengthening the credibility of results generated for public health action. ​

Population(s) Served

APHL builds public health lab capability to detect, identify and respond to infectious disease threats.

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As an international leader in public health informatics, APHL offers technical assistance and consultation. The APHL Informatics Messaging Services platform (AIMS) provides cutting edge data management and messaging services to the public health and clinical community, facilitating health data exchange.

Population(s) Served

APHL is the source for accurate, timely data on the status of the US public health laboratory system. In addition, APHL develops tools, standards and resources to support quality systems implementation and management of the public health laboratory system.

Population(s) Served

APHL strengthens the role of public health labs in newborn screening and genetic testing and designs strategies to address changes in the field.

Population(s) Served

APHL strengthens public health labs to respond to biological, chemical and radiological threats, and supports all laboratories in ensuring laboratory biosafety and biosecurity.

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Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) protects the public's health by strengthening governmental health laboratories in the U.S. and globally. Our member institutions, known as "public health laboratories," detect health hazards and generate scientific data to inform public health action.

A global leader in laboratory science, practice and policy, APHL supports member laboratories and public health partners with laboratory guidance, high-quality training, national policymaking, leadership development, crisis response and development of laboratory information management systems, among other services.

We seek to expand the impact of the public health laboratory system at the national and global levels.

APHL works closely with federal agencies to develop and execute national health initiatives. During public health emergencies, we operate as a coordinating center for laboratory response.

APHL also works internationally to build effective national laboratory systems and expand access to quality diagnostic testing services. With over 20 years of experience in more than 30 countries, APHL is recognized internationally as a leader in laboratory science and practice.

Laboratory Science: APHL supports development of new testing methods and technologies, and publishes materials to assure the quality of laboratory testing.

Emergency Response: APHL collaborates with health partners to respond to disease outbreaks, natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other health threats. It also supports the US Laboratory Response Network.

Public Health Informatics: APHL is a leader in development of public health laboratory informatics systems in the US and in countries worldwide.

Laboratory Training: APHL offers high quality continuing education programs to strengthen the skills of laboratorians.

Leadership Development: APHL fosters the development of emerging leaders, expands knowledge of public health laboratory management and manages five laboratory fellowship programs.

Research: APHL assesses the capacity and capability of US public health laboratories and disseminates findings.

Publications: APHL publishes reports and briefs profiling developments in public health laboratory science, practice, management and training.

Conferences: APHL convenes national conferences and colloquia on critical issues in laboratory science.

Federal Liaison/Policy: APHL serves as a conduit of information between US public health laboratories and federal agencies. APHL issues statements on pending legislation and regulations, and disseminates educational materials on priority issues.

APHL’s major areas of focus include: develop collaborative relationships and facilitate information exchange; characterize and educate others on public health laboratories; conduct evaluation and technology transfer; analyze, develop and promote recommendations, policies, model practices and quality standards; provide professional development opportunities and growth in leadership competencies; promote, support and implement laboratory informatics practices; support global health initiatives; provide technical assistance; coordinate information and resources for emergency response; develop education, regulatory and priority strategies within public policy; and deliver timely information through various communication avenues to support quality lab practice and management.

Financials

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ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORIES INC

Board of directors
as of 12/5/2019
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Board chair

Grace Kubin

Texas Department of State Health Services

Term: 2019 - 2020

Frances Downes

No Affiliation