SOURCE: Association of Public Health Laboratories

Association of Public Health Laboratories

January 20, 2010 15:38 ET

APHL Applauds Commitment to Build New Laboratory in Maryland

SILVER SPRING, MD--(Marketwire - January 20, 2010) - The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) congratulates Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp on their decision to build a new state-of-the-art public health laboratory to serve the people of Maryland. Today's action correctly recognizes the importance of providing improved facilities where testing that is critical to ensuring the public's health can be performed with even greater efficiency.

"The laboratory employees and professional staff who work tirelessly to detect outbreaks of infectious diseases, like the H1N1 pandemic influenza and food-borne diseases as well as the daily screening of newborns for genetic and metabolic disorders, certainly deserve a workplace that reflects the significance of their work," said Susan Neill, President of APHL. "I know first-hand the benefits of having an updated facility on both workflow and employee recruitment and retention, and I am certain that Maryland will reap similar benefits because of this decision."

"The bold decision by the Maryland Board of Public Works during a time of considerable economic turmoil underscores the tremendous value that public health laboratories bring to the people they serve," said Scott Becker, executive director of APHL. "Bravo on your commitment to protecting the health of Maryland's families through the construction of the new public health laboratory. John Colmers, Secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said it best when he called the public health laboratory 'the backbone of Maryland's public health system.' This simple fact holds true in all states and many of our large urban areas, and it is fitting that these facilities receive the support they need."

The Association of Public Health Laboratories is a national non-profit located in Silver Spring, MD, that is dedicated to working with members to strengthen governmental laboratories with a public health mandate. By promoting effective programs and public policy, APHL strives to provide public health laboratories with the resources and infrastructure needed to protect the health of US residents and to prevent and control disease globally.

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