SOURCE: Association of Public Health Laboratories

Association of Public Health Laboratories

April 08, 2010 16:50 ET

Key Public Health Journal Devotes Supplement to Public Health Laboratory System

SILVER SPRING, MD--(Marketwire - April 8, 2010) - The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is pleased to announce the release of the May/June issue of Public Health Reports, which features a supplement devoted to the public health laboratory system. The supplement, which considers the public health laboratory system from multiple perspectives, covers topics such as antimicrobial susceptibility testing, newborn screening, pandemic preparedness and public health laboratory system improvement. 

"This supplement provides concrete examples of the evolution of the public health laboratory system, including research, practice and policy developments," said Dr. Frances P. Downes, director of the Michigan Public Health Laboratory and co-author of the opening guest editorial. "Public health laboratories rely on practice-based evidence and vetted programs to assure the quality and effectiveness of their operations. The supplement makes this critical information available to laboratorians and to the broader health community."

APHL acknowledges the generous support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for development of the Public Health Reports' supplement and several related research projects in policy development conducted by member laboratories.

Public Health Reports, a peer-reviewed journal of the US Public Health Service and the Association of Schools of Public Health, is the oldest journal of public health in the US. 
The supplement on the public health laboratory system is available online at

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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