SOURCE: Association of Public Health Laboratories

Association of Public Health Laboratories

July 12, 2010 15:30 ET

CDC and APHL Partner to Enhance Public Health Labs in US and Abroad

SILVER SPRING, MD--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) -  The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) has received an award for $16.3 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enhance the work of public health laboratories in the US and abroad. The award continues an APHL-CDC collaboration of over 20 years in support of governmental health laboratories.

Funded as a five-year cooperative agreement, the award will assist APHL to promote quality public health laboratory practice, strengthen the public health laboratory system and develop a well-trained workforce. 

"APHL is committed to improving health outcomes by strengthening the capacity of public health laboratories both nationally and globally," said Dr. Patrick Luedtke, director of the Unified State Laboratories in Utah and APHL president. "Public health laboratories protect us against diseases, environmental hazards, natural disasters and other health threats. A stronger lab system means healthier people."

APHL is a leader in development and implementation of public health laboratory practice, systems, policy and training. Members serve as laboratory first responders, protecting the public from diseases and environmental health hazards. 

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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