241632 A local application of the Laboratory System Improvement Program assessment tool

Monday, October 31, 2011

Bertina Su, MPH, BA , Laboratory System and Standards, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Silver Spring, MD
M. Stephen Gradus, PhD , Milwaukee Health Department Laboratories, Milwaukee, WI
In Fall 2010, the City of Milwaukee Health Department Public Health Laboratory (MHDL) was the first local institution to tailor and use the Association of Public Health Laboratories' (APHL) “state” Laboratory System Improvement Program (L-SIP) performance measurement tool to assess the local public health laboratory system. This session will highlight modifications of L-SIP tool and share the definition of a local public health laboratory system used to assess local laboratory system capacity. The local public health laboratory system improvement program experience will also be described during this session. Approximately 60 members of the laboratory system, representing over 35 agencies as well as 15 MHDL and Milwaukee Health Department staff members, participated in the assessment. The event encouraged a conversation among stakeholders and was received positively. This session will highlight the findings from the assessment, as well as identify some of the post-assessment quality improvement activities.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe three major changes made to the APHL L-SIP tool for use in the Milwaukee local public health laboratory system assessment. 2. List commonalities and differences between the state and local public health laboratory systems. 3. Name two examples of post-assessment follow-up activities.

Keywords: Quality Improvement, Infrastructure

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am a Specialist of Public Health Programs and responsible for APHL's Laboratory System Improvement Program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.