Online Program

Unlocking ability of public health leaders through a practical, participatory seminar in management of public health laboratory systems

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Ralph Timperi, MPH, Laboratory Practice & Management, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Silver Spring, MD
APHL and George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Services established the Institute for Public Health Laboratory Management in 2006 to meet a pressing need for strengthening the capability of national public health laboratory networks to provide quality services for surveillance, emergency response and reliable, timely information to guide public health treatment and prevention actions and long-term planning. Under the World Health Organization International Health Regulations (IHR, 2005), member countries committed to developing core surveillance capacities to detect, report and respond to public health risks and emergencies of international concern. A strong public health laboratory is an essential component for addressing the array of known and new emergent health threats. However, the state of national public health laboratories and their networks is recognized as weak due to limited funding, insufficient staff and other constraints, and in 2005 when the IHR was issued there was no clear plan for strengthening this key component of the health system. The Institute has offered an annual two-week seminar from 2007-2012 and graduated 171 public health leaders from 28 countries, with 145 graduates from 18 African countries. The program was provided at GWU/SPHHS from 2007-2010, in Namibia in 2011 and Tanzania in 2012. The comprehensive program has evolved and shown that concrete improvements can be made in national public health laboratory systems as a result of participation by public health laboratory leaders in this intensive and interactive learning opportunity.

Learning Areas:

Basic medical science applied in public health
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe the strategic objectives, curriculum and teaching methods of the APHL/GWU Management of Public Health Laboratory Systems Professional Development Seminar for Public Health Laboratory Leaders. Describe and assess the outcomes of the Seminar and related initiatives of participants in their work following graduation.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was a state public health laboratory director for 18 years, have directed numerous international public health laboratory projects in over 15 countries, and been a principal or co-principal of several federally funded grants. I have been a course director of an epidemiology course at the graduate school level. I am the Senior Director for Laboratory Practice & Management at APHL. My interests are in laboratory systems planning and disease surveillance.
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.