APHL 2014 Annual Report
Publications and Resources

Public health circles will remember 2014 as “The Year of the Virus.” APHL’s activities centered on preparedness and response to these pathogens, including collaboration with CDC to deploy the Department of Defense developed Ebola assay to US LRN labs. Other activities included promoting ISO accreditation for US food and feed testing laboratories and initiating a grant program to expand state newborn screening activities for SCID. Read the annual report.

Featured Publications

Quality Systems

The Core Functions of Public Health Laboratories, 2014

In 2014, The 2010 Core Functions of State Public Health Laboratories report was revised to include all public health laboratories.

Environmental Health

Linking Environmental Laboratory Science with Epidemiologic Investigations

Tools, strategies and resources to encourage better collaboration between environmental epidemiologists and laboratorians to improve the overall environmental health system.

Preparedness and REsponse

Laboratory Response Network Brochure

Summary of the structure, responsibilities and recent activities of the Laboratory Response Network for Biological (LRN-B) and Chemical Threat Preparedness (LRN-C).

Infectious Disease

Non-Influenza Respiratory Virus Testing in the United States

In response to the MERS-CoV outbreak in 2014, APHL conducted a survey for state and local public health laboratories on non-influenza respiratory virus testing in the US.

Infectious Disease

Malaria Testing Capabilities in the United States

Survey data of malaria testing capabilities of state and local public health laboratories.

Infectious Disease

Influenza Virologic Surveillance Right Size Roadmap: Alternative Data

​Companion document to the Influenza Virologic Surveillance Right Size Roadmap containing information on benefits and types of alternative data.

Newborn screening

Newborn Screening Timeliness Survey Report

Survey report identifying gaps, barriers, current performance and best practices in newborn screening timeliness. 


Guidebook for Implementation of Laboratory Information Systems in Resource-Poor Settings

Informational materials to improve the efficiency of laboratory testing for the treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS.

Food SAfety

Culture-Independent Diagnostic Tests Fact Sheet

A look at the pros and cons of CIDTS and how they represent a major shift in the diagnosis and surveillance of foodborne pathogens.