Laboratory System Improvement Program

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Promoting System Improvement

Connect to your system partners with a Laboratory System Improvement Program (L-SIP) assessment, now available to all state and local public health laboratory systems. Thirty-one states and four local municipalities have already completed an L-SIP assessment. Three states have completed an L-SIP reassessment.


What is L-SIP?

APHL’s Laboratory System Improvement Program (L-SIP) advances the efficacy of state and local public health laboratory systems through a guided process of performance evaluation, system improvements, and periodic evaluation and reassessment. Participating member laboratories receive resources and technical assistance to guide them on their way to system excellence.

Why L-SIP?

Here are some of the benefits that L-SIP produces for state and local public health laboratory systems:

  • Provides a foundation for the accreditation of state and local public health departments by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).
  • Provides a benchmark for public health laboratory system practice improvements, by setting a “gold standard” to which public health systems can aspire.
  • Improves communication and collaboration by bringing partners (e.g., ​first responders, key constituencies, public health and other laboratories, etc.) together.

L-SIP Marketing Materials 
For a program overview on L-SIP, refer to this L-SIP flyer.
For a list of program benefits and reasons why a system should conduct an L-SIP assessment, refer to this L-SIP marketing flyer.

Resources for L-SIP Participants 

System assessment reference documents:

Assessment reports from past L-SIP participants

Examples of L-SIP Websites from Previous Assessments:

Web Communicator: A template that can be used for developing a state or local-specific website to communicate with partners on the status of the L-SIP process and ongoing quality improvement activities.

Quality Improvement Forum calls: These bimonthly teleconferences are an opportunity for APHL members to share quality improvement activities and learn about quality improvement techniques. Contact Tina Su to add your email address to the distribution list and receive call information.

  • May 2013 - Quality Assurance Planning

  • July 2013 - State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa Strategic Planning

  • September 2013 - New Features in ISO 15189: 2012

  • November 2013 - Making Changes After a Risk Assessment

  • January 2014 - City of Milwaukee Laboratory Post-L-SIP Assessment Activities

  • March 2014 - New Mexico Department of Health Scientific Laboratory Division Training Program

  • May 2014 - Creating Process Improvement Teams

  • July 2014 - Building an Outreach and Training Program in Indiana

  • October 2014 - Tulare County Public Health Lab's Lean Journey

  • December 2014 - North Carolina L-SIP Experience

  • February 2015 - Orange County L-SIP Strategic Plan

  • April 2015 - Core Functions Overview

  • June 2015 - Quality Indicators