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.

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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.

​​L-SIP Participants, by Year

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