Fact Sheets

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APHL Fact Sheets

​APHL annually identifies federal policy measures needed to improve the operations of laboratories involved with public health testing. It presents its recommendations in fact sheets.


Biosafety and Biosecurity

Strengthening Biosafety and Biosecurity
To ensure that laboratories can safely and quickly detect threats, it is imperative to have a long-term, sustainable funding strategy for biosafety and biosecurity.

Environmental Health

Biomonitoring: Analysis of Human Exposure to Chemicals
Data from biomonitoring assess exposure to environmental chemicals in the US population and provide valuable information when correlated with health outcome data.

Protecting our Water from Contamination
Environmental laboratories routinely monitor air, water and soil samples to prevent unintentional (as well as intentional) environmental contamination, and to ensure that populations are not exposed to unhealthy levels of contaminants.

Stories From the Field - Healthier Communities: Thanks to the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network
The Public Health Tracking Network collects environmental data to better understand the impact of environmental exposures and contaminants on local communities.

Food Safety

Ensuring A Strong Surveillance System
The national laboratory capacity for food testing is stronger than it has ever been; however, notable gaps remain.

Global Health

Supporting the US Global Health Security Agenda & the Ebola Response
Support activities under the Global Health Security Agenda to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats.

Stories from the Field - Ebola in Texas
As Ebola arrived in the US, the Texas Public Health Laboratory was ready.

Infectious Diseases

Lack of Funds Jeopardizes Disease Detection
Increased funding is essential to preserve existing capabilities and capacity, enhance surveillance for new strains of influenza and provide improved responsiveness to the growing problem of emerging diseases.

Stories from the Field - Modernizing Influenza Surveillance
The Advanced Molecular Detection Initiative is reshaping influenza surveillance.

Stories From the Field - New York City's 2015 Legionella Outbreak
The Advanced Molecular Detection Initiative was critical to halting New York City's largest Legionella outbreak by identifying common water sources with infected patients.

Newborn Screening

Newborn Screening and Genetic Testing
Increase funding to enhance and assist states in improving state newborn screening programs, including providing education and training in newborn screening technologies, as well as coordinate follow-up care.

Public Health Preparedness and Response

Public Health Laboratory Response
Increase CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness funding to support the Laboratory Response Network (LRN), preparedness training, radiological detection improvements and other essential laboratory response functions.

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