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Spring 2024

  • APHL Hosts Laboratory Leaders of Today in Atlanta
  • In February 2024, APHL hosted the week-long Laboratory Leaders of Today meeting in Atlanta, GA, attended by new laboratory directors and APHL's Emerging Leader Program Cohort 17. Informative sessions from APHL's Career Pathways and communications programs on topics such as the power of mentorship and effective public health communication provided a robust week of education and leadership preparation for the attendees.

  • APHL Receives Funding to Strengthen Public Health Laboratory Systems to Improve Food Safety
  • APHL recently received an award from FDA to help build an integrated laboratory system to advance the safety of human and animal food. The three-year grant will enable APHL to support the critical role of state public health and agriculture laboratories in identifying, containing and preventing hazards in the food supply. APHL’s work will include assessing national testing capability and capacity; developing best practices and other guidance manuals; and offering trainings, meetings and other educational resources.

  • Measles Outbreaks Still Occur: How the APHL/CDC VPD Reference Centers Are Working to Identify Them
  • A vaccine to prevent measles has been available since 1963. And yet this highly contagious disease, characterized by fever, respiratory symptoms and a telltale body rash, is still with us. While measles is thought of as a childhood illness, its outcomes can be far from benign. According to CDC, 1 in 5 unvaccinated people who contract the virus will be hospitalized. One in every 20 children with the disease will develop pneumonia. And up to 3 of every 1,000 children infected will die from the neurological and respiratory complications measles cause.

  • Nashville-based Laboratory Interns and Mentors Achieve Perfect Harmony
  • APHL, in collaboration with CDC, launched the Public Health Laboratory Internship Program: an APHL-CDC Initiative in March 2023. The program offers paid internships that provide an opportunity for current students to gain basic laboratory science skills by working alongside a mentor at a public health laboratory. Since its inception, the internship program focused on recruiting underrepresented students into the public health laboratory career field. To facilitate these efforts, APHL continually cultivates partnerships between minority-serving academic institutions and their local public health laboratories, encouraging students to apply to the internship program. Early outcomes are showing that this approach is working.

  • CDC’s Labs Are Making a Comeback. Now They Need Support
  • The pandemic early exposed weaknesses in CDC’s laboratories. The agency has since adopted important organizational and culture changes that are good first steps, but more must be done, argue APHL leaders in a recent Scientific American piece. This includes more funding and support for the agency and its laboratories.

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