​​​​​Summer 201​8​

APHL breaks down complex concepts with videos for a variety of audiences

​Photo: A still frame from the "What is Environmental Health Testing?" video

​How can you cover complex laboratory topics in minutes? One answer is to use video. Recent videos from APHL introduce the public to the rarified subjects of environmental health testing and biomonitor​ing. Two other videos provide training in biomonitoring results reporting and specimen collection for laboratory professionals.

What is Environm​​ental Health Testing?  

A good question indeed! The definition of environmental health testing can be elusive even for those in related fields. This animated video, directed to public audiences, offers an entertaining overview of the many applications of environmental health testing and explains how it protects our health. (Length: 1.26 min.)

What is Biomo​​​nitoring?

Biomonitoring is hardly a household word, yet it serves the public's interest by assessing exposure to environmental contaminants in human specimens such as blood or urine. This video, created in collaboration with the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, explains the process, value and limitations of biomonitoring.  (Length: 3.22 min.)

Communicating Biom​​onitoring Results

It is no simple task to explain biomonitoring test results to affected communities and individuals. Scientists must summarize nuanced data, restate findings in lay language, convey the appropriate level of concern and prompt follow-up action where needed. This video guides scientists through developing, implementing and evaluating a health risk communication plan for human biomonitoring. (Length: 38 min.)

Collecting Biom​onitoring Specimens

Quality testing cannot compensate for improper collection of human biomonitoring specimens.  Improper collection can result in specimen contamination, interference that complicates testing and/or the loss of the analyte. This video outlines best practices to ensure the proper collection, handling and transport of human clinical specimens for biomonitoring. (Length: 15 min.) ​​