Educational Sessions-Posters

​APHL 2020 educational content will consist of plenary, breakout and roundtable sessions and posters. Please direct all questions to Terry Reamer at 240.485.2776 or

APHL 2020 Educational Sessions

Learn More and Submit a ProposalProposals are due November 1, 2019.

Plenary and Breakout Sessions

Plenary or breakout session should be targeted to the major participant groups of APHL (state or local public health laboratories and environmental, food or agricultural laboratories).

  • Plenary sessions are 60-minute sessions

  • Breakout sessions may be 30, 45, or 60-minute sessions that run concurrently with other session

Sessions generally have a moderator and two or three speakers. Panel discussions or other interactive/informational sessions generally addressing a specific issue, program or core public health function may be appropriate. In addition, we are challenging presenters to include evidence-based science and participant interaction in the sessions.

Roundtable Sessions

Roundtables are small, informal 60-minute moderator-guided discussions concerning hot topics on laboratory issues. The topics are usually focused on a single topic to facilitate discussion and participant interaction. Each roundtable will occupy a room with several banquet rounds and flip charts. No other audiovisual materials are provided.

APHL 2020 Poster Presentations

Learn More and Submit a Poster AbstractAbstracts are due January 17, 2020

All abstract submissions must be submitted online and include the following information: name of presenter, institution, department, mailing address, phone number, email address and suggested topic. The abstract text limit is 2,500 characters including punctuation but not spacing.

Poster presentations will be limited to a maximum of eight feet wide by four feet high (8’w x 4’h). Posters must be oriented and mounted horizontally.

Posters should emphasize visual materials: photographs, drawings and graphic representations of statistical data. Text material should be limited to summarizing key points. The use of color is welcome but not essential. It is also recommended that you try to subdivide your presentation (abstract, methods, results, conclusions, etc.).

Session and Poster Topics

Educational topics of high interest include (but are not limited to):

Environmental, Food and Agriculture

  • Agricultural (pesticide residues, animal feed, labeling accuracy)

  • Veterinary (veterinary public health, emerging animal and zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial resistance, global surveillance, field and laboratory investigations)

  • Environmental (biomonitoring and environmental health surveillance, emerging environmental health threats, environmental policy, water security, source tracking, forensic and toxicology testing)

  • Food safety and security

  • Marijuana, hemp, opioids and other exposure substances

Infectious Diseases and Clinical

  • Diagnostics and emerging technologies (molecular testing, culture independent diagnostics, method development, genomic epidemiology, bioinformatics, rapid testing)

  • Infectious diseases (Influenza, HIV, STD, TB, foodborne, respiratory and vector-borne diseases, antimicrobial resistance, vaccine-preventable disease)

  • Newborn screening and genetics (method development and implementation, screening panel composition, timeliness of screening, policy development)

  • Outbreaks and emerging infections

Cross-cutting Laboratory

  • Current events, emerging topics

  • Emergency preparedness and response (continuity of operations, high-consequence pathogens, LRN-B, -C & -R)

  • Role of laboratory data (policy development, addressing public health disparities, epi/lab collaboration)

  • Informatics (knowledge management, electronic test ordering and reporting)

  • Quality laboratory systems (biosafety, chemical safety, quality management, continuing quality improvement, LSIP follow-up, laboratory efficiencies, laboratory systems and standards, certification and accreditation, IQCP)

  • Partnerships, training and outreach

  • Workforce development (training/credentials, innovative recruitment and retention activities, advocating for laboratories, competencies strategies, competencies implementations, diversity)

  • Communications and public relations (communication strategies, social media, legislative relations)

  • Next generation sequencing (veterinary, food safety, infectious disease and clinical)

Global Health

  • Biosafety & biosecurity 

  • Strengthening laboratory systems (enhancing testing capacity, strategic planning, international sister laboratory reports)

  • One Health