Pre-conference Workshops

June 3, 8:00-11:30 am

Make the most of your APHL 2019 experience by attending one of four exciting pre-conference workshops. Each workshop has a separate registration fee of $125. They will take place concurrently, so please only register for one workshop.

Communicating Value: Telling Your PHL’s Story to Journalists and Other Audiences

Your public health laboratory is doing fascinating and valuable work that people want and need to understand – so how do you communicate about it with journalists, decision makers, students, public information officers and other members of your community? This workshop will focus on the skills necessary to convey technical subjects to non-science audiences.


  • Michelle Forman, manager, Media, APHL
  • Gynene Sullivan, MA, CAPM, manager, Communications, APHL

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Pumping Data into the Digital Heart: How Laboratories Can Gain Efficiencies in Their LIMS​​​

Many public health laboratories are facing the need to customize, configure or upgrade current Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). This process requires laboratories to evaluate current business and technological needs in order to establish LIMS guidance, requirements and standards that will support their organizational mission. Through facilitated discussion and presentations using real life examples, session participants will consider how laboratory informatics needs have evolved, and best practices to counter those problems as they arise in the LIMS.


  • Jon Lipsky, MBA, PMP, J Michael Consulting
  • Mary Kate Yost-Daljev, PhD, J Michael Consulting


  • Frank Delin, BA, director, State Hygienic Laboratory at The University of Iowa, Office of Information and Technology
  • Keith Higginbotham, BS, Alabama Department of Public Health
  • Shondra Johnson, PMP, Missouri State Public Health Laboratory
  • Dari Shirazi, BA, manager, Health Information Technology, APHL

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Developing Leadership Skills: Effective Meetings, Coaching Skills and Time Management​​​

This interactive workshop will provide hands-on instruction related to managing challenging workforce issues. Participants will learn facilitation tools to structure, manage and lead effective meetings; they will learn coaching principles and practices to improve interpersonal dynamics with their staff; and they will learn time management skills to resolve or cope with competing priorities.


  • Scott Hughes, PhD, associate director, New York City Public Health Laboratory


  • Andrew Cannons, PhD, HCLD(ABB), laboratory director, Florida Department of Health Bureau of Public Health Laboratories - Tampa, Florida Department of Health
  • Leah D. Gillis, PhD, HCLD(ABB), APHL Workforce Development Committee chairperson, retired laboratory director, Florida Department of Health Bureau of Public Health Laboratories - Miami
  • Pandora Ray, MA, MPH, advisor, Leadership Development, APHL
  • Kathleen Street, MS, PMP, laboratory resource group manager, Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Kathryn Wangsness, MHA, chief, Arizona State Public Health Laboratory Office of Laboratory Services

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Bioinformatics Platform Options for Public Health Laboratorians​

With the introduction of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) into public health laboratories, building infrastructure for data analysis is one of the biggest challenges. Attendees will participate in a combination of lectures and small group demonstration stations to get a deeper understanding of the types of platform options to host bioinformatics pipelines.


  • Christin L. Hanigan, PhD, senior specialist, Advanced Molecular Detection, APHL


  • Logan Fink, MS, bioinformatician, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Kevin Libuit, MS, bioinformatics regional support lead scientist, Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services
  • Kelly Oakeson, PhD, chief scientist, Bioinformatics and Next Generation Sequencing, Utah Department of Health Public Health Laboratory
  • Joel Sevinsky, PhD, principal, bioinformatics consultant, Northeast Region, Theiagen Consulting LLC

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