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prepared to detect and respond to resistant infections. APHL supports public health laboratories in combatting antimicrobial resistance by assessing capability and capacity, conducting training and liaising with clinical laboratory partners. APHL also participates in multi-organizational efforts​ to release guidance, develop educational materials for laboratories and sponsors forums for public health and clinical laboratories to foster a seamless exchange of specimens and information.​

Public Health Labs and the AR Laboratory Network 

In 2016, CDC established the Antimicrobial (AR) Laboratory Network, which is comprised of 56 public health laboratories. Using conventional and advanced methods to detect and characterize antimicrobial resistant organisms, the AR Lab Network detects changes in resistance and helps identify outbreaks of antimicrobial diseases.​

In addition to enhanced capacity in 50 states, five large cities, and Puerto Rico, seven of the public health laboratories were designated as regional laboratories to provide nationwide coverage for complex antimicrobial resistance testing. The AR Lab Network also includes the National Tuberculosis Molecular Surveillance Center located at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services which performs genotyping for all TB cases in the US. 

APHL supports the AR Lab Network with communications, fellowships and liaising with public health and laboratory partners. APHL also supports electronic test ordering and resulting from regional labs back to submitters and to CDC and provides technical assistance in implementing electronic laboratory reporting protocols.​

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AR Lab Network Regional Laboratories

Northeast Region: Wadsworth Center (NY)

Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Public Health Laboratory

Southeast Region: Tennessee State Public Health Laboratory

Midwest Region: Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene

Central Region: Minnesota Department of Health Public Health Laboratory

Mountain Region: Utah Public Health Laboratory

West Region: Washington Public Health Laboratory

AR Lab Network Resources

Quarterly Newsletters

  • ​February 2022, June 2022, September 2022​​​

Educational Resources

APHL Communications​​