​​The Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) Program strengthens public health laboratories’ response to all-hazard threats such as biological, chemical, radiological or nuclear emergencies and natural disasters. Through partnerships and outreach, development of trainings and tools, and providing cri​sis management assistance, APHL's PHPR Program focuses on building laboratory capabilities and capacity, strengthening biosafety and biosecurity initiatives and coordinating laboratory responses during public health emergencies.

​Strengthening Laboratory Preparedness and Response 

APHL works to strengthen public health laboratories' preparedness and response through the following goals:​​

  1. ​Support workforce development initiatives to ensure member laboratories can safely and effectively respond to all-hazard threats

  2. Collaborate with partners to evaluate new technologies, enhance electronic data exchange systems and share resources

  3. Facilitate communications and enhance partnerships among member and clinical laboratories, first responders, corporate partners, non-governmental organizations and federal agencies

  4. Coordinate with CDC to provide leadership and support for the Laboratory Response Network (LRN)

  5. Serve as a crisis response coordination center to rapidly support members and key partners to help ensure continuity of essential public health services

  6. Shape legislation, regulations and promote policies that support laboratory preparedness and response​

Building Public Health Laboratory Capacity and Capabilities

The PHPR Program at APHL is committed to forging and maintaining collaborations among public health laboratories, sentinel clinical laboratories, and the first responder community, through the development and distribution of training programs and tools aimed at enhancing preparedness. Additionally, the program actively engages in crisis management activities during emergency responses to ensure a coordinated and effective approach from our member laboratories.

Our Partners: 

  • Sentinel Clinical Laboratories
  • First Responders 
  • College of American Pathologists (CAP)
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM) 
  • National Institutes for Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) 
Read more about our partnerships and outreach initiatives here.

Supporting Biosafety and Biosecurity Activities 

APHL holds a key position in enhancing biosafety and biosecurity practices. To strengthen capacity in public health laboratories, APHL provides guidance and tools, including biosafety trainings and workshops. APHL advocates for policies that enhance biosafety, maintaining a Biosafety and Biosecurity Committee and collaborating with the CDC. APHL, in partnership with the CDC, offers a range of resources, including risk assessments, checklists, factsheets, and training, to fortify biosafety practices in public health and clinical laboratories.

APHL Biosafety Initiatives: 

  • BioSafe360 Program: Strengthening Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity
  • ISO 35001: Bio-risk management for laboratories and other related organizations
  • APHL Biosafety Peer Network Program
Learn more about our Biosafety and Biosecurity activities here. 

Implementing Action-Driven Fellowship Opportunities in Laboratory Preparedness

APHL collaborates with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide a range of laboratory fellowship programs, aiming to train and equip scientists for roles in public health laboratories and contribute to the advancement of public health initiatives.

Biosafety and Biosecurity Fellowship 

The Biosafety and Biosecurity Fellowship focus area will prepare fellows with a background in public health science for careers involving biosafety and biosecurity and public health laboratories (PHL) and will support initiatiatives aimed at enhancing biosafety and biosecurity practices. Learn More.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Fellowship 

The new Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Fellowship focus area will prepare fellows with a background in public health science for careers involving emergency management and public health laboratories (PHL) and will support initiatives related to strengthening laboratory preparedness and response for all-hazard threats. Learn More.