Idaho Bureau of Laboratories (IBL) provides educational and outreach opportunities on topics of interest to Idaho's clinical and environmental laboratory communities.
IBL staff work with the Association of Public Health Laboratories, the Laboratory Response Network, and other organizations to provide seminars and trainings for a wide range of audiences, including healthcare laboratory professionals and first responders.
IBL frequently hosts teleconference, webinar presentations, and trainings produced by state laboratories, federal agencies, and professional organizations. Teleconferences will be held at Idaho Bureau of Laboratories. Laboratory professionals are invited to attend any of these educational opportunities at IBL, but advance registration is required. Contact Gabe Kimlinger (Gabriel.Kimlinger@dhw.idaho.gov) to register.
October 22, 2019: Hepatitis C, Completing the Diagnosis with HCV RNA Testing
New cases of acute hepatitis C have increased rapidly in the US since 2010, and have most often been associated with injection drug use. Efforts to diagnose and link individuals to care need to significantly increase to reduce the rates of acute HCV infection. The recommended testing algorithm for the diagnosis of HCV requires an initial screen with an HCV antibody test which, if reactive, should be followed by an HCV Nucleic Acid Test (NAT) to detect the viral RNA present in a person with a current infection. This webinar will share the experiences of two jurisdictions that have implemented HCV RNA testing. The presentations will highlight the collaborations between the public health laboratory and the health department from planning to implementation and sustaining testing.
All of the following are online training offerings that are provided free of charge. Browse the CDC Laboratory Training for other topics not listed below.
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July 2018 Idaho Laboratory System Improvement Program (L-SIP) Follow-up Report
June 2017 Idaho Laboratory System Improvement Program (L-SIP) Assessment Report
What is L-SIP?
APHL’s Laboratory System Improvement Program (L-SIP) advances the efficacy of state and local public health laboratory systems through a guided process of performance evaluation, system
improvements, and periodic evaluation and reassessment.
This is a facilitated process by professionals skilled in public health and with strong facilitation skills. The process and results of the assessment will aid us in identifying the following:
Frequently Asked Questions
What actions will follow the assessment?
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