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October 22, 2018

Training & Outreach

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 and webinar presentations produced by state laboratories, federal agencies, and professional organizations. A schedule of upcoming presentations can be found below.

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 Michael Stevenson (michael.stevenson@dhw.idaho.gov) to register.

  • Ethical Vigilance: Lessons for Environmental Laboratories and Beyond (APHL)
    • October 01, 2018 12:00pm
    • Description: ​Each year, the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) provides a comprehensive environmental laboratory ethics webinar. How do you ensure you don't misreport QC samples, time travel or improperly calibrate instruments? These are important questions to answer, but what about the broader, philosophical aspects of ethics? How can you build a foundation to support ethical decision-making in your life both inside and outside the laboratory? 

      Ethics keynote speaker Rashmi Airan will explore these questions and more. Ms. Airan was raised in a cultured, educated family, committed to community service and doing the right things, but then she took a wrong turn. Her recovery from that mistake is a fascinating story. 

      Kicked off by a brief primer on environmental laboratory ethics by Shane Olund of Minnesota Public Health Laboratory, this webinar will tell a story of early success, ethical misses and personal redemption that speaks to every person and professional. Rashmi Airan will inspire you to commit to ethics.

     

  • Leadership in Biosafety (APHL)
    • October 02, 2018 12:00pm
    • Description: ​This APHL webinar will provide information on tools to strengthen leadership among biosafety professionals along with professional development opportunities through the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA). Participants will also hear from
      two biosafety professionals on the value of APHL’s Biosafety Peer Network.
  • Public-Private Partnerships to Enhance Laboratory Preparedness and Response (APHL)
    • October 03, 2018 12:00pm
    • Description:  ​APHL’s Public Health Preparedness and Response Program is pleased to partner with ASM to convene this webinar which will discuss current efforts and resources available to ensure that all laboratories are prepared to safely respond to potential biological threat agents.

     

  • Vaccine Preventable Disease Reference Centers Update
    • October 10, 2018 1:00pm
    • Description:  The Vaccine Preventable Disease (VPD) Reference Centers were established by APHL and CDC in 2013 to provide molecular testing for vaccine preventable pathogens with low incidence in the US. This webinar will review the history of the VPD Reference Centers, their evolving role in VPD surveillance and outbreak response and the surveillance data on viral VPD pathogens collected to date. Emphasis will be placed on new approaches to making the best use of laboratory resources during prolonged mumps outbreaks and the impact that the large number of mumps cases and outbreaks reported in 2016 and 2017 had on VPD Reference Center Resources.

​Each year, the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) provides a comprehensive environmental laboratory ethics webinar. How do you ensure you don't misreport QC samples, time travel or improperly calibrate instruments? These are important questions to answer, but what about the broader, philosophical aspects of ethics? How can you build a foundation to support ethical decision-making in your life both inside and outside the laboratory? 

Ethics keynote speaker Rashmi Airan will explore these questions and more. Ms. Airan was raised in a cultured, educated family, committed to community service and doing the right things, but then she took a wrong turn. Her recovery from that mistake is a fascinating story. 

Kicked off by a brief primer on environmental laboratory ethics by Shane Olund of Minnesota Public Health Laboratory, this webinar will tell a story of early success, ethical misses and personal redemption that speaks to every person and professional. Rashmi Airan will inspire you to commit to ethics.

​This APHL webinar will provide information on tools to strengthen leadership among
biosafety professionals along with professional development opportunities through
the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA). Participants will also hear from
two biosafety professionals on the value of APHL’s Biosafety Peer Network.

All of the following are online training offerings that are provided free of charge.  

Biological Threat

Biosecurity

  • Biosecurity for Clinical Laboratories:  This course is for clinical laboratorians who want to improve their knowledge of biosecurity practices that protect against unauthorized access, loss, theft, misuse, diversion or intentional release of dangerous biological materials.

CLIA

Microbiology

Packaging and Shipping

Safety

X-Ray 

  • X-ray Basics: This is a web-based training course that covers the basics of X-ray, radiation safety, Idaho Radiation Control Rules, and inspection of X-ray producing devices. The course meets the minimum requirement for X-ray training under IDAPA 16.02.27.

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:

  1. gaps and weaknesses in the state laboratory system,
  2. lack of coordination,
  3. duplication of services, and
  4. the need for new and/or additional services or resources.

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the purpose of L-SIP?
    • To strengthen the Local and State Public Health Laboratory Systems (PHL System) by developing and implementing improvement plans based on identified strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Why should we do a State PHL System Assessment?
    • To measure, through a collaborative process with system partners, the strengths and weaknesses of the regional system. The results provide the basis for improvement activities and provide a baseline to evaluate future improvement efforts.  
  3. Are all of the 11 Core Functions of Public Health Laboratories encompassed in the 10 Essential Services?
    • Yes they are. In some cases, more than one core laboratory function is
      represented in a specific essential service.
  4. What is the “gold standard” as applied to a performance standard?
    • The “gold standards” identify what is currently thought to be the very best attainable levels of service and system attributes that can be achieved at the public health laboratory system level. Scoring a performance standard at the highest level implies that system performance is at or near optimal levels although improvement can always take place.
  5. What is a System Improvement Plan? 
    • A system improvement plan is a plan designed to address the findings of the assessment and is intended to raise the level of performance among system partners, both collectively and individually. The goal of a system improvement plan is to strategically move the public health laboratory system toward operational efficiency, effectiveness and adaptability.
  6. Who should participate in a system assessment? 
    • State and local public health professionals, representatives of university/academia, hospital infection control staff, hospital, private and independent laboratories, emergency planners and first responders, environmental agencies and others as appropriate. Any group of individuals who participate in working with the Local Public Health Laboratory to assure protection of the public’s health may be included. 
  7. Tell me more about the assessment process. 
    • The assessment will begin with an orientation to the State Public Health Laboratory System and the scoring process.
    • Three breakout groups based on subject matter expertise will be formed.
    • Each breakout group will assess three Essential Services throughout the day.
    • Each breakout group will have a professional facilitator with a background in public health who will guide the discussion.
    • Each breakout group will have theme takers and vote counters who will be responsible for 1) noting the key concepts from the discussions that illuminate system strengths and weaknesses, 2) documenting “back burner or parking lot” issues, 3) recording the negotiated score for each question, and 4) recording the top 1-3 next steps for each essential service.
  8. How are the assessment scores shared? 
    • A scoring tool will be used to record the ratings and to provide a graphic display of the results. The scores will be shared at the end of the meeting and distributed to stakeholders throughout the system.
  9. What actions will follow the assessment?

    • Idaho Bureau of Laboratories plans to review the assessment results and initiate strategic planning aimed at improving the state laboratory system.

Contact Information

Deputy Laboratory Director:
     Michael Stevenson
     (208) 334-0569
     (208) 334-4765 (fax) 

     
     michael.stevenson@dhw.idaho.gov