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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, 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 ( to register.





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.  

Biological Threat


  • 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.



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  • 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.


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.