Idaho Bureau of Laboratories (IBL) is organizationally structured within the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Division of Public Health. Dr. Christopher Ball, Ph.D., HCLD (ABB) is the current Bureau Chief and Laboratory Director. IBL is Idaho's only public health laboratory.
The role of IBL is to provide laboratory services to support the programs within the Department of Health and Welfare, Idaho's seven public health districts, other state agencies, and citizens. These services can be organized into four functional domains.
- Electronic test requests and results:
-Access electronic test requests: LabOnline
-Access online test results: Web Portal
- Communicable disease agents in clinical specimens: Clinical test request forms
- Contaminants or adulterants in water, food, and soil: Environmental test request forms
- Biological and chemical threat test request forms
- Clinical and environmental laboratories
- X-ray and mammography units
- Air quality monitoring stations
- Consultation and workforce development
- Continuing educations seminars and telelectures
- Scientific presentations at local, regional, and national meetings
- Development and evaluation of new analytical methods
- Maintenance of the Idaho Sentinel Laboratory Network
- Publication of applied public health research
The Northern Plains Consortium (NPC), consisting of state public health laboratory members from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and later Idaho, was formed in 2006 as part of a CDC grant initiative to “integrate clinical laboratories into public health.” The intent of the NPC is to develop a regional public health laboratory system where collaboration and laboratory system improvement activities are established across the region. The NPC has utilized this collaboration in activities such as a Biosafety Officials Program, shared testing services, workshops/training, and an Emerging Leaders Program.