APHL-Association of Public Health Laboratories
The State Public Health Laboratory serving Minnesota has elected to participate in Laboratory System Improvement Program (L-SIP) on June 15, 2010 and welcomes its partners to the process.
L-SIP, initially implemented in 2007, is a program of the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), an organization that represents the interests of public health laboratories nationally and internationally.
Laboratory System Improvement Program - two page L-SIP overview
The State Public Health Laboratory System (SPHL System) consists of all the organizations that participate in or otherwise support public health laboratory testing.
SPHL System: An alliance of laboratories and other partners within a state that supports the ten essential public health services under the aegis of the state public health laboratory. The system members and stakeholders operate in an interconnected and interdependent way to facilitate the exchange of information, optimize laboratory services, and help control and prevent disease and public health threats.
Mission: To establish a system that measures the performance of state public health systems and supports their continuous improvement.
Vision: A healthy world though improved public health practice and highly functioning and effective laboratory systems.
L-SIP provides a number of benefits to all of the stakeholders of the MN Public Health Laboratory, including:
- Strengthening relationships between the partners that comprise the broader laboratory system
- Improving performance of the state public health laboratory system
- Educating system partners, elected officials and the public about the laboratory system and the important role each organization plays
- Identifying areas in need of advocacy and increased resources
L-SIP is available to all SPHL Systems. Over 20 states have completed the assessment and most are engaged in system improvement activities.
L-SIP Participation Map