contents COLUMNS 2 LAB MATTERS President and Executive Director’s Message SECTIONS Global Health analysis|answers|action Fall 2016 Issue 4 4 APHL Powers Labs in Africa 5 Milwaukee PHL Hosts Public Health Officials from Nigeria 14 GHSA and Biosafety Cabinet Certification Around the Globe STRENGTHENING LAB SYSTEMS UNDER 15 Uganda Launches Laboratory Network Self-Assessments 16 Improving QMS in Zimbabwe Partner Profile 12 15 Minutes with Lenoard Peruski Food Safety 17 PulseNet International Expands Regions, Technologies Public Health Preparedness and Response Inside: 5 Milwaukee PHL Hosts Public Health Officials from Nigeria 12 15 Minutes with Leonard Peruski 24 Using Lab Automation to Stay Ahead of Public Health Threats 18 APHL Delivers Biological Safety Cabinet Training in East Africa 19 The Laboratory Response Network: A Blueprint for GHSA National Laboratory Infrastructure ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORIES Infectious Diseases Feature Article: 20 Wadsworth Center Virology Laboratory Identifies Large Mumps Outbreak in Nassau County, NY 6 STRENGTHENING LAB SYSTEMS UNDER GHSA 21 Leaders in HCV Diagnostics Gather in Atlanta The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) aims to assure all participating countries implement the revised WHO International Health Regulations so they are able to prevent, detect and respond to disease outbreaks in near real-time. APHL is using the lessons learned in-country through PEPFAR programs to support GHSA initiatives involving public health laboratories around the world. Environmental Health 22 Protecting Communities: MN Biomonitoring and MN Environmental Public Health Tracking Industry Matters 24 Using Lab Automation to Stay Ahead of Public Health Threats Newborn Screening 25 NewSTEPs Convenes Short Term Follow-Up Stakeholders Meeting APHL LAB MATTERS STAFF Institutional Research Steven Oatmeyer, Art Director 26 Data Dive: 2016 Laboratorian Workforce Survey Liz Lacson, Production Assistant Gynene Sullivan, Editor Jody DeVoll, Advisor Member Spotlight APHL BOARD OF DIRECTORS 28 Massachusetts State PHL: Moving Forward with Dedication and Vision A. Christian Whelen, PhD, D(ABMM), president 30 Supporting Farms, Families and the Environment in Ventura County Ewa King, PhD, president-elect Communications Christopher G. Atchison, MPA, secretary-treasurer 32 In Memoriam 8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 700 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Phone: Fax: E-mail: Web: 240.485.2745 240.485.2700 email@example.com www.aphl.org Joanne Bartkus, PhD, D(ABMM) member-at-large Digital Extra Grace E. Kubin, PhD, member-at-large 33 Tools You Can Use Michael Pentella, member-at-large Maria Lucia Ishida, PhD, public health associate institutional member representative Bonny Lewis Van, PhD, FACB, HCLD(ABB), local institutional member representative Mark Wade, local institutional member representative Judith C. Lovchik, PhD, D(ABMM), past president Scott J. Becker, MS, ex officio executive director, APHL Download the Lab Matters App! Read articles on your mobile device through the customized Lab Matters app and subscribe to the digital edition by emailing SubscribeLM@aphl.org. APPLE PublicHealthLabs @APHL APHL.org ANDROID The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) works to strengthen laboratory systems serving the public’s health in the US and globally. APHL’s member laboratories protect the public’s health by monitoring and detecting infectious and foodborne diseases, environmental contaminants, terrorist agents, genetic disorders in newborns and other diverse health threats. This publication was supported by Cooperative Agreement #NU600E000103, #U2GGH001097, #1U500E000094-01 and #NU2GGH001993 funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); by Cooperative Agreement #U22MC24078 and #UG5MC27837 funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); by Cooperative Agreement #1U18FD004710 funded by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and by Assistance Agreement #83483301 funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC, HRSA, FDA, EPA or the Department of Health and Human Services. To submit an article for consideration, contact Gynene Sullivan, editor, at gynene.sullivan@ aphl.org.