Lab Matters Summer 2018 - Page 5

president’s & executive director’s message years. It’s fascinating. We have fellowships in bioinformatics and the fellows are just wonderful young people who are eager to do great things in public health. They really are our future. Bartkus: Another thing that has influenced my thinking about data, and the way we need to work, is that it’s not going to be done in any one place. One of the priorities on APHL’s strategic map is to develop partnerships or better relationships with nontraditional partners for data analytics. This morning I heard about Florida’s work with Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, their collaboration with a variety of partners on the genomic epidemiology of that virus, and how that collaboration resulted in a better understanding of how viruses from Florida end up in New York via migrating birds. This is information that we never would have had until we had pulled together all the data—not only about the sequencing but information about the birds and the geology of the regions. Putting all that data together requires multiple partners. Public health is a part of it but we’re not all of it. Sullivan: Speaking of using non-traditional tools and laboratory practice, you were telling us a story during the intro about social media use for a Minnesota case? Bartkus: At a local park in St. Paul, somebody observed a w