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APHL 2018 Annual Meeting Poster Abstracts Workforce Development Evaluating Progress Achieved Through a Two-Year Quality Assurance Laboratory Mentor Program (see complete abstract in Quality Systems, p. 85) Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Theory of Change (2017–2018) K. Shah, P. Ray, S. Woldehanna, K. Albrecht, A. Wright and L. Siegel, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Silver Spring, MD Objective: Present the current Emerging Leader Program (ELP) Theory of Change (TOC) model that shows how the program envisions change in the public health system through leadership development and to highlight how the model is used for program improvement. Design: A Theory of Change (TOC) is a model that explains how long-term change (outcome) is brought about in a program. The ELP TOC was created as part of the development of an evaluation plan to assess the ELP. Critical stakeholders including APHL staff and ELP alums were consulted to create the initial TOC. In addition, Most Significant Stories of Change (MSC) was used to collect stories from current ELP participants to further understand the change process; analysis of stories by project staff was used to further refine the Theory of Change. Result: The ELP TOC envisions a PHL system with a community of leaders capable of meeting and addressing other system challenges. Starting with the potential of interested laboratorians, the program envisions changes at the individual, organizational and systems levels in a number of areas. At the individual levels, a number of interrelated and reinforcing changes are expected including: • Increased self-awareness and empathy for others • Increased skills in communication, managerial abilities, team development, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making and team work • More confidence • Increased investment engagement and commitment to public health • Demonstrated leadership behavior. The program also supports the development of a network of PHL leaders that can facilitate problem solving between individuals as well as between organizations. This community of PHL leaders will also be equipped to advocate on behalf of the PHL system to ensure that PHLs have a place at the decision making table which will assure a systems approach to problem solving within the public health system. In addition to showcasing the relationships of the outcomes that the ELP program is trying to influence, the TOC is also used to guide evaluations by answering questions such as: • How does leadership development happen? • Is the program effective in its objectives? Conclusion: The ELP TOC model is a living document that will continue to change as the ELP engages in ongoing discussions with key stakeholders. ELP program will also utilize the TOC to guide its evaluation efforts and findings will be used to review the validity and comprehensiveness of the model and its underlying assumptions. 88 LAB MATTERS Summer 2018 Presenter: Kajari Shah, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Silver Spring, MD, Phone: 240.485.2725, Email: Lab-Aid: A New Endeavor for CDC to Provide Field Laboratory Assistance to Public Health Laboratories X. Liu, S. Theodore, M.K. Glynn, D. Eaton and E. Pevzner, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA Background: CDC’s Laboratory Leadership Service (LLS) fellowship program prepares early-career laboratory scientists to become future public health laboratory leaders. Fellows acquire and apply skills in laboratory quality management, biosafety science and leadership through on-the-job service at CDC and other public health laboratories. Lab-Aid provides a new mechanism for a public health authority to request short-term laboratory assistance from CDC. Lab-Aids focus on addressing partners’ laboratory needs and can include urgent public health responses and other laboratory capacity building requests. Processes: A Lab-Aid must be requested by the authority of a public health laboratory, which describes the public health problem to CDC. A team consisting of CDC subject matter experts (SMEs), at least one LLS fellow and a field supervisor will be identified and form the Lab-Aid team to work with the requesting agency. Before a Lab-Aid is approved, objectives need to be clearly defined and roles and responsibilities of the Lab-Aid team specified among stakeholders. An LLS fellow is deployed to the field under the supervision of at least one SME and works with the team to provide technical support and training and make recommendations based on Lab-Aid objectives. After Lab-Aid completion, the laboratory can request CDC’s continued collaboration and assistance. Lab-Aid Experiences: Lab-Aids have been implemented in both emergency response and under capacity building requests. LLS fellows were deployed to assist the Puerto Rico Department of Health with specimens transport and evaluate and restore essential laboratory services after Hurricane Maria. An LLS fellow was requested to help a state laboratory develop a comprehensive laboratory response plan for Legionella outbreaks based on a safety risk assessment and evaluation of the state’s existing water management plans, after which targeted trainings will be delivered to address gaps and a readiness exercise based on the response plan will be conducted. Experience and lessons learned from Lab-Aids will be shared. Discussion: Input from APHL and state and local laboratory partners will be helpful to ensure the quality of services provided by LLS fellows, improve efficiency of requesting Lab-Aids and facilitate successful implementation of Lab-Aids as a new endeavor for CDC to provide field laboratory assistance. In addition, the benefits and challenges associated with LLS fellows participating in Lab-Aids to achieve the field training essential for future public health laboratory leaders and strengthen relationships among CDC SMEs and state and local partners will be explored. Presenter: Xin Liu, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, Phone: 404.498.6013, Email: At Your Fingertips: Laboratory Workforce Development and Training Resources of CDC’s Division of Laboratory Systems R. Ned-Sykes, D. Daniely and Y. Wilkins, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA PublicHealthLabs @APHL