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PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE Mariana Islands and the Federated State of Micronesia. mentorship program and providing virtual biosafety trainings for all staff. During her visits, Nixon built relationships with each institution’s BSO and other staff as she assessed the healthcare facilities. She performed laboratory safety assessments of capacity and workflow, administered APHL’s risk assessment tool and performed specific risk assessment exercises based on her observations at the sites. In conjunction with these activities, Kaufman provided a virtual training on biosafety culture and practices in the workplace at each site. Sullivan joined Nixon and assisted with the American Samoa site assessment. What’s Next? At the end of each site visit, Nixon provided a summary report on her actions, observations and recommendations on how APHL and CDC can continue supporting USAPI. Recommendations included providing in-person risk assessment trainings, implementing a long-term onsite PublicHealthLabs @APHL Upon the conclusion of these site assessments, APHL extended invitations to the BSOs in USAPI to participate in a Biorisk Management Workshop in Tampa, FL. Delivered in May 2019 and reaching 40 people, this workshop targeted both public health and clinical laboratory staff at all levels and specifically addressed risk assessments. In addition to this workshop, four out of the six USAPI BSOs participated in the APHL Peer Network Program, a peer-to-peer mentorship exchange program for BSOs. Special thanks to: Amita A. Blanco, Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center, American Samoa Margaret May Baekalia, National Food Laboratory, Micronesia Medical Laboratory Dr. Philip Dauterman, Commonwealth Healthcare Center Laboratory, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Alan John A. Mallari, Guam Department of Public Health, Public Health Laboratory Anne Marie Santos, Guam Department of Public Health, Public Health Laboratory June Vaifanua-Leo, Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center, American Samoa APHL shared its findings with staff at CDC and will also share more formal recommendations in the coming months. APHL recognizes the importance of safety and remains committed to providing resources for quality laboratory systems in all public health laboratories. n Summer 2019 LAB MATTERS 27