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APHL 2019 POSTER ABSTRACTS by influencing future workforce members prior to beginning their professional careers. Plans are still in development to track the long- term outcomes of this course, but it is hopeful that graduates of this program will enter the field of laboratory science better prepared to use safe work practices and contribute to a culture of biosafety. Finally, we propose this model as a strategy that could be utilized by other state public health laboratories in collaboration with their local academic institutions to enhance biosafety and biosecurity capacity in clinical labs across the nation. Presenter: Drew Fayram, State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa, Coralville, IA, drew-fayram@uiowa.edu Communications A. Wright, Association of Public Health Laboratories In 2019, there are very few businesses, institutions and organizations not taking advantage of the growing use of online marketing and outreach and public health laboratories (PHLs) should not be exempt. The use of social media is an effective method of communication that can help PHLs increase the timely dissemination and potential impact of health and safety information, expand their reach to include a broader, more diverse audience and empower people to make safer and healthier decisions. This poster will present findings on industry standards for effectively communicating your message via social media while building your audience. The presentation will also highlight strategies and best practices from a PHL Marketing and Communication subject matter expert on how laboratories can use industry standards to develop a social media presence and create successful content. Presenter: Andrea Wright, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Silver Spring, andrea.wright@aphl.org Environmental Health A 20-Year Timeline of the Laboratory Response Network — Chemical Threat (LRN-C) Program J. Liebreich and J. Nassif, Association of Public Health Laboratories In 1999 the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) collaboratively founded the Laboratory Response Network (LRN), an achievement that will be celebrated during APHL’s annual meeting. This poster will display visually the seminal accomplishments of the LRN-C and through photos will highlight LRN-C responses in at least four state public health laboratories (SPHLs). The LRN is charged with the task of maintaining an integrated network of laboratories that can respond to bioterrorism, emerging infectious diseases, chemical terrorism and other public health emergencies such as today’s opioid crisis. The LRN is a unique asset in the nation’s preparedness for chemical terrorism, and this poster will display images of how the LRN-C evolved. In the 40 LAB MATTERS Summer 2019 For 20 years CDC funding has supported 62 states, territories, and metropolitan areas through the Public Health Emergency Preparedness cooperative agreement, created to improve both the local and the national public health infrastructures’ ability to respond to acts of bioterrorism, broadly defined to include toxic chemical exposure resulting from a terrorist act. Approximately $40 million was initially available for distribution to PHLs for preparedness, including four million dollars to fund four laboratories that would provide surge capacity if a chemical terrorism incident require more than the analytical resources of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health’s Division of Laboratory Sciences (CDC/ NCEH/DLS). In 2019, 53 laboratories within the 62 jurisdictions are funded to make up the chemical component of the Laboratory Response Network (LRN-C). In a timeline format, this poster will display when and why LRN-C laboratories increased from four to 53. Case studies will be described through photographs, likely including responses to an Arsenic poisoning in Maine where church coffee proved deadly; Abrine poisoning of a young Texan girl who ingested rosary peas sold as a peace bracelet; a Massachusetts clam boat fisherman who caught munitions and Sulfur Mustard gas; a radiochemistry event at the Hanford Nuclear facility in Washington state; and Alaska’s response to a chronic Arsenic issue. The timeline will include the impact of APHL’s 2002 “Ready or Not” report on the expansion of the LRN-C, as well as the release of various methods to member laboratories. Viewing this poster will provide the observer with a clearer understanding of growth of the LRN-C to increase the nation’s preparedness for chemical exposure events and public health laboratories’ ability to respond over the past 20 years. Presenter: Jennifer Liebreich, Association of Public Health laboratories, Silver Spring, MD, jennifer.liebreich@aphl.org Well Water Quality in Arkansas Child Care Facilities: A Collaborative Success M. Boston 1 , M. Sandoz 2 , K. Seely 1 ; 1 Arkansas Public Health Laboratory, 2 Arkansas Department of Health Introduction: In Arkansas, there are approximately 2,200 childcare facilities and any facility that uses well water is required to submit a water sample annually to the Public Health Laboratory to test for total coliforms and E. coli. Unfortunately, all daycare facilities using well water had not been identified by the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, who regulate childcare facilities. Very few facilities had ever submitted a sample. Additionally, there was little to no information on well water quality in Arkansas, except for total coliform and E. coli data. Goals: The goals of this study included identifying day care facilities that used well water, sample the water for microbiological and inorganic testing, aid facilities on how to disinfect their wells, and interpret the test results for the childcare facility owners. An additional goal was to start a collaboration between multiple areas of the Arkansas Department of Health (the Public Health Laboratory, Environmental Epidemiology, and Environmental Health) as well as other state agencies, such as Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services. PublicHealthLabs @APHL APHL.org Marketing and Outreach Strategies Public Health Laboratories Can Use to Build a Social Media Audience and Develop Content years since its creation, the LRN has played an instrumental role in improving the public health infrastructure by helping boost laboratory capacity with equipment, staff and methods.