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LAB MATTERS WINTER 2019 | CONTENTS COLUMNS Global Health 2 18 A Global Priority: Promoting Health Security through GHSA 2024 President’s and Executive Director’s Message 19 In Zimbabwe, Lab Mentor Fosters Advancing Systems SECTIONS 19 APHL Publishes New Guide to LIS International Implementations Industry Matters 9 20 In Zambia, Lab Mentor Tackles Viral Load Testing PFAS Analysis: How to Minimize Contamination in Testing 21 Zambia’s National LIS Advances Laboratory Efficiency, Data Availability Environmental Health 10 New Hampshire Assesses Exposure to Arsenic and Uranium from Private Wells Public Health Preparedness and Response 12 Indiana Strategizes with Partners to Protect Vulnerable from Private Well Water Risks 22 Model Training in Michigan Connects Sentinel Clinical Labs, Epidemiologists 23 Are Sentinel Clinical Labs Ready for the Next Threat? From the Bench 13 Five Years to an EPA-Approved Cyanide Method: How Maine Achieved Success 24 CBP Labs Counter Threats at US Borders Membership 14 Ricin Exercise a Win-Win in Arizona 26 The Laboratory by the Bay: Fighting Infections in San Francisco 15 Midshipmen Meet Public Health Labs in Florida Internships Fellows Food Safety/Infectious Diseases 16 New Reimbursement Limits on Respiratory Viral, GIP Panels: Will They Impact Detection, Surveillance of Foodborne and Respiratory Diseases? 28 APHL Fellowship Update: Engaging the Next Generation of Fellows Policy 28 APHL Releases Three Position Statements APHL LAB MATTERS STAFF APHL BOARD OF DIRECTORS Gynene Sullivan, MA, CAPM, editor Joanne Bartkus, PhD, D(ABMM), president Karen Klinedinst, art director Grace E. Kubin, PhD, president-elect Jody DeVoll, MAT, advisor 4 FEATURE The ABCs of PFAS: Mobilizing Laboratories to Protect Communities First discovered in the 1930s, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) now pervade almost every aspect of modern life. In fact, PFAS compounds can be found in everything from dental floss to cookware. But human exposure to PFAS comes at a cost, and as old compounds are removed from production, new compounds take their place. So how does a public health laboratory handle this challenge with limited resources? By establishing new public-private partnerships. Bill Whitmar, MS, secretary-treasurer To submit an article for consideration, contact Gynene Sullivan, editor, at gynene.sullivan@aphl.org. 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. Richard S. Steece, PhD, D(ABMM), member-at-large Denise Marie Toney, PhD, HCLD(ABB), member-at-large Scott J. Zimmerman, DrPH, MPH, HCLD(ABB), member- at-large Maria Lucia Ishida, PhD, associate institutional member representative Tamara Theisen, MT(ASCP), local institutional member representative 8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 700 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Phone: Fax: E-mail: Web: 240.485.2745 240.485.2700 info@aphl.org www.aphl.org Mark Wade, local institutional member representative Ewa King, PhD, immediate past president Scott J. Becker, MS, ex officio, executive director, APHL PublicHealthLabs @APHL APHL.org Fall 2018 LAB MATTERS 1