2015 was a tremendous year for APHL As implied by our annual report theme — APHL by Latitude and Longitude — the association’s activities span continents, from work with the African Society for Laboratory Medicine in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to evaluation of point-of-care syphilis diagnostics in Raleigh, North Carolina. But don’t let the geographic focus distract from other measures of success. In 2015, APHL broadened its partnerships and its funding base, which now includes: A new CDC cooperative agreement focusing on laboratory biosafety and biosecurity New funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau to work with at least 20 states seeking to optimize their newborn screening programs A renewed CDC cooperative agreement to strengthen essential state and local public health laboratory services An ongoing US Food and Drug Administration cooperative agreement to advance laboratory accreditation for food and animal feed testing laboratories The association also gained technological sophistication, with a new LEED-certified gold-level office space, new whole genome sequencing projects and workshops, and important enhancements to the APHL Informatics Messaging Services Platform, to name just a few endeavors. Perhaps the most important measure, however, is a recap of our public health successes. A few highlights include: Critical on-site support for the Ebola laboratory response in Sierra Leone The ascension of two APHL Emerging Leader Program graduates to state laboratory directorships (in New Mexico and New York) Release of APHL’s biennial Comprehensive Laboratory Services Survey findings — the only data source for Healthy People 2020 Objective 11 Establishment of a tuberculosis drug-susceptibility testing reference center at the California Department of Public Health Laboratory Identifying Legionella-testing laboratories for the US EPA to help resolve a deadly outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in New York City Needless to say, our annual report includes additional successes on every page. Finally, we like to judge an organization by the company it keeps. And by this measure, APHL is second-to-none. Although it is impossible to call out each of our indispensable partners in this short space, let us at least name a few of our newer partners, not mentioned above: the Association of American Feed Control Officials and the Association of Food and Drug Officials (who share our FDA cooperative agreement), US Department of State Global Health Security Agenda Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, and the Colorado School of Public Health, which co-manages APHL’s NewSTEPs newborn screening program. With heartfelt thanks to all of those who contribute to APHL’s success, and with best wishes for another outstanding year, Sincerely, Judith C. Lovchik, PhD, D(ABMM), president Scott J. Becker, MS, executive director
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