The goal of this Program is to provide and ensure the provision of high quality public health and environmental laboratory services through training, quality improvement, and collaborative health planning policy & decision making.
The program is made up of Quality Assurance, Information Technology, Laboratory Outreach, and Policy & Planning and each area touches and plays an integral part in all of the other PHEL programs.
The L-SIP or Laboratory System Improvement Program
The improvement program was initiated through a CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) and APHL (Association of Public Health Laboratories) collaboration. It is an assessment program with an established set of standards on how well state public health laboratory systems perform or provide the ten essential public health functions/services:
- Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems.
- Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
- Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
- Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems.
- Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
- Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
- Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
- Assure competent public and personal health care workforce.
- Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
- Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.
A state laboratory system includes all those who order tests; perform tests; educate those who use or perform tests; and those who utilize test results. The system is all of the interactions and collaborations among all of these groups (see the state system partners chart), and while state public health is the central focus, the state public health laboratory is not – our Public Health and Environmental Laboratories are one of the many partners of the entire system.
The report of New Jersey’s L-SIP experience is available here.
The top three priorities that the Public Health and Environmental Laboratories is addressing are the website revision; maintaining communications with the L-SIP invitees and participants; and establishing an advisory committee for the state public health laboratory and for the state public health laboratory system.
The Laboratory Outreach Program (LOP), within the PPRC, is responsible for enhancing and developing relationships with both internal and external partners through collaborative planning, educational program, training and other venues, to facilitate development of an integrated public health/private sector laboratory network. This program, in collaboration with the National Laboratory Training Network (NLTN), develops and coordinates training programs for clinical and public health laboratories on topics of medical, scientific and regulatory significance, which directly impact public health practice. Additionally, the LOP provides members of the New Jersey Laboratory Response Network (LRN), a statewide network of comprehensive microbiology laboratories, a mechanism for rapid exchange of information regarding their role in emergency.