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Laboratory System Improvement Program (L-SIP)

Assessment Background

Arizona was the 24th state to conduct an initial L-SIP (Laboratory System Improvement Program) assessment.

The Arizona State Public Health Laboratory (ASPHL) conducted the L-SIP assessment on December 14, 2010, with 52 partners from throughout the state. Participants included representatives from local health and environmental departments, Civil Support Team members, clinical laboratories, environmental laboratories, vendors, Newborn Screening programs, a local college, risk management personnel and many others.

The participation, discussions and results were insightful and successful in identifying areas of improvement and attendees were enthusiastic about the opportunity to participate. "The L-SIP experience was extraordinary, and illuminated the vast and diverse services facilitated by the State Public Health Laboratory," said Julie Stiak from Phoenix Community College, "The State Public Health Laboratory and its staff provide quality services that positively impact the entire community."

In addition, many attendees expressed their excitement at being able to meet and discuss issues face-to-face, to network with many of their colleagues and to discover other areas of the laboratory system that they did not interact with normally. Many shared a lot of the same experiences and were able to talk through the issues with their statewide counterparts.

Some of the major themes that arose from the L-SIP assessment were mobilizing and having greater collaboration among partners, evaluating the accessibility and effectiveness of personal and population based services and linking people to necessary health services.

Following the assessment, an initial determination of next steps includes establishing/reestablishing a laboratory partners meeting with stakeholders and expanding the distribution of the ASPHL laboratory newsletter. Long term next steps consist of evaluating training needs and determining creative ways to deliver needed training, reviewing data systems, and encouraging advocacy of the laboratory system.