Laboratory System Improvement Program (L-SIP)

Additional Resources

Assessment Toolkit

Performance Measurement ToolPDF
It is recommended that assessment participants review the assessment tool, at least briefly, before the assessment.

User GuidePDF
The user guide is most useful for those who are organizing the assessment. It contains many tips, suggestions, and resources.

The glossary can be useful during the assessment when some terms used in the assessment instrument are not understood by all participants. It can also be used to ensure that participants and organizers are using the terms in the same manner.

Ten Essential Public Health Services

The Ten Essential Services were developed nationally in 1994. Taken together, they represent the capacities that must be present in a public health system, whether at the local, state or national level, to assure a fully functioning system. They include the following (a non public health professional version is available through Ten Essential Services in English):

  1. Monitor health status to identify community health problems
  2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community
  3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues
  4. Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems
  5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
  6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
  7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
  8. Assure a competent public health and personal health care workforce
  9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services
  10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems

Eleven Core Functions and Capabilities of State Public Health Laboratories

The core functions and capabilities of state public health laboratories were developed by APHL and national partners to more clearly define the role of public health laboratories in service delivery, and were intended to serve as the basis for assessing and improving laboratory quality. They include:

  1. Disease Prevention, Control and Surveillance
  2. Integrated Data Management
  3. Reference and Specialized Testing
  4. Environmental Health and Protection
  5. Food Safety
  6. Laboratory Improvement and Regulation
  7. Policy Development
  8. Emergency Response
  9. Public Health Related Research
  10. Training and Education
  11. Partnerships and Communication