Local Public Health Laboratory System Improvement Program (L-SIP)

photo: Public Health Lab exterior

Welcome to the Orange County Laboratory System Improvement Program (L-SIP) home page. This site is intended to support and describe efforts to assess performance of our County laboratory system and to organize continuous improvement work.

This work is part of the national L-SIP designed to strengthen state and local laboratory systems around the country. There are several links on this site to the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), the developer of L-SIP. Those links will help you find more detailed information about the program, state public health laboratory systems, and local public health laboratory systems involved in the work.

This site will also provide information about our recent L-SIP assessment, results, initial plans, and a calendar of events. As we move into the improvement phase, we will post ongoing plans, committee work, and other information. It will provide us all with a means of collaborating on this important work.

Local Public Health Laboratory System (LPHL System): An alliance of laboratories and other partners within a County that supports the ten essential public health services under the aegis of the county public health laboratory. The system members and stakeholders operate in an interconnected and interdependent way to facilitate the exchange of information, optimize laboratory services, and help control and prevent disease and public health threats.

Public Health Reports, May/June 2010, Supplement: This Supplement is dedicated solely to articles regarding Public Health Laboratories and the concept of the State and Local Public Health Laboratory System. It is an incredible resource to assist in the understanding of the depth and breadth of the State Public Health Laboratory System.

Public Health Reports, September/October 2013, Supplement: This Supplement contains articles regarding Public Health Laboratories and the concept of the State and Local Public Health Laboratory Systems. It contains articles supporting public health laboratory systems research as well as highlighting current practices of both state and local public health laboratories in efficiency and quality improvement.

photo: Orange County Public Health Laboratory – Water Quality Laboratory – Back Bay Science Center - Newport Beach, California

Orange County Public Health Laboratory – Water Quality Laboratory – Back Bay Science Center - Newport Beach, California

This assessment was funded in part by the Association of Public Health Laboratories, 8515 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD