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Laboratory System Improvement Program (L-SIP)



Welcome to the City of Milwaukee Health Department Laboratory’s website dedicated to our Laboratory System Improvement Program (L-SIP) and upcoming assessment, to be held on May 10, 2018.

The assessment planned for this spring will be the second conducted in Milwaukee. The City of Milwaukee became the first municipality to adapt and apply L-SIP at the local level with its initial assessment conducted in November 2010. Milwaukee’s L-SIP is part of a larger national effort, developed by the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), designed to strengthen state and local laboratory systems across the nation.

This site is designed to provide information about our upcoming L-SIP assessment and the L-SIP Program. After the assessment is completed, we will also be posting the results here, and as we move into the improvement phase this site will continue to serve as an important tool in support of our collaborative efforts to strengthen the local public health laboratory system in Milwaukee.

Best Regards,

Sanjib Bhattacharyya, PhD

Laboratory Director



What is L-SIP?

L-SIP is a program of the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), an organization that represents the interests of public health laboratories nationally and internationally. A two-page overview of the L-SIP can be found here.

The purpose of the Laboratory System Improvement Program (L-SIP) is to improve the quality of public health laboratory practice and performance. The first step is to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the laboratory system as a basis for quality improvement efforts. Milwaukee’s assessment is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 10, 2018.


What is the Laboratory System?

The Local Public Health Laboratory (LPHL) System consists of all the organizations that participate in or otherwise support public health laboratory testing and includes those who initiate testing and those who ultimately use the test results. In Milwaukee this includes organizations in the city and county and extends into southeast Wisconsin. The LPHL System includes all public, private and voluntary entities that contribute to public health laboratory activities. LPHLSystem members and stakeholders operate in an interconnected and interdependent way to facilitate the exchange of information, optimize laboratory services and control and prevent disease and public health threats. Click here for a description of the LPHL System.


Why Participate in L-SIP?

L-SIP produces the following benefits for state and local public health laboratories:

  • Provides a benchmark for public health laboratory system practice improvements, by setting a “gold standard” to which public health systems can aspire.
  • Improves communication and collaboration by bringing partners (e.g., public health, environmental and other laboratories, first responders and key constituencies) together.
  • Educates stakeholders about the public health laboratory system and the interconnected activities that lead to collaborative system solutions.
  • Strengthens the diverse network of partners throughout the federal, state and local systems, leading to cohesive partnerships and better coordination of activities and resources.


What other Labs Participate?

A map displaying the state and local laboratories that have completed L-SIP assessments can be found here. A total of 35 states and 5 local labs have completed the assessment, and 5 agencies have gone on to complete subsequent assessments, or reassessments, as well. The City of Milwaukee will join that group with the completion of its second L-SIP assessment this May.