On December 14, 2011, MLAC members were once again joined by subject matter experts in the areas of workforce development and research to prioritize strategies for improvement in 2012 and to develop time phased implementation plans.
The meeting included the following:
· PowerPoint Presentation
The three priority strategic directions selected for implementation in 2012 are:
· Establish leadership and objectives to facilitate LPHL system research;
· Promote the work of the LPHL system; and
· Collaborate, systematize and strengthen internship opportunities across the LPHL System.
Detailed outcomes and timelines for these three strategic directions can be found by accessing the following links:
· Laboratory Internships
· Promotion of the LPHL System
Workgroups will be expanded and convened to implement improvements to the LPHL system in the Milwaukee area. A grant has been secured from the Association of Public Health Laboratories to support these efforts. Please contact Steve Gradus at 414.286.3526 if you are interested in serving on a workgroup.
May 20th, 2012 - Milwaukee's Local L-SIP Action Plan
On May 20th, the City of Milwaukee Health Department Laboratory presented a poster on Milwaukee's Local L-SIP Action Plan at the 2012 Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.
The poster provides an overview of important milestones of Milwaukee's L-SIP process to date, including the establishment of co-chairs for the three L-SIP subcommittees: Research, Workforce Development-Promotion and Workforce Development-Internships. These co-chairs and subcommittees have met several times during the past two months, and will continue to meet this summer, to plan for implementation of designated LPHL System improvements.
Innovations in Quality Public Health Laboratory Practice
L-SIP improvements occurring in 2011 and 2012 were made possible in large part by two "Innovations in Quality Public Health Laboratory Practice" grants awarded to the MHDL from the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL).
See below for the final reports for each grant.
Lab Intern gets involved in L-SIP Process
Patrick Heffernan, an intern through Milwaukee's Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Community Health Internship Program (CHIP), assisted the MHDL with L-SIP projects during his summer internship.
See the video
of his presentation on his internship experience, as well as the stories
he compiled through interviews with MHDL staff.
L-SIP Workforce Development efforts continue in 2013
MHDL recently wrapped up the final report for our Innovations in Public Health Laboratory System Workforce Recruitment and Retention grant, which was awarded to us in February 2013 by the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and National Center for Public Health Laboratory Leadership (NCPHLL). As a component of our ongoing L-SIP efforts, the grant focused on advancing workforce development improvement goals for Milwaukee's LPHL System - specifically, better informing local college and high school students of the laboratory science career opportunities available to them, and gathering input from employers and educators on workforce needs and gaps and brainstorming ways to address those.
The complete report is available here.