Outreach Information and Activities
Carbapenem Resistance Webinar
The Bureau of Laboratories hosted a CRE Update on confirmation testing for Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae in the US on April 3, 2013. This call was recorded for those of you who could not attend.
Clinical Partner's Influenza Call
The Bureau of Laboratories hosted a Clinical Partner's Influenza Conference Call on September 11, 2012. If you missed the call, check out the recording. This recording is approximately 21 minutes long.
Have you ever wanted to tour the State Public Health Laboratory? Take a virtual tour now by viewing our new video.
The Bureau of Laboratories assists our partners in various activities that may involve the transfer of materials from MDCH to others. The following document(s) may be required for this assistance.
MDCH BOL Material Transfer Agreement DCH-1339
About the Michigan Laboratory System
The Michigan Laboratory System (MILS) is a statewide, voluntary network of public health and private clinical laboratories, as well as veterinary, agricultural and environmental laboratories that serve Michigan residents. Established by the Michigan Department of Community Health Bureau of Laboratories, the MILS provides a laboratory network essential for statewide emergency preparedness and response by promoting inter-laboratory communication, collaboration, and cooperation. The MILS also plays a key role in detecting and investigating common and emerging infectious disease outbreaks, monitoring trends in antibiotic resistance, providing continuing education and training, facilitating safe transport of specimens, and assuring quality laboratory practice. A vital part of this system is electronic connectivity among all the members through email and the state's Health Alert Network (MIHAN).
Laboratory Advisory Group
The Michigan Laboratory System Advisory Group (LSAG) was re-established in 2009 as a result of the Michigan Laboratory System Improvement Program (LSIP) assessment. The intent of the assessment was to identify opportunities for improvement by determining the strengths and weaknesses across Michigan's entire public health laboratory system. The assessment utilized a tool developed by the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and based on the Ten Essential Public Health Services and the Core Functions and Capabilities of State Public Health Laboratories. The evaluation of Michigan's performance measured against a standard describing optimal performance was completed in March 2009 by participants representing the spectrum of system constituents from those who initiate testing to those who ultimately use the test results. The first step identified by the assessment was to re-establish the Michigan Public Health Laboratory System Advisory Group that was charged to discuss, prioritize and assign responsibilities for the recommendations compiled during the LSIP assessment as well as identify additional action items to be addressed.
The state public health laboratory system is an alliance of laboratories and other partners within a state that supports the ten essential public health services under the aegis of the state public health laboratory. The mission of system members is to 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 in Michigan.
Meetings are held once per year in-person and other times via conference call. The last in-person meeting of the MI LSAG was held on May 6, 2013, entitled "Promoting the Value of the Michigan Laboratory system." Speakers for the meeting were Tammy Theisen, Saginaw County Health Department Laboratory Services Division Director, and James Haveman, Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health. The meeting discussed how to promote what the Laboratory System does by telling our stories to the public. Audio recordings were made that had pictures added to create podcasts that were distributed to attendees for their use in promoting the value of their laboratories. Some of the podcasts are linked below:
Your Public Health Laboratory System - Michigan
The Value of the State Public Health Laboratory
The Hospital Laboratory Role in the Public Health Laboratory System
The County Health Department's Role in the Public Health Laboratory System
State Public Health Role in Emergency Response
The next LSAG conference call is scheduled for January 13, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. This will be a one-hour call discussing our vision of the future Michigan Laboratory System.
Where will laboratory science be in 5-10 years?
What changes in laboratory science do you envision?
What skill sets will the laboratory workforce of the future need?
Bring your ideas and join us on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM for a one-hour discussion about the laboratory of the future. Email Patty Clark at ClarkP@michigan.gov for call-in information.
If you are interested in networking with others in your field and would like to join the Michigan Laboratory System Advisory Group, please contact Patty Clark at ClarkP@michigan.gov
Antimicrobial Resistance Information
The emergence in Michigan of the first VRSA (vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in 2002 has focused world attention on antimicrobial resistance and the overuse of antibiotics as important public health issues.
MDCH supports Michigan clinical/sentinel laboratories in their detection of antimicrobial resistance by providing microbiologists with updates and guidance documents on current recommendations and best practices. The BOL also compiles data on statewide trends in resistance. When finalized, trend reports will be posted on this page.
MDCH Antimicrobial Resistance Microbiologist
General Lab e-mail: MDCHlab@michigan.gov
QA Support for Rapid HIV Testing
The Bureau of Laboratories continues to expand its support of the MDCH Rapid HIV testing program. This program began in 2003, with a pilot project at three community-based organization test sites and three local health departments, where non-laboratorian counselors were trained to perform the waived tests. As the MDCH HIV Program continues to expand the number of locations within the State that provide on-site rapid HIV testing, now at 14 sites, the BOL enhances the quality assurance program it has developed to assure quality testing regardless of the environment in which that testing is performed. To support this activity, the Laboratory provides training and periodic quality assessment of each site to assure accurate testing and reporting.
Laboratory Response Network (LRN)
The Laboratory Response Network is comprised of laboratories throughout the nation which are capable of analyzing or referring specimens that may contain microbial agents or biological toxins. They include clinical, veterinary, environmental, food, agriculture, and public health laboratories that serve as sentinels for agents that may threaten the public's health.