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PHI-11.10 Data Details

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PHI-11.10 Increase the proportion of tribal and state public health agencies that provide or assure comprehensive laboratory services that support training and education

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
Comprehensive Laboratory Services Survey
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Yes
Measure: 
percent
Baseline (Year): 
49 (2008)
Target: 
54
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement
Numerator: 

Number of States participating in the survey that meet the defined standards/criteria for training and education

Denominator: 

Number of States participating in the survey

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Retained from HP2010 objective
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2008 Comprehensive Laboratory Services Survey:

    [NUMERATOR:]

    Which of the following is provided by the state as the employer in support of state public health laboratory staff? [Please check all that apply. Total possible points: 1]

    1. In-house training sessions/workshops (0.25)
    2. Leave-time offered for scientific meetings, seminars and workshops outside of the worksite (0.25)
    3. Travel costs offered for scientific meetings, seminars and workshops outside of the worksite (0.25)
    4. Leadership training for supervisors and managers (0.25)
    5. Other training (Please specify.) (0.25)
    6. None of the above (0)

    Has your laboratory hosted a Fellow (e.g., Infectious Disease, Environmental or International) during the past two years? [Total possible points: 1]

    1. Yes (1)
    2. No (0)

    Does your laboratory have a designated State Laboratory Training Coordinator? [Total possible points: 1]

    1. Yes (1)
    2. No (0)

    [If yes to State Training Coordinator:] What percentage of time does the State Laboratory Training Coordinator spend on performing training activities? [Total possible points: 1]

    1. 0 – 25 percent (0.25)
    2. 26 – 50 percent (0.5)
    3. 51 – 75 percent (0.75)
    4. 76 – 100 percent (1)

    [If yes to State Training Coordinator:] Has your laboratory co-sponsored training activities with the NLTN during the past two years? [Total possible points: 1]

    1. Yes (1)
    2. No (0)

    Is continuing education for your professional laboratory staff required by the following? [Please check all that apply. Total possible points: 1]

    1. State law/regulation (1)
    2. Laboratory policy (1)
    3. Other (Please specify) (1)
    4. No requirement (0)

    Does your laboratory provide continuing education training to the staff of other laboratories (public or private) in your state? [Total possible points: 1]

    1. Yes (1)
    2. No (0)

    Does your laboratory have dedicated training facilities? [Total possible points: 1]

    1. Yes (1)
    2. No (0)

    [If yes to dedicated training facilities:] Does this include classroom facilities? [Total possible points: 1]

    1. Yes (1)
    2. No (0)

    [If yes to dedicated training facilities:] Does this include “wet lab” facilities? [Total possible points: 1]

    1. Yes (1)
    2. No (0)
Data Collection Frequency: 
Biennial
Methodology Notes: 

    The Comprehensive Laboratory Services Survey (CLSS) is a biennial evaluation of 50 state public health laboratories and the District of Columbia public health laboratory in the provision of comprehensive laboratory services. (For this objective, the term “State” includes the District of Columbia.) Survey questions were developed by a workgroup of the Laboratory Systems and Standards Committee of the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL). The Committee consists of current and retired public health laboratory directors, members of academia, and other laboratory practitioners.

    In the list of questions used to obtain the baseline data, the point values shown after each response are used to score the questions. A laboratory is determined to provide or assure comprehensive laboratory services in support of the essential public health service if it scores at least 70% of the possible points. The data shown are the percent of state public health laboratories that score at least 70% of the possible points.

Caveats and Limitations: 
At this time, data for Tribal agencies are not collected. However, if data should become available, the information will be included.
Trend Issues: 
Estimates from 2008 are based on DC and 48 states excluding ID and KS. 2010 estimates are based on 49 states excluding FL. DC did not participate in the 2010 survey. Estimates for 2012 are are based on 42 states and DC excluding AK, DE, MD, ND, NJ, SC, UT, and WA.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
In 2013, the objective statement was revised so that it could "stand-alone" without the PHI-11 objective header. In 2014, the original baseline was revised from 47 percent to 49 percent to correct a calculation error. The target was adjusted from 52 percent to 54 percent to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.

References

Additional resources about the objective

  1. Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL).