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PHI-11.11 Data Details

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PHI-11.11 Increase the proportion of tribal and state public health agencies that provide or assure comprehensive laboratory services that foster partnerships and communication

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): 
61 (2008)
Target: 
67
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement
Numerator: 

Number of States participating in the survey that meet the defined standards/criteria for Partnerships 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:]

    Has the state public health laboratory director or designee given any presentations regarding the state public health laboratory functions/services within your state within the past two years? [Total possible points: 1]

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

    Does the laboratory director or designee meet/teleconference on a regular basis with other public health laboratory directors/representatives within your state or region?

    [Total possible points: 1]

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

    Does your laboratory employ an individual whose sole responsibility is to promote partnerships between public laboratories and private laboratories in your state? [Total possible points: 1]

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

    Does your laboratory have a current directory of testing services available to your clients? [Total possible points: 1]

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

    Does your laboratory director or designee send regular communications (e.g., newsletters, bulletins, emails) to clinical or hospital laboratories and other health-care organizations in your state? [Total possible points: 1]

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

    Does your laboratory director or designee regularly meet/teleconference with the following? [Please check all that apply. Total possible points: 1]

    1. Local health departments (0.08)
    2. State epidemiologist (0.08)
    3. State health official, i.e., commissioner/director (0.08)
    4. State HIV/STD program staff (0.08)
    5. Maternal and child health program staff (0.08)
    6. Newborn screening program (0.08)
    7. Agriculture and veterinary officers (0.08)
    8. Public information officer (0.08)
    9. Tuberculosis program staff (0.08)
    10. State terrorism preparedness lead (0.08)
    11. Other in-state government laboratories (0.08)
    12. Other public health laboratories of regional or neighboring states (0.08)
    13. None of the above (0)
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 target was revised from 1 to 0 decimal places to match the number of decimal places in the measure.

References

Additional resources about the objective

  1. Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL).