County of Orange Health Care Agency Orange County Public Health Laboratory
The Public Health Laboratory (PHL) collaborates with a variety of program partners to detect, investigate, prevent, and control public health threats. These threats include rare or unusual infectious diseases, such as "invasive" bacterial infections; outbreaks of illness from consuming contaminated food or water; terrorism events; chemical hazards; environmental emergencies; and rare but treatable congenital abnormalities in newborn babies.
Orange County Laboratory System (OCLS)
An integrated network of public and private clinical laboratories working together to protect and improve the health of all County residents
Orange County Department of Health (OCDH)
Orange County Department of Public Health website

California Association of Public Health Laboratory Directors

California Association of Public Health Laboratory Directors is the State-wide association of directors of public health laboratories in California. The Public Health Laboratory System in California is a unique and diverse system of 38 autonomous county and city facilities working in close cooperation with the State laboratories within the California Department of Public Health. These laboratories provide extensive laboratory services to the people of California for diagnosis and epidemiological investigations. The County and City Public Health Laboratories provide basic services to the County and City Public Health Departments, the hospitals and medical communities in California.

Association for Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is the national nonprofit organization representing governmental laboratories. APHL’s core membership is comprised of public health, environmental and agricultural laboratories. Representatives from federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations and interested individuals also participate in the association. International participation is expanding in response to the globalization of disease and APHL’s active global health program.

As the primary advocate for public health laboratories, APHL is active on many fronts, including:

  • Emergency response
  • Laboratory science
  • Education and training
  • Laboratory workforce
  • Health Policy
  • Global laboratory capacity
  • Laboratory systems

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is the national home for most public health activities, and partnered with APHL in producing L-SIP. The CDC website is rich with resources. DC addresses public health system performance improvement on its National Public Health Performance Standards Program
National Public Health Performance Standards Programs (NPHPSP) website

Public Health Foundation
The Public Health Foundation (PHF) is dedicated to achieving healthy communities through research, training, and technical assistance. For more than 35 years, this national, non-profit organization has been creating new information and helping health agencies and other community health organizations connect to and more effectively use information to manage and improve performance, understand and use data, and strengthen the workforce.

Public Health Reports
The May/June 2010 Public Health Reports Supplement is dedicated solely to articles regarding Public Health Laboratories and the concept of the State Public Health Laboratory System. It is an incredible resource to assist in the understanding of the depth and breadth of the State Public Health Laboratory System. Supplement includes MN Public Health Laboratory authors.

  • Public Health Reports, May/June 2010 Supplement
  • Public Health Reports, September/October 2013 Supplement