ASCP’s Support of the
CDC OneLab™ Initiative

Building Bridges

A 5-part virtual lab capacity building series on the power of lab partnerships
1 CMLE credit for live webinar participants

Case-Base Best Practices in Effective Test Utilization (ETU)

Learn ETU best practices for your clinical lab
1 CME/CMLE credit available

Negotiation and Advocacy Toolbox

A roadmap to advocating for the needs of your laboratory

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The CDC OneLab Initiative is an effort to bridge, train, and sustain a capacity-building community (OneLab Network) among public health and clinical laboratory professionals to support rapid, large-scale responses to public health emergencies. This effort includes developing a new learning management system for laboratory professionals (OneLab REACHTM). OneLab REACH also provides the ability to opt‐in for access to an educational hub of training resources for professionals and volunteers performing CLIA‐waived point‐of‐care diagnostic testing in non‐laboratory settings (OneLab TEST).

ASCP, through a cooperative agreement with the CDC, is proud to bring awareness of the OneLab Network to its members. Through this 3-year program, ASCP will also develop and support CDC in the development of new training resources and tools to address ongoing and emergent laboratory workforce challenges. Find out more about ASCP’s training and resources to support the CDC OneLab Initiative and how you can get involved in this effort here!

Negotiation & Advocacy Toolbox Pillars

To advocate for your laboratory and staffing needs, demonstration of the laboratory’s value to the overall healthcare system and patient care is critical. Developing a structured laboratory strategic plan can help outline and operationalize the core pillars needed to demonstrate value of the laboratory.

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Negotiation & Advocacy Toolbox Pillars 1-5 are now complete

Now offering Office Hours

ASCP Negotiation & Advocacy Toolbox Virtual Office Hours

These virtual office hour sessions are an open forum for participants implementing laboratory advocacy efforts in their laboratories to seek feedback from ASCP lab leaders.

Pillar 1: Lab Visibility

When: June 14th |12-1pm CT

Pillar 2: People and Culture

When: July 12th |12-1pm CT

Pillar 3: Quality

When: August 9th |12-1pm CT

Pillar 4: Lab Finance

When: September 13th |12-1pm CT

Pillar 5: Service & Growth

When: October 11th |12-1pm CT

Training Resources

Case-Based Best Practices in Effective Test Utilization for Clinical Laboratories

This CME/CMLE-accredited, case-based educational activity is designed to help clinical laboratory directors, clinical laboratory managers, and laboratory professionals increase the knowledge, skills, and competence in effective test utilization best practices for clinical laboratory settings. Through a series of ten 5-minute cases developed by a multidisciplinary team, you will gain a greater understanding of current and evidence-based guidelines to inform and impact clinical test ordering practices and reduce overconsumption of supplies without compromising patient care. 

Some of the topics covered in this activity include:

  • Effective test utilization for pancreatitis, and cardiac injury and AMI
  • Blood collection tube consumption and conservation
  • Strategies for Reducing Repeat Daily Lab Test Ordering
  • Vitamin D Utilization – sound alike tests
  • Detecting Severity and Acuity of Inflammation

The activity offers 1.0 CME/CMLE credit.

To register for this course, you will first need a ASCP account for the ASCP Store. If you do not already have an existing ASCP account, click here to create a free one.

After obtaining a free ASCP account, register for the course using the following instructions:

  1. Follow this direct link to the Case-Based Best Practices in Effective Test Utilization for Clinical Laboratories course page on the ASCP store
  2. Add the class to the cart
  3. Click the Checkout button
  4. Click the “I’m not a robot” button
  5. Click the Submit button
  6. You will see a screen that says Home and Dashboard, click on Dashboard
  7. On the Dashboard page, there’s a section that says My Education, click on the blue button that says My Courses
  8. You’ll see a list of courses on the next page that you are registered for
  9. Click the button that says Launch or Start next to the name of the course
  10. Then you will be taken to the LMS to start the class
  11. Following completion of the course, course credit will be visible on the Dashboard page, under the section that says My Education, and the button that says Certificates & Transcript

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

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Apply proven effective test utilization best practices for clinical laboratories.

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Outline ways to reduce overconsumption of testing supplies without compromising patient care.

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Evaluate evidence-based guidelines to inform and impact test ordering practices.

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Improve communication with ordering physicians to more effectively use available resources.

Supply Chain Management Techniques

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Using Alternative Test Supplies/Vendors/Labs

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Testing Conservation Strategies

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Ordering Additional Supplies

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Continuing Communication with Vendor

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Educating Providers

Events

Register for the 2024 OneLab Summit, “Thrive: People. Planning. Preparedness.”

  • Laboratory educators, trainers and members of the laboratory community welcomed
  • Learn about cutting-edge laboratory training development tools in CDC’s new learning management system OneLab REACH
  • Collaborate and gain insights on new best practices from the clinical and PHL communities
  • Explore the Virtual Exhibit Hall featuring laboratory workforce programs

When: April 16 – 18, 2024
Cost: Free to attend

OneLab Summit

Let’s get to work! Applying the ASCP’s Negotiation and Advocacy Toolbox to Advocate for your Laboratory’s Needs

Topic: ASCP KnowledgeLab 2024 will feature a general session on the Negotiation and Advocacy Toolbox on April 30! Attend the meeting in San Antonio to learn how to apply the Toolbox resources through a fun and engaging Amazing Race-style session. Which team can advocate for their lab the first using Toolbox resources? Join us to find out!

When: Tuesday, April 30 | 3:55pm – 5:25pm

San Antonio Riverwalk

Virtual Learning Series

Building Bridges Across the Laboratory Community:

ASCP is collaborating with the CDC to launch, Building Bridges Across the Laboratory Community. This virtual laboratory capacity building series will spotlight stories of collaborative laboratory partnerships contributing to effective emergency response management and innovative solutions to workforce challenges. These case studies will showcase collaborations across the greater laboratory community and focus on lessons learned and best practices.

Partnerships Supporting Laboratory Training and Fellowships

Topic: During the third session of this year’s Building Bridges series, Dr. Angel Fritzinger, Ph.D. will share a case study on the Virginia Commonwealth University/VA Public Health Laboratory collaborative training program for clinical laboratory partners interested in entering public health. Dr. Karen Honeycutt, Ph.D. MEd, MASCP, MLS(ASCP) will highlight the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s MLS program that supports unique educational partnerships to stretch the reach of their MLS training. Finally, Dr. Kelly Winter, Ph.D. MPH will wrap-up the session with a case study on the innovative and collaborative effort of CDC’s OneLab Initiative and its paired open access learning management system, OneLab REACH, which provides a centralized location for lab pros to access emerging training resources to support lab capacity building and preparedness efforts.

When: Wednesday, April 24th, 11 am to 12pm CDT

Faculty:

  • Angela Fritzinger, Ph.D.
    Scientist Manager (Contractor)
    Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services
  • Karen Honeycutt, Ph.D. MEd, MASCP, MLS(ASCP)
    Program Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Kelly Winter, Ph.D. MPH
    Chief, Training and Workforce Development Branch
    Division of Laboratory Systems
    Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS)
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cost: This series is free to attend.

Credit: 1.0 CMLE (for live attendance)

Save the Date for future webinars!

All events are from 11:00am – 12:00pm CDT.

  • Wednesday, May 15: Twinning and Sharing Best Practices: Regional Partnerships
  • Wednesday, June 26: Partnerships in Service of Effective Data Sharing

Supporting DE&I Initiatives in the Laboratory Workforce

Topic: During the second session of this year’s Building Bridges series Dr. Dana Powell Baker, Ed.D., MBA, MS, MLS(ASCP), will share a case study about laboratory outreach efforts in underserved communities, and Drs. Marilyn Bibbs Freeman, Ph.D., M(ASCP) and Cliff Sullivan MD, F(ACHI), FASCP will discuss how medical professional societies can help support DE&I initiatives for patients and their members.

Faculty:

  • Dana Powell Baker, Ed.D., MBA, MS, MLS(ASCP)
    Manager, Academic Partnerships
    Association of Public Health Laboratories
  • Marilyn Bibbs Freeman, Ph. D., M(ASCP)
    Deputy Director, Department of General Services
    Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services
  • H. Cliff Sullivan MD, F(ACHI), FASCP
    Laboratory Director, Cellular Therapy Laboratory
    Co-Director, HLA Laboratory
    Emory University

Responding to Emerging Outbreaks: Sharing the Load among Laboratory System Partners

Topic: In the inaugural session of this year’s Building Bridges Across the Laboratory Community series,
“Responding to Emerging Outbreaks: Sharing the Load among Laboratory System Partners,” Dr. Christine
Bean, PhD, MBA, MLS(ASCP) shared a case study about collaborative approaches to tackling a New
Hampshire HCV outbreak, and Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, PhD, MS, SM(ASCP)CM, SVCM, MBCM, FACSc, Global
Fellow discussed the multidisciplinary effort to launch a large-scale oral Rabies vaccination program for
wildlife in Texas.

Faculty:

  • Christine Bean, PhD, MBA, MLS(ASCP); Chief Learning Officer, Association of Public Health Laboratories;
    Former Laboratory Director, New Hampshire Public Health Laboratories
  • Rodney Rohde, PhD, SM(ASCP)CM, SVCM, MBCM, FACSc, Global Fellow; Professor and Chair of Medical Laboratory Science Program
    Texas State University

Increasing National Access to Mpox Testing by Leveraging Reference Lab Capacity

Topic: In this fourth session of the Building Bridges Across the Laboratory Community series, ASCP, and CDC are excited to bring you a case study featuring Suzanne Dale, Ph.D., D(ABMM) on how the Labcorp team worked closely with the CDC and FDA to validate and scale high-throughput testing platforms to response to the emergence of mpox during the summer of 2022. Reference labs are uniquely suited to rapidly increase testing capacity and access to laboratory testing to support public health responses. In addition, the large amount of data generated from high-throughput testing for infectious diseases can provide real-time insights on the epidemiology of outbreaks. Dr. Dale will share her experience collaborating with the CDC and the FDA to validate and scale laboratory assays for mpox, as well as insights from the laboratory data generated from offering testing nationally.

Faculty:

  • Suzanne E. Dale, PhD, D(ABMM); Discipline Director; Molecular Microbiology and Molecular Infectious Diseases; Labcorp

Using Wastewater Surveillance to Understand Infectious Disease Trends

Topic: In this 3rd session of the Building Bridges Across the Laboratory Community series, we are excited to bring you a case study featuring collaborations in support of the CDC’s National Wastewater Surveillance System. Wastewater Surveillance has been used since the 1960s to identify communities with polio transmission. During the COVID pandemic, this surveillance approach was modified to detect infection trends. Wastewater data is a leading indicator of increases and decreases in COVID and is used to inform public health messaging, resource allocation and personal decisions, like masking and travel.

Faculty:

  • Amy Kirby, Ph.D., MPH, National Wastewater Surveillance System Lead, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

3D-Printed Nasal Swabs for the City of Austin’s COVID-19 Response

Topic: In this second session of the Building Bridges Across the Laboratory Community series, ASCP and CDC are excited to bring you a case study featuring Juan Gomez, Ph.D. on how his team re-purposed existing and idle 3D printers at Texas State University to produce nasal swabs in support of the City of Austin’s COVID-19 testing response. This innovative strategy helped to locally address the widespread supply chain bottleneck involving access to nasal swab observed early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Gomez will share his experience collaborating with the city and other academic centers to support this effort as well as successes, challenges, and lessons learned to better inform future public health emergency response supply chain manufacturing and management.

Faculty:

  • Juan Gomez, Ph.D., Research Associate; Department of Physics – Shared Research Operations; Texas State University

Exchanging Best Practices & Creating Statewide Policy Change for the Lab Workforce

Topic: The New York State Laboratory Leadership Consortium, presenting on their mobilization to exchange laboratory best practices at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to support local COVID-19 testing and emergency responses and subsequently to collectively impact state-wide policies affecting laboratory licensure for laboratory professionals in New York.

Faculty:

  • Jim Crawford, MD, Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Hofstra/Northwell Health
  • John Tomaszewski, MD, Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Buffalo
  • Jenny Libien, MD, Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, SUNY Downstate
  • Eloise Aita, PhD, President, New York State Clinical Laboratory Association
  • Kenra Ford, Vice President of Clinical Services Operations, NYC Health and Hospitals

Volunteer Opportunities

No volunteer opportunities are available at this time. New volunteer opportunities will be shared on this website as needs arise.

Scholarships

Dr. Alvin Ring Empowerment Scholarship for Laboratory Professionals

The Dr. Alvin Ring Empowerment Scholarship for Laboratory Professionals, established through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), aims to provide financial aid to those pursuing higher education in the medical laboratory sciences. Scholarships range from $1,000-$5,000 depending on applicant qualifications and degree program pursued. Scholarship aid may be used toward direct academic tuition or needs-based expenses to support the student’s academic career.

This scholarship will open on February 26, 2024 and close on May 31, 2024.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

To foster a more inclusive and diverse laboratory workforce, this scholarship is looking for students from underrepresented populations or from underserved areas, seeking to serve underserved communities with their education. Additionally, candidates should be in good academic standing and/or show commitment to staying in the laboratory profession, as vouched for by their academic or professional reference letters.

Candidates must also fit one of the following categories:

  1. High-school degree seniors who wish to pursue higher education in medical laboratory sciences, through NAACLS-accredited PBT, MLA, MLT, or MLS programs.
  2. Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science Degree seeking students interested in pursuing higher degrees from NAACLS-accredited MLT or MLS programs.
  3. Senior-year Bachelors of Science Degree seeking students interested in pursuing higher degrees from NAACLS-accredited MLS programs.
  4. High-school, Associates, or Bachelors of Science degree-holding laboratorians actively in the workforce who wish to pursue higher specialization through degrees from NAACLS-accredited PBT, MLA, MLT, MLS, or HTL programs.

What’s the Deadline?

May 31, 2024

Questions? Email ascpfoundation@ascp.org

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