Public Health Laboratories and Health System Change . Shape the Delivery System Through Dialogue / Collaboration


We uncovered some innovative models to stimulate dialogue and collaboration among laboratory stakeholders, often originating with, and guided by, forward-looking PHL directors. These models hold promise for ensuring private sector awareness and understanding of key public sector functions in laboratory testing. The most advanced example of this approach is Washington State, which has established a Clinical Lab Advisory Council (CLAC) to shape the laboratory delivery system and to open communication with the state. Its representation includes both public and private laboratory stakeholders throughout the state, and it has advisory groups that develop recommendations on a full range of laboratory issues, from integration to practice guidelines to licensure. The improved dialogue and interactions may facilitate PHLs' efforts to preserve vital elements of the PHL infrastructure.