Enhancing the Epi-Lab Relationship
Sunday, June 22, 2014: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
102 (Nashville Convention Center)

State/local epidemiologists and public health laboratorians work closely together to respond to outbreaks, conduct surveillance and monitor new and emerging infectious diseases, but they often don’t speak the same language. This one day workshop will bring together epidemiologists and public health laboratory professionals to discuss their respective roles in a variety of outbreak situations, identify communication barriers and recommend solutions for increased communication and collaboration. Through interactive exercises and case study reviews, participants will identify gaps and strategies for improved communications. The intended audience includes epidemiology and laboratory leaders, supervisors and managers in a public health agency committed to developing strategies to enhance communications.


  • Improve understanding of laboratory and epidemiology functions.

  • Describe gaps and strategies to enhance communications between state and local epidemiologists and laboratorians.

  • Discuss best practices for improved communications and practical opportunities for increased collaboration between epidemiologists and laboratorians.

8:00 AM
Welcome, Introductions and Workshop Overview

8:15 AM
Setting the Stage: An Overview of Epi-Lab Functions and Review of Epidemiology and Laboratory Core Competencies

9:00 AM
Case Study Presentation: A Real World Example Illustrating the Epi-Lab Relationship

10:00 AM
Morning Break

10:30 AM
Breakout Session: Summarize Gaps and Strategies for Enhanced Communications

11:30 AM
Lunch on your own

1:00 PM
Share Perspectives from Recent Lab-Epi Relationship Forum

1:30 PM
Discuss Keys to Success Strategies for Improving Epi-Lab Communications Document

2:00 PM
Breakout Session: Discuss Improving Epi-Lab Communications Worksheets

3:00 PM
Afternoon Break

3:30 PM
Discuss Practical Opportunities for Increased Collaboration between Epidemiologists and Laboratorians & Implementation of Epi-Lab Communications Worksheets

4:45 PM
Wrap Up and Evaluations

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