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APHL 2016 PC - LEAN-ing into the Future

June 6, 2016June, 2016

Location: Albuquerque Convention Center

Pre-Conference Workshop

“LEAN-ing into the Future:

Hands-on Practice with LEAN Tools for Your Laboratory”

Albuquerque Convention Center
Albuquerque, NM
June 6, 2016




In today's environment, public health and government environmental laboratories are challenged to maintain or increase the quality of service with limited resources, in addition to complying with evolving regulations and accreditation requirements. For a lab called upon to provide diverse services in this setting, it can be challenging to shape a consistent strategy for continuous quality improvement and process improvement. During this workshop, participants will see what LEAN can look like in various settings in order to better understand the flexibility and scalability of LEAN as a platform for continuous improvement for a lab of virtually any size or service model. Participants will engage in the use of tools, such as Huddle Meetings, Primary Visual Display Boards and Value Stream Mapping. Participants will interact with colleagues from diverse backgrounds who have helped their laboratories successfully adopt LEAN methodology. LEAN will be discussed as a set of principles that can be successfully applied in virtually any setting, as long as a few key criteria are met. Participants will each receive a flash drive of bonus material to learn more about the benefits and challenges behind this fun and effective continuous improvement approach.
At the end of this session, this participant will be able to:
- Discuss the ways in which LEAN is flexible and scalable 
Use Value Stream Mapping to shed light on the best process improvement opportunities in their own laboratory
- Describe key elements behind the successful application of any LEAN tool and identify key points at which implementation can derail
The learning event is designed to appeal to laboratory professionals of all levels, including laboratory directors and administrators from state and local public health, environmental and food safety labs. 
Catherine Johnson, MA, MT(ASCP) - Manager, Leadership and Management Curriculum, National Center for Public Health Laboratory Leadership, Association of Public Health Laboratories
- Denise Lopez, MS PHM II, CMQ/OE(ASQ) - Public Health Lab Manager, ELAP Lab Director, Tulare County, CA Public Health Laboratory
- Jill J. Power, MS, M(ASCP), CMQ/OE(ASQ) - Quality Manager, New Hampshire Public Health Laboratories
Jyl Madlem, MS, MT(ASCP) - Laboratory Program Advisor, Public Health Protection and Laboratory Services, Indiana State Department of Health 




Advanced registration through APHL is required. Registration for the full conference is not required to register for this workshop.


Registration Fee: $95. Payment may be made by credit card or check.


If you are paying by credit card you may click on the “Register Now!” link above to register. If you have not registered for an APHL/NLTN meeting online before you will need to sign up for a login and password before you can register.


If you are paying by check you must register using the Annual Meeting registration form on the main conference page and fax or mail the form.


If you have any questions or problems, please contact Terry Reamer at terry.reamer@aphl.org or 240.485.2776.

Continuing Education Credits

APHL is an approved provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences through the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) P.A.C.E.® program. Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 3.0 contact hours by attending this workshop. Sign-in sheets must be completed and the P.A.C.E.® certificate must be signed and certified by APHL staff at the registration booth at the end of your time at the conference.


Further information on the location, hotel and meeting space may be found at the APHL Annual Meeting webpage.     

There are no additional sessions for this event.