How LLS Makes a Difference
Whether on the front lines or behind the scenes, LLS fellows make a difference in public health. They travel to natural disaster areas to rebuild laboratory infrastructure and respond to international public health emergencies. They train other laboratorians on cutting-edge testing to derive impactful lab data from surveillance efforts and ensure a laboratory’s quality systems are capable of producing high quality data. LLS fellows tackle public health problems through Lab-Aids or by collaborating with Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers during field investigations. On a daily basis, fellows lead cross-cutting projects at CDC, their host laboratory, or in the field that have direct and positive impacts on operations, scientific quality, and public health at-large.
Even after just 5 years, LLS is a legacy program in the making – training and retaining public health lab leaders. Most graduates (89%) become members of the public health workforce. Some alumni seek opportunities to mentor new LLS fellows, a testament to the quality of the program and the impact it has on a laboratorian’s professional development and career. LLS alumni and current fellows comprise a community of practice that supports and encourages the mentorship and advancement of laboratory scientists.
Learn about the work they do inside and outside of the lab, solving real-world health problems.