ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) Biosafety Program

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The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Biosafety Program addresses challenges in clinical and public health laboratories through the development of a community of practice (CoP).This project is an adaptation of the clinician-based ECHO Model™, developed by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. The ECHO Model™ invites peers to engage in a virtual environment on a frequent, regular basis where they share support, guidance, and feedback. The goal of this project is to use the ECHO Model to improve biosafety in clinical and public health laboratories by increasing the knowledge and skills of the biosafety CoP members to address previously identified biosafety gaps. The objectives of this project are to: 

  • Discuss biosafety challenges among clinical and public health laboratory professionals 
  • Foster collaborations and sharing of laboratory biosafety expertise 
  • Promote the application of best biosafety practices and advance the culture and practice of laboratory safety 

The ECHO Biosafety sessions are 60-90 minutes each and occur every month. The CoP members convening at the sessions will share best practices, tools, and resources to address biosafety gaps in clinical and public health laboratories.  

For questions, contact DLSbiosafety@cdc.gov

Connect virtually by Zoom to attend the ECHO Biosafety sessions: https://cdc.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsdO6uqTgpHCSf2XEJ28Y829jQtvKgWj4

2024 ECHO Biosafety Sessions

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January 30, 12:00 PM ET

Month

January 30, 12:00 PM ET

Laboratory Biorisk Management:  What It Is and How to Improve It 

Area of Discussion

Laboratory Biorisk Management:  What It Is and How to Improve It 

Kalpana Rengarajan, PhD, MPH, JM, RBP (ABSA) 

Emory University 

Speakers

Kalpana Rengarajan, PhD, MPH, JM, RBP (ABSA) 

Emory University 

February 27, 12:00 PM ET

Month

February 27, 12:00 PM ET

A Stepwise Process to Improve Biorisk Management Systems

Area of Discussion

A Stepwise Process to Improve Biorisk Management Systems

To be determined

Speakers

To be determined

March 26, 12:00 PM ET

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March 26, 12:00 PM ET

Leadership: Roles, Responsibilities, and Authorities

Area of Discussion

Leadership: Roles, Responsibilities, and Authorities

To be determined

Speakers

To be determined

April 30, 12:00 PM ET

Month

April 30, 12:00 PM ET

Planning: Developing and Achieving Biorisk Management Objectives 

Area of Discussion

Planning: Developing and Achieving Biorisk Management Objectives 

To be determined

Speakers

To be determined

May 28, 12:00 PM ET

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May 28, 12:00 PM ET

Support: Resources, Competence, and Awareness

Area of Discussion

Support: Resources, Competence, and Awareness

To be determined

Speakers

To be determined

June 25, 12:00 PM ET

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June 25, 12:00 PM ET

Support: Communication and Documented Information 

Area of Discussion

Support: Communication and Documented Information 

To be determined

Speakers

To be determined

July 30, 12:00 PM ET

Month

July 30, 12:00 PM ET

Support: Personal Security and Control of Suppliers

Area of Discussion

Support: Personal Security and Control of Suppliers

To be determined

Speakers

To be determined

August 27, 12:00 PM ET

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August 27, 12:00 PM ET

Operations: Planning and Maintaining

Area of Discussion

Operations: Planning and Maintaining

To be determined

Speakers

To be determined

September 24, 12:00 PM ET

Month

September 24, 12:00 PM ET

Operations: Emergency Response

Area of Discussion

Operations: Emergency Response

To be determined

Speakers

To be determined

October 22, 12:00 PM ET

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October 22, 12:00 PM ET

Operations: Contingency Plan

Area of Discussion

Operations: Contingency Plan

To be determined

Speakers

To be determined

November 19, 12:00 PM ET

Month

November 19, 12:00 PM ET

Biorisk Management Performance Evaluation

Area of Discussion

Biorisk Management Performance Evaluation

To be determined

Speakers

To be determined

December 17, 12:00 PM ET

Month

December 17, 12:00 PM ET

Biorisk Management Continual Improvement

Area of Discussion

Biorisk Management Continual Improvement

To be determined

Speakers

To be determined

2023 ECHO Biosafety Sessions

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Month

Area of Discussion

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Area of Discussion

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January 31, 12:00 PM ET

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January 31, 12:00 PM ET

Public Health Laboratory Professional Burnout and Effect on Safety

Session Materials

Area of Discussion

Public Health Laboratory Professional Burnout and Effect on Safety

Session Materials

Anthony Tran, DrPH, MPH, D(ABMM) 

California Department of Public Health

Speakers

Anthony Tran, DrPH, MPH, D(ABMM) 

California Department of Public Health

February 28, 12:00 PM ET

Month

February 28, 12:00 PM ET

Risk Assessment in Clinical Laboratories

Session Materials

Area of Discussion

Risk Assessment in Clinical Laboratories

Session Materials

Crystal Fortune, MPH, MLS (ASCP)CM RBP (ABSA)

Montana Laboratory Services Bureau

Speakers

Crystal Fortune, MPH, MLS (ASCP)CM RBP (ABSA)

Montana Laboratory Services Bureau

March 22, 12:00 PM ET

Month

March 22, 12:00 PM ET

Safely Implementing New Diagnostics Platforms Commonly Used in Clinical Laboratories

Session Materials

Area of Discussion

Safely Implementing New Diagnostics Platforms Commonly Used in Clinical Laboratories

Session Materials

Christina Egan, PhD 

Michael J. Perry, MS, MS Ed. 

New York State Department of Health 

Speakers

Christina Egan, PhD 

Michael J. Perry, MS, MS Ed. 

New York State Department of Health 

April 25, 12:00 PM ET

Month

April 25, 12:00 PM ET

Decontamination of Laboratory Equipment

Session Materials

Area of Discussion

Decontamination of Laboratory Equipment

Session Materials

Shawn G. Gibbs, PhD, MBA, CIH  

School of Public Health, Texas A&M University 

Aurora Le, PhD, MPH, CPH, CSP 

School of Public Health, University of Michigan 

Speakers

Shawn G. Gibbs, PhD, MBA, CIH  

School of Public Health, Texas A&M University 

Aurora Le, PhD, MPH, CPH, CSP 

School of Public Health, University of Michigan 

May 30, 12:00 PM ET

Month

May 30, 12:00 PM ET

PPE Use (What, Who, Why, When, and How)

Session Materials

Area of Discussion

PPE Use (What, Who, Why, When, and How)

Session Materials

Peter C. Iwen, PhD, D(ABMM), F(AAM) 

Nebraska Public Health Laboratory University Nebraska Medical Center 

Speakers

Peter C. Iwen, PhD, D(ABMM), F(AAM) 

Nebraska Public Health Laboratory University Nebraska Medical Center 

June 27, 12:00 PM ET

Month

June 27, 12:00 PM ET

Laboratory Acquired Infections

Session Materials

Area of Discussion

Laboratory Acquired Infections

Session Materials

Sheldon Campbell, MD, PhD 

David Peaper, PhD 

Yale University School of Medicine

Speakers

Sheldon Campbell, MD, PhD 

David Peaper, PhD 

Yale University School of Medicine

July 18, 12:00 PM ET

Month

July 18, 12:00 PM ET

Biosafety Challenges in Alaska

Session Materials

Area of Discussion

Biosafety Challenges in Alaska

Session Materials

John Laurance  

Alaska State Public Health Laboratories

Speakers

John Laurance  

Alaska State Public Health Laboratories

August 29, 12:00 PM ET

Month

August 29, 12:00 PM ET

Safety Challenges with Specimen Collection, Transport, Accessioning, and Storage

Session Materials

Area of Discussion

Safety Challenges with Specimen Collection, Transport, Accessioning, and Storage

Session Materials

Joey Stringer 

Kayle Cirrincione

Dallas County Health and Human Services

Speakers

Joey Stringer 

Kayle Cirrincione

Dallas County Health and Human Services

September 26, 12:00 PM ET

Month

September 26, 12:00 PM ET

Medical Waste Management

Session Materials

Area of Discussion

Medical Waste Management

Session Materials

Nikki Parrish, PhD 

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Speakers

Nikki Parrish, PhD 

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

October 31, 12:00 PM ET

Month

October 31, 12:00 PM ET

Quality in Biosafety

Session Materials

Area of Discussion

Quality in Biosafety

Session Materials

Jill J. Power, MS, M(ASCP), CMQ/OE(ASQ)

New Hampshire Public Health Laboratories

Speakers

Jill J. Power, MS, M(ASCP), CMQ/OE(ASQ)

New Hampshire Public Health Laboratories

November 28, 12:00 PM ET

Month

November 28, 12:00 PM ET

Laboratory Professional Vaccine Compliance and Effect on Safety

Session Materials

Area of Discussion

Laboratory Professional Vaccine Compliance and Effect on Safety

Session Materials

Michael Pentella, PhD, D(ABMM) 

State Hygienic Laboratory,

University of Iowa 

Speakers

Michael Pentella, PhD, D(ABMM) 

State Hygienic Laboratory,

University of Iowa 

Find archived content from the ECHO sessions on diagnostic excellence piloted by the Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS) in 2020.