The first week in April the U.S. celebrates National Public Health Week. This year’s theme is Healthiest Nation 2030.
Since our founding 113 years ago at the University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) scientists have worked hard to ensure that generations of Wisconsinites have healthier lives and a safe and healthy environment in which to live, work and play.
- From the babies we help protect from severe health issues and even death through Newborn Screening
- To the children and adults those babies grow up to be, whose health status we monitor in Biochemical Genetics
- To the people who rely on our testing in Environmental Health to ensure the water they drink and the air they breathe is safe
- To the women whose cervical cancer we try to prevent in Cytology and the cancer patients whose therapy we help improve in Clinical Genetics
- To the drivers we help protect through our OWI Toxicology testing
- To the millions of patients whose clinical laboratory tests we help ensure are correct via Proficiency Testing
- To the people who didn’t get sick because our Communicable Disease testing helped stop a disease outbreak.
WSLH scientists and staff are committed to continuing this legacy of public, environmental and occupational health laboratory practice and policy for generations to come.
Learn more: Return on Investment (ROI) of Public Health video from the American Public Health Association – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5M9JefYxJI