DomesticPreparedness met Scott J. Becker, Executive Director, Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL). The APHL executive director discusses the role of public health laboratories in major health emergencies and tells how their disease-testing capabilities can assist both bioterrorist and chemical-incident responses under the multi-tiered Laboratory Response Network (LRN).

John F. Morton

John F. Morton is the Strategic Advisor for DomPrep. He is also the Homeland Security Team Lead for the Project on National Security Reform (PNSR). A member of the DomPrep team since its founding, he has served as managing editor for writer assignments and interviewer for scores of DomPrep audio interviews.

Scott Becker

Scott J. Becker serves as the executive director for the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), a position he has held since 1997. As the Association's chief staff executive, Scott is responsible for the programmatic and fiscal operations of APHL, as well as for policy development and strategy. Under his leadership, APHL has doubled in the number of staff, tripled its programs for members and quadrupled its budget. In 1999 he was recognized as one of the nation's top association executives under 40.Prior to joining APHL, Scott served as the deputy executive director of the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH). Earlier in his career, while on sabbatical from ASPH, he spent one year directing a World Health Organization (WHO) initiative in integrating HIV/AIDS into health professions curricula, from the WHO headquarters in Geneva.

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