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TB Notes 3, 2004
TB EDUCATION AND TRAINING NETWORK UPDATES
Jo-Ann K. Arnold, BSN, MS, is a Nurse Consultant for the Florida
Department of Health Bureau of Tuberculosis and Refugee Health.
She received her BSN degree from the University of Maryland and
her MS degree from the University of South Florida. Jo-Ann has been
a member of the TB Education and Training Network (TB ETN) from
the very beginning, having learned about it through an e-mail notification.
She decided to attend the first workshop, which she found to be
a wonderful experience. Jo-Ann joined TB ETN to network with other
persons involved in health education, find out about new educational
materials, learn new techniques for developing educational materials,
and prepare better presentations.
Jo-Ann’s job responsibilities consist of providing technical assistance
statewide for County Health Departments (CHDs) and the private sector
throughout Florida regarding TB and nursing issues, as well as developing
and providing educational presentations. In addition, she is the
coordinator of the Florida TB Nurses Network (TNN), which holds
monthly conference calls for CHD nurses and other TB nurses
within Florida to discuss issues, concerns, and problems and to
provide TB updates. She actively participates in the development
and revision of TB program policies and guidelines, and develops
and updates TB forms and educational materials. She is also the
coordinator of the State of Florida TB Control Coalition, which
meets quarterly. Members of that group are developing a Certification
for TB Nurses working in Florida TB programs.
Most recently Jo-Ann developed a Case Management for TB Nurses
training course and a Train-the-Trainer Tuberculin Skin Testing
Certification Course, and assisted in developing a Contact Investigation
In addition to Jo-Ann’s busy work life, she also enjoys reading,
especially mysteries; indoor and outdoor gardening, which provides
her with the fresh vegetables she loves; traveling (she is planning
a vacation to Hawaii later this year); exercising, particularly
swimming and walking; and cooking. And her versatility doesn’t stop
there; she is also the winner of the TB ETN Pin Design Contest!
(See TB ETN Pin Contest article later in this section.)
Her hopes for the future are that TB ETN will continue to provide
this valuable link between CDC and others in various cities, counties,
states, countries, and other jurisdictions. She would like members
to continue receiving information about new TB educational materials,
having the chance to ask questions or voice concerns about what
is happening worldwide as well as “in our own backyards,” and receiving
feedback from others who work with tuberculosis clients and face
some of the same issues.
If you’d like to join Jo-Ann as a TB ETN member and take advantage
of all TB ETN has to offer, please use the attached form
(PDF format) or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
requesting a registration form. You can also send a request by fax
to (404) 639-8960 or by mail to
CEBSB, Division of TB Elimination
1600 Clifton Rd., N.E., MS E10
Atlanta, Georgia 30333
If you would like additional information about the TB Education
and Training Network, visit the website at
—Reported by Regina Bess
Div of TB Elimination
Cultural Competency Subcommittee
The Cultural Competency Subcommittee of the TB ETN is composed
of TB trainers and educators who are passionate about cultural competency
and its application to TB control activities. The goal of the Subcommittee
is to promote cultural competency among members of TB ETN.
The objectives are as follows:
- To identify resources in the area of cultural competency
and make these available to TB ETN members
- To provide a forum through which TB ETN members can network
with others in the area of cultural competency
- To promote the availability of the Cultural Competency Subcommittee
as a resource for input on cultural and linguistic issues
If you are interested in joining this Subcommittee, please send
an e-mail to email@example.com.
Since the last edition of TB Notes, the Cultural Competency
Subcommittee has remained busy with two main projects. The first
is the creation of an annotated collection of evaluation tools for
assessing the cultural competency of TB-related educational materials.
Toward this end, we have found 12 cultural competency evaluation
tools. To facilitate objective, thorough, and relevant descriptions
of these tools, we have developed and refined a standardized review
form. The next steps will be to use the form to abstract the key
features of each evaluation tool, and to make this information available
to the TB ETN members at large in a format similar to the existing
cultural competency resource list. As new cultural competency evaluation
tools are found, they will be abstracted and added to the database.
If you are aware of any evaluation tools for assessing the cultural
competency of educational materials (particularly TB-related materials),
please inform Heather Joseph (Hjoseph1@cdc.gov).
Of course, suggestions about new materials (such as websites, articles,
reports, assessment tools, and professional contacts) for inclusion
in the general cultural competency resource list are also appreciated.
The second major focus of the Subcommittee was assisting in planning
for the annual TB ETN conference. The Subcommittee members helped
plan a plenary session and four break-out sessions addressing specific
cultural competency topics and skills.
Cultural Competency Tip
Culture Clues™ are tip sheets for clinicians, designed
to increase awareness about concepts and preferences of patients
from diverse cultures. Culture Clues™ should be used with
information from the patient and family to guide communication and
patient care. Every person is unique, so health care providers should
always consider the individual’s beliefs, needs, and concerns. This
project of the University of Washington Medical Center is available
online at depts.washington.edu/pfes/cultureclues.html.
Culture Clues™ is a project of the Staff Development Workgroup,
Patient and Family Education Committee, University of Washington
Medical Center (1999).
—Submitted by David Park, MD
TB ETN Cultural Competency Subcommittee
TB ETN Pin Design Contest Winner
The TB ETN Communications and Membership Subcommittee had earlier
launched a Pin Design Contest, and is pleased to announce that it
has a winner! The subcommittee solicited artists from the
TB ETN membership to submit designs that would promote TB ETN. The
design specifications were to include "TB ETN" on the
pin, distinguish “TB” and “ETN” from each other, keep the pin size
to within that of a U.S. quarter, and emphasize the international
nature of the TB ETN organization. There was a particular energy
and excitement about the design contest in that it allowed for a
great deal of creativity and artistic expression. We were very pleased
and impressed by the numerous submissions and exciting ideas.
TB ETN is proud to announce that Jo-Ann K. Arnold, BSN, MS, is
the winner of the contest. She is a Nurse Consultant for the Florida
Department of Health Bureau of Tuberculosis and Refugee Health (see
TB ETN Member Highlight section). Jo-Ann’s design met and surpassed
all of the design contest requirements and expectations. The design
created an enthusiastic sense of the international unity of the
Many thanks to all who participated. It was a very difficult decision
considering the many creative designs. We very much appreciate the
obvious effort put into the creation of the designs. The pins were
initially distributed to the TB ETN members at the annual TB ETN
Conference, held August 11-13 in Atlanta.
—Reported by Regina Bess
Div of TB Elimination