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TB Notes 3, 2004


Member Highlight

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 Course.

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 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 Update

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

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 ( 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

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 TB ETN.

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


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