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TB Notes 3, 2004
UPDATES FROM THE COMMUNICATIONS, EDUCATION,
AND BEHAVIORAL STUDIES BRANCH
Benefits of Using the
TB Information CD-ROM
Consider the time, money, and effort it takes to produce, update,
and distribute each of the TB education and training products available
on the DTBE Publications Order Form. Managing these products
efficiently is a high priority in DTBE’s Communications, Education,
and Behavioral Studies Branch. We are always looking for innovative
ways to keep you supplied with cost-efficient, up-to-date products.
Thus, we are pleased to announce that the TB Information CD-ROM,
version 4, is now available.
With the exception of videos, this CD-ROM holds every item that
can be ordered from the DTBE Publications Order Form. Owing to shrinking
funds available for printing, we encourage you to order and use
the TB Information CD-ROM instead of print-based materials when
targeting specific audiences (e.g., physicians or health care workers).
As shown in the tables below, the costs associated with producing
and distributing copies of the CD-ROM are significantly less than
those for printing and distributing print-based products.
Costs of producing DTBE products
1 copy of each publication on
the TB Information CD-ROM
1 copy of the TB Information
Costs of mailing DTBE products
1 copy of the Core Curriculum
on Tuberculosis (which is on the CD-ROM)
1 copy of the TB Information
Not only does DTBE realize cost-saving benefits when you use the
TB Information CD-ROM, there are many other benefits that directly
- Saves storage space. One disk holds all of the products (approximately
50) currently found on the DTBE Publications Order Form, except
- Provides more up-to-date information. We are able to
update single pieces of information on the CD-ROM more quickly
and easily than we can update an entire print-based product.
- Provides access to documents that are currently out of stock.
Some documents whose print versions are currently out of stock
are included on the CD-ROM (e.g., Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis).
- Provides instant access to information. The Web interface reduces
the amount of time it takes to find information, with menus and
links to related documents.
- Conserves resources. Using the CD-ROM reduces the amount of
paper and energy consumed in producing, storing, and distributing
DTBE print-based products.
You may order the CD-ROM in the following ways:
- Through DTBE’s online ordering system:
- By mailing or faxing a DTBE Educational and Training Materials
- Through the CDC Voice and Fax Information System by calling,
toll-free, 1-888-232-3228 and requesting the TB Information
CD-ROM, order #99-6879.
So next time you are ready to order TB education and training materials,
join us in our cost-saving efforts — order the TB Information CD-ROM.
—Submitted by Betsy Carter, MPH, CHES
Div of TB Elimination
The purpose of a DTBE mini-fellowship is to provide DTBE staff
with first-hand experience with and knowledge about the role of
public health agencies in carrying out TB control activities. The
Francis J. Curry, Charles P. Felton, and New Jersey Medical School
National TB Model Centers offer mini-fellowships through which they
share their TB expertise and knowledge with DTBE staff.
Regina Bess and Amera Khan, Health Education Specialists in the
Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch of DTBE,
had a unique opportunity to participate in mini-fellowships at both
the Charles P. Felton and the New Jersey Medical School National
TB Model Centers in February 2004.
Regina and Amera spent the first part of their fellowship at the
Charles P. Felton National Tuberculosis Center at Harlem Hospital.
The Harlem center provided the fellows an overview of the center’s
history, its current projects, and its clinic and fast-track visit
operations, as well as an opportunity to observe DOT in the field.
They met with Harlem center staff, including former TB patients
now serving as peer support workers in the Tuberculosis Adherence
Partnership Alliance Study (TAPAS). They also received a geographic
and historic tour of the Harlem area, providing them with a better
understanding of the sociodemographics of the community that the
The Harlem center coordinated with the New York City Department
of Health and Mental Hygiene to give the fellows an opportunity
to learn about the Bureau of TB Control’s operations. Bureau staff
provided an overview of their program structure and an opportunity
to visit and learn about the clinic and outreach functions of the
Brooklyn TB Chest Center and the Regional Field Office.
The next part of the mini-fellowship was conducted at the New
Jersey Medical School (NJMS) National TB Model Center. Bruce MacLachlan,
a Public Health Advisor in the Field Services and Evaluation Branch,
joined the visit as another DTBE fellow. The visit started out with
a tour and an overview of the center, conducted by the NJMS National
TB Model Center Executive Director, Dr. Lee Reichman. This was followed
by an overview of the center’s structure and its education, training,
and research activities. Center staff provided information on the
various projects and functions, including contact investigations,
MDR case presentations, and the clinic structure and management.
The fellows observed a case management team meeting, infusion therapy
for MDR patients, the pediatric clinic, and hospital surveillance
activities, as well as DOT and contact investigations in the field.
The fellows also observed the center’s 2-day “TB Case Management
for Nurses” course. The fellows then traveled to Trenton, NJ, to
learn about the New Jersey Department of Health TB Program’s policy,
management, and TB control operations.
Regina and Amera learned much about the different Model TB Center
and Department of Health operations and would like to thank the
staff at the participating sites for their dedication and willingness
to share their TB control operations expertise and knowledge.
—Submitted by Regina Bess and Amera Khan
Div of TB Elimination
Find Your Way to www.findtbresources.org
Launched in October 2003, the TB Education and Training Resources
Web Site – www.findtbresources.org
– offers a wealth of resources for TB health care professionals.
The main feature of the website is the searchable database of materials
available from numerous national and international organizations.
Users can specify fields such as language and format to find materials
to meet their needs. Many materials can be printed directly from
Homepage of the Website
Users can also share their organization’s TB materials with others.
A submission form (TB
Materials Submission Request) can be used to submit information
on any materials that are not already included in the website. The
site also allows users to
- Find out how to order TB materials
- Locate funding opportunities
- Get information about TB organizations
- Find out about upcoming events
- Sign up for TB-related electronic mailing lists and digests
- Locate TB images
- Locate TB-related Web links
TB Highlight of the Month
Each month, a material, resource, or event is profiled as the
“Highlight of the Month” on the website’s homepage. To be submitted
as the Highlight of the Month, the item must be current, orderable
or available online, and visually interesting (e.g., colorful, bold,
image-laden), and it must have a clearly defined topic or issue.
Past Highlights of the Month:
- Partners in Health’s pocket guide, The PIH Guide to
the Medical Management of Multidrug-Resistant TB
- CDC’s poster, World TB Day, March 24: TB Elimination:
Now Is the Time!
- WHO’s report, TB: Tuberculosis
- The Migrant Clinicians Network’s book, Manual for
the Management of Binational Tuberculosis Patients
- The National Commission on Correctional Health Care and
the Francis J. Curry National Tuberculosis Center’s booklet,
Corrections Tuberculosis Training and Education Resource
Web Site Evaluation
In the first 3 months after its launch, the site had 15,222 visits.
An analysis of Web usage data indicates that the site is being accessed
by both domestic and international audiences. Many of the visits
are from return users, suggesting that it is meeting some users’
needs. However, to better assess the navigability of the site
and determine specific user needs, surveys and usability tests will
be done in the future.
Web Site User
- “This is very well done. The search machine seems
quite flexible, and the information on the individual resource
pages is perfect (source with link, physical description,
format, audience, date revised, etc.).”
- “It is really user-friendly, like a Google for TB materials.”
Be sure to bookmark the TB Education and Training Resources
Any questions or comments about the Web site can be directed to
—Reported by Hsin-Hsin Foo, MPH, and Amera Khan,
Div of TB Elimination