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TB Notes 1, 2001

Updates from the Communication and Education Branch

World TB Day Observed at CDC

CDC held an observance of World TB Day on Friday, March 23, for CDC employees. The purpose of this observance was to remind us that although great advances have been made in the control and management of TB, there is still much to be done to advance TB elimination, both in the United States and globally. This year's World TB Day program for CDC used a three-pronged approach to demonstrate how far we have come, why we need to continue, and what the future might hold for TB elimination efforts. This approach consisted of the following activities. First, a TB exhibit at CDC's Global Health Odyssey officially opened. This special exhibit on TB was developed in collaboration with the American Lung Association (ALA) to present the history of TB control and management. This was achieved through the use of materials on loan from individuals and from the archives of the ALA. The historical perspective of this exhibit chronicled the great advances that have been made in TB control. The exhibit opened on Friday, March 23. Second, a speaker gave a personal account about the impact of having TB. The third component was a series of speakers who provided an overview of the future of TB elimination. Their topics included research on shorter courses of therapy, TB vaccines, and global assistance to facilitate TB elimination in countries abroad. The TB exhibit was attended on its opening day by a number of high-level CDC staff and remained on display at the Global Health Odyssey throughout the following week.

-Reported by Scott McCoy
Division of TB Elimination

Image 1: "TB Elimination: Now is the Time" Poster

Development of Training and Education Materials for Baltic-Country Nurses

In early February, two members of DTBE, Dr. Kayla Laserson and Wanda Walton, went to Estonia to participate in a workgroup convened to develop training and education materials and a training course for nurses in the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania). These materials and a training course are needed to address the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) needed by nurses in this area as they move from an inpatient-only TB program to a program that includes outpatient care as well.

In addition to the DTBE representatives, workgroup members included a number of Estonian, Latvian, and Finnish health care professionals. Representing Estonia were Kai Vink, head of the Estonia National TB Program, Tartu University Lung Hospital, Tartu; Manfrid Danilovits, head of the TB Department, Tartu University Lung Hospital, Tartu; Kersti Viitkar, Chief Nurse, Tartu University Lung Hospital, Tartu; Anu Kurve, head of the Ambulatory Department, Kivimae Hospital, Tallin; Haeinart Sillatsu, manager of the Training Project, Tartu University Lung Hospital, Tartu; and Kersti Kloch, technical assistant of the workshop, Tartu University Lung Hospital, Tartu. Vaira Leimane, head of the Latvia National TB Program, Riga, represented Latvia. Two members, Viveca Bergman and Sirkku Grierson, are affiliated with the Finnish Lung Health Association. The workgroup representative from the World Health Organization (WHO) was unable to attend due to travel difficulties.

Over the course of 2 days, the group reviewed a variety of materials utilized for educating and training nurses. This included materials developed by DTBE, WHO, the New Jersey Medical School National TB Center, and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). After discussions, the group decided that the training course materials would be based upon the DTBE Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis 1-9, which would be revised and adapted using the other materials and program-specific guidelines. The materials are to be tailored to the setting of the Baltic countries. Specific recommendations for revisions to each module were decided by group consensus. Additional examples and exercises for the course will be used from other sources as needed.

Each meeting participant or that person's delegate was assigned one of the nine modules for appropriate revision; a workplan with a timeline and a budget was also developed. In addition to the modules, a training course based upon the modules will be conducted in Estonia in October 2001 for a group of nurses from the Baltic countries. The educational materials and course materials will then be revised for additional training courses in the Baltic countries, as well as Russia. The group was very enthusiastic about the plans for developing and disseminating these materials and training modules to address the education and training needs of nurses in the area in their changing role in TB control programs.

-Reported by Wanda Walton, MEd,
and Kayla Laserson, ScD
Division of TB Elimination

Join TB-EDucate!

DTBE and the CDC National Prevention Information Network (CDC NPIN) are pleased to announce the formation of TB-EDucate, an education and training e-mail electronic mailing list. TB-EDucate provides subscribers the opportunity to ask questions, share comments, and exchange information with other subscribers about TB health education and training issues. TB-EDucate is open to anyone who has an interest in these topics. However, TB-EDucate is not meant to be a forum for requesting or providing patient-specific information.

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-Submitted by Maria Fraire, MPH, CHES
Division of TB Elimination

TB Program Managers Course

The Communications and Education Branch (CEB) would like to thank the faculty and participants of the June 2000 TB Program Managers Course for making the course such a success. We appreciate the faculty's hard work in preparing the materials for their sessions and the participant's hard work during the course. Preliminary overall evaluation results indicate the following:

  • 97% of the participants improved their knowledge scores from precourse test to postcourse test;
  • 77% of participants rated the overall quality of the course as excellent and 17% rated the course as good; and
  • 80% of the participants indicated that at least 8 of the 12 knowledge, skill, and ability (KSA) areas were adequately covered (50% indicated that all 12 KSA areas were adequately covered).

Plans are now underway for the 2001 TB Program Managers Course, to be held October 15-19 in Atlanta. The TB Program Managers Course is a 17-session program designed for TB Program Managers, Nurse Consultants, Public Health Advisors, and TB Controllers who have programmatic responsibilities at the state, city, or regional level. There are no registration fees for attending the course, but each attendee's organization is responsible for that person's travel, hotel, and per diem expenses. The course will be held at the Sheraton Colony Square Hotel, which is at 14th Street and Peachtree in Atlanta's Midtown area.

The 2001 TB Program Managers Course course will be limited to 30 participants, who are nominated by the DTBE Program Consultants.

The criteria for participating in the course are as follows:

  • Position as a TB Controller, TB Program Manager, Nurse Consultant, or Public Health Advisor;
  • Programmatic responsibilities at the state, city, or regional level;
  • 6 months to 3 years of experience in a TB program management position;
  • 90% or greater score on the prerequisite pretest (basic TB knowledge); and
  • Recommendation by a DTBE Consultant.

Program Consultants have been working to identify possible participants and we hope to have the course filled by the end of April.

-Reported by Scott McCoy
Division of TB Elimination


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