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TB Notes 1, 2002
Updates From the Communications and Education Branch
TB Education and Training Network:
"Bringing Together TB Education and Training Professionals"
The TB Education and Training Network (TB ETN) is
actively seeking new members. The goals of the Network are to further
TB education and training by
- Building, strengthening, and maintaining collaboration,
- Providing a mechanism for sharing resources to avoid duplication,
- Developing, improving, and maintaining access to resources,
- Providing updated information about TB courses and training
- Assisting members in skill building.
Benefits of TB ETN membership include the opportunity to
- Network and collaborate with other TB professionals,
- Exchange ideas, information, and experiences,
- Access and share resources,
- Collaborate on training and education research,
- Receive updated information about TB courses and training initiatives,
- Build TB education and training related skills, and
- Pilot-test and preview new communication and education
Membership is open to all persons who have an interest in TB education
and training issues. There are two types of membership status:
Active member: These are individuals who have the lead role
for TB education and training in their agencies. Active members
have the opportunity to participate in all TB ETN activities, receive
priority registration for all TB ETN meetings and activities, vote
on TB ETN business-related issues, and serve on subcommittees.
Information-only member: These are individuals who do not
have a lead role in TB education and training in their agencies
or do not wish to actively participate in TB ETN activities. Information-only
members receive information about TB ETN meetings, activities, and
other pertinent news via e-mail postings to the membership. Information-only
members are not eligible to vote on TB ETN business-related issues
or serve on subcommittees.
New members may join the TB ETN at any time during the year. There
are no membership fees. In order to keep the membership list current,
the steering committee may, on an as-needed basis, request members
to re-register. If you are interested in joining TB ETN, please
send an e-mail to TBETN@cdc.gov
and request a registration form. If you have any questions about
TB ETN, please feel free to contact Maria Fraire at (404) 639-5317
or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Gabrielle Benenson at (404) 639-5320 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Reported by Maria Fraire, MPH, CHES
Division of TB Elimination
TB Information Guide CD-ROM, Version 2.0
Due to the popularity of the CD-ROM entitled TB Information
Guide, the Communications and Education Branch has released Version
2.0 with updated contents and improved usability. The TB Information
Guide CD-ROM includes many of the materials found on the Division
of TB Elimination (DTBE) Web site. The CD-ROM was designed as a
quick resource for those who do not have time to connect to the
Internet or for those who have intermittent access to the Internet.
The six sections of the CD-ROM are as follows:
Educational Materials: Health care provider
and patient education and training materials.
TB Guidelines: Guidelines from CDC's
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports and joint statements from
CDC and the American Thoracic Society (ATS).
Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Reports: TB-related
articles from CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
MMWRs are sorted by subject and by publication year.
Surveillance Reports: Tabular and graphic information
about reported TB cases from 59 reporting areas.
Slide Sets: Various slide sets developed as
accompaniments to select publications.
Ordering Information: Information on how to
order free materials from DTBE.
For quick and easy use, the CD-ROM runs automatically
when inserted into the computer and utilizes an Internet browser
(you do not need Internet access).Version 2 provides materials in
both HTML and PDF format. The HTML format was added to comply with
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, a law
that ensures individuals with disabilities increased access to electronic
and information technology provided by the federal government. Please
note that this CD-ROM does not operate on MacIntosh computers.
The CDC TB Information Guide CD-ROM can be requested
in the following ways:
- Through the DTBE's on-line ordering system: www.cdc.gov/nchstp/tb
- 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 Guide,
Reported by Betsy Carter, MPH, CHES
Division of TB Elimination
Updates on the Program Managers Course
Overview of the TB Program Managers Course
The overall purpose of the TB Program Managers Course is to improve
the planning and managerial capabilities of new TB program managers
throughout the country. The course is designed for TB controllers,
program managers, public health advisors, and nurse consultants
with programmatic responsibilities at the state, city, and regional
(within a state) levels. Optimally, a course participant should
have occupied a TB program management position for at least 6 months
but no more than 3 years.
2001 TB Program Managers Course
The Communications and Education Branch (CEB) would like to thank
the faculty and participants of the October 2001 TB Program Managers
Course for making the course such a success. CEB appreciates
the faculty's hard work in preparing the materials for their sessions
and the participants' hard work during the course. Overall evaluation
results indicate the following:
- 94% of the participants improved their knowledge scores from
precourse test to postcourse test;
- 97% of participants rated the overall quality of the course
as excellent or good; and
- 76% of the participants indicated that at least 8 of the 12
knowledge, skill, and ability (KSA) areas were adequately covered
(46% indicated that all 12 KSA areas were adequately covered).
This year's 5-day training was divided into 16 sessions. Each session
stood alone as a block of instruction, but was sequenced to build
logically on the sessions preceding it. The course sessions included
TB Prevention and Control Programs in the United States, Active
Case Surveillance, Using Epidemiology to Identify High-Risk Groups,
Effective Treatment Completion Strategies, Appropriate Regimens
and Case Management, Infection Control and Health Department TB
Clinics, Contact Investigations, Outbreak Investigations, Targeted
Testing and Treatment of Latent TB Infection, Reaching High-Risk
Populations, Using Data for Program Planning and Evaluation, Quality
Assurance and Monitoring Cases, Media Relations, Coordinating Efforts
through Training and Education, Forging Partnerships, and a Charge
The course stressed practical application of planning, management,
and evaluation concepts to the specific issues and concerns of TB
programs. Skills essential to TB program management were presented,
followed by exercises that encouraged participants to practice using
the skills in the classroom setting. At the end of each session,
participants were asked to address specific questions in a Planning
Guide, which required them to synthesize concepts presented in the
session and apply them to their own programs. The Planning Guide
was a tangible product that participants took home from the course,
to serve as a record of personal course discoveries and, more importantly,
as a road map for improving the effectiveness of their TB prevention
and control efforts.
The 2002 TB Program Managers Course
Plans are now underway for the 2002 TB Program Managers Course
to be held October 21 - 25 in Atlanta. As you read above, the TB
Program Managers Course is a multisession program (17 sessions
are planned for 2002) 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 attendees (or
their programs) are responsible for their own travel, hotel, and
per diem expenses. The course will be held in Atlanta at the Sheraton
Colony Square Hotel (at 14th Street and Peachtree).
As in the past, the 2002 TB Program Managers Course will
be limited to 30 participants who have been nominated by a DTBE
The criteria for course participants are as follows:
- Employment as a TB Controller, TB Program Manager, Nurse Consultant,
or Public Health Advisor,
- Programmatic responsibilities at the state, city, or regional
- Six months to 3 years of experience in a TB program management
- A score of 90% or greater on the prerequisite pretest (basic
- Consultant recommendation.
Reported by Scott McCoy, MEd, EdS
Division of TB Elimination