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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 initiatives, and
  • 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 materials.

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 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, or Gabrielle Benenson at (404) 639-5320 or by e-mail at

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:
  • By mailing or faxing a DTBE Educational and Training Materials Order Form
  • Through the CDC Voice and Fax Information System by calling, toll-free, 1-888-232-3228 and requesting the TB Information Guide, order #99-6879.

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 to Participants.

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 program consultant.

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 level,
  • Six months to 3 years of experience in a TB program management position,
  • A score of 90% or greater on the prerequisite pretest (basic TB knowledge),
  • Consultant recommendation.

Reported by Scott McCoy, MEd, EdS
Division of TB Elimination


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