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TB Notes 1, 2004

UPDATES FROM THE COMMUNICATIONS, EDUCATION, AND BEHAVIORAL STUDIES BRANCH

Get Online for TB Education and Training Materials!

DTBE is pleased to announce the release of the TB Education and Training Resources Web Site at www.findtbresources.org. Launched in October 2003, this Web site includes a searchable database of TB training and education resources that can be used by educators, health care providers, patients, and the general public. The Web site, which builds upon the print-based Tuberculosis Education and Training Resource Guide published in May 2003, features materials from DTBE, the National Model TB Centers, and numerous other national and international organizations. You can search for materials by categories such as topic, format, audience, language, author, and date of publication. Many of these materials can be printed directly from the Web site.

In addition to searching for TB education and training materials, you can use this Web site 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-related Web links

You can also submit materials produced by your organization for inclusion in the database. Please use the submission request form to provide information on any materials you produce that are not already included in the database. This will enable us to continue to expand and enhance this resource.

For further information about the TB Education and Training Resources Web Site, please send an e-mail to info@findtbresources.org.

—Submitted by Hsin-Hsin Foo, MPH
Div of TB Elimination

TB Weekly Update

The TB-Related News and Journal Items Weekly Update is an electronically distributed  TB-related news service that provides subscribers with weekly updates about  TB. The weekly update includes summaries of newspaper articles, citations and abstracts of medical and scientific journal articles including CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, job announcements, conference and meeting announcements, and other items of interest to individuals in the field of TB. If you are not a subscriber, you can sign up today and start receiving the updates this week.

Click on the following link, TB-Related News and Journal Items Weekly Update, and follow the easy steps for subscribing. There is no charge for the subscription, and you can unsubscribe yourself from the distribution list at any time if you no longer need the service.

—Submitted by Ann Lanner
Div of TB Elimination

Updated Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test Wall Chart Now Available

DTBE is pleased to announce the release of the newly revised Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test Wall Chart. The wall chart is one of many new and updated educational materials on the Mantoux tuberculin skin test. This wall chart illustrates and lists the key steps in administration and reading of the skin test, and describes the cutpoints for interpretation of the skin test.

The Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test Wall Chart can be ordered in the following ways:

  • Through DTBE’s online ordering system: www.cdc.gov/tb
  • By mailing or faxing the DTBE Educational and Training Materials Order Form
  • Through the CDC Voice and Fax Information System by calling toll free:  1-888-232-3228, then selecting 2, 5, 1, 2, 2, and requesting order #00-5564.

For more information about the wall chart, please send an e-mail to tbinfo@cdc.gov.

—Reported by Hsin-Hsin Foo, MPH
Div of TB Elimination

2003 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, territory, 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.

2003 TB Program Managers’ Course, Oct. 20-24, Atlanta, GA

The Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch (CEBSB) would like to thank the faculty and participants of the October 2003 TB Program Managers’ Course for making the course a success. CEBSB appreciates the faculty's hard work in preparing the materials for their sessions and the participant’s hard work during the course.

This year's 5-day training was divided into 18 sessions. Each session stood alone as a block of instruction, but was sequenced to build logically on the sessions preceding it. The sessions covered topics important to TB control managers such as surveillance, epidemiology, regimens and case management, treatment completion strategies, infection control, testing and treatment of latent TB infection, reaching high-risk populations, contact investigations, outbreak investigations, program planning and evaluation, the Aggregate Reports for TB Program Evaluation (ARPEs), quality assurance, and training and education efforts. The sessions were taught by subject matter experts from DTBE and other CDC programs and from state and big city TB control programs, as well as by other partners.

The course stressed the 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.

An initial look at the TB Program Managers’ Course participant evaluations indicates the course was very well received. In the final session participants shared one thing that they will change in their program as a result of taking the course. Some of the items mentioned included the following:

  • Implementing a cohort review process
  • Establishing new partnerships
  • Applying logic models to program evaluation activities
  • Conducting even more targeted testing and treatment of LTBI programs
  • Including targeted patient education programs in conjunction with targeted testing

For the participants, the course is not entirely over. Each will be mailed a 6-month follow-up questionnaire in April 2004. Once this questionnaire is completed and returned, each participant will receive a certificate of completion for the course.

The next Program Managers’ Course will be offered in October 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia. Any individual interested in attending the next course should contact his or her DTBE Program Consultant and request to be nominated (see criteria for nomination described in the first paragraph).

—Submitted by Amera Khan, MPH, and Scott McCoy, MEd
Div of TB Elimination

 


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