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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
—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
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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
- Through DTBE’s online ordering system:
- By mailing or faxing the DTBE Educational and Training Materials
- 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
—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
- 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,
Div of TB Elimination