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TB Notes 1, 2004

TB Education and Training Network Updates

TB ETN Member Highlight

Far from being new to the education and training field, Suzy Peters is a dedicated TB ETN member who holds three degrees (BS, MS, PhD) in health education. Suzy is a Health Education Consultant with the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of TB and Refugee Health, and is one of the newest steering committee members for TB ETN.

In Florida, Suzy channels her experience and energy into a plethora of projects. She has developed a comprehensive TB Education Resource Center of printed and video materials for patients, the general public, and professionals. In addition, she has developed and maintains one of the most comprehensive state TB Web sites in the United States ( Suzy also provides valuable assistance to the corrections community in the development of a corrections-oriented communicable disease newsletter entitled “Disease Lockdown.”

Suzy partners with state health department nurse consultants and the A.G. Holley State TB Hospital in developing and promoting a variety of programs in Florida. In addition, she is partnering with the A.G. Holley State TB Hospital to develop field-tested TB drug fact sheets that will be translated into Spanish, Haitian, Creole, and Vietnamese. Her most ambitious project for 2004 is the video project “Mr. Sputum Goes to the Lab.”

Having been a member of TB ETN since it was established in 2001, Suzy has become one of the most active members in the network. She states, “When I went to my first conference, I was totally hooked. I got excited about the potential of what TB ETN could do for me as a TB Educator and how we could share the neat things we were doing in Florida with others.” Suzy has shown great interest and dedication to TB ETN by serving as Communications/Membership Subcommittee Co-chair during 2002-2003 and was recently elected to serve on the Steering Committee during 2003-2004.

Suzy’s energy reflects her younger days when she was active in all types of sports. These days she is mostly a spectator on the playing field, with the exception of an occasional set of tennis or round of golf. Her primary hobby is woodworking. She is the founder of the Tallahassee Woodcrafters Society and helped to build the log cabin in which she lives today. Her other passion is animals. She has 5 dogs, 2 cats, and a tank of fish. Only two of the dogs are actually hers. The rest are ones who have adopted her or that she acquired from people who thought she would be a good “pet mom.”

Suzy sets her goals high for TB ETN in the next few years. She hopes to increase the visibility and membership of TB ETN. She states, “By virtue of membership, a professional will be exposed to frequent communication about everything new and exciting in TB education and training. The more we share and communicate with one another, the less resources spent on reinventing the wheel.”

—Submitted by Betsy Carter, MPH, CHES
Div of TB Elimination

Cultural Competency Subcommittee: Update

The Cultural Competency Subcommittee began its activities in January 2003.  The first activity was to conduct a needs assessment of the TB ETN membership to determine how best to assist members in the development of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to 1) train their staff in cultural competency and 2) develop culturally appropriate educational materials and services. Most respondents wanted to learn more about health beliefs and practices of different cultures and believe that cultural competency is important to their work. Respondents also felt that an index of cultural competency resources, access to online resources, and access to cultural competency assessment tools would be beneficial. Results of the needs assessment guided the development of the subcommittee’s goals, objectives, and tasks.

The goal of the Cultural Competency Subcommittee is to promote cultural competency among members of TB ETN. The objectives are to

  • Identify tools, materials, and other resources in the area of cultural competency and make these available to TB ETN members, 
  • Provide a forum for TB ETN members to network with others in the area of cultural competency, and
  • Promote the availability of the cultural competency subcommittee as a resource for input on cultural/linguistic issues.

The subcommittee has created a cultural competency resource spreadsheet, which was shared with other TB ETN members at the annual conference in Atlanta. The subcommittee will continue to update and maintain this list. If you are aware of any resource (such as a Web site, article, report, manual, assessment tool, or professional contact) that would be helpful to others interested in cultural competence, please contact subcommittee member Heather Joseph ( You may also contact her to obtain a copy of the resource spreadsheet for your own use.

In addition, the subcommittee will be sharing “Cultural Competency Tips” in each issue of  TB Notes. Look for the tip in this section.

The Cultural Competency Subcommittee is composed of TB trainers and educators who are dedicated to cultural competency and its application  to TB control activities. If you are interested in joining this subcommittee, please send an e-mail to

Cultural Competency Quote

“Managing illness cross-culturally depends on communication, but communication depends on understanding the socially and culturally determined references and performances associated with a diagnosis and its treatment. Because people, their communities, and the process of acculturation is dynamic, there are no simple rules of thumb or tactics that are eternal. In my opinion what the management of TB cross culturally requires is a living system that can adapt with the target population as it adapts to the forces acting on it. It also requires a system that can educate and intervene in the culture of medicine and in the target community on both an individual and community level.”

- Carey Jackson.  From “Linguistic and Cultural Aspects of Tuberculosis Screening and Management for Refugees and Immigrants” presented at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Conference, March 1-2, 1996, in Chicago, Illinois.

—Submitted by Gabrielle Benenson, MPH
Div of TB Elimination


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