TB Notes 1, 2005
No. 1, 2005
TB Education and Training Network Updates
TB ETN Member Highlight
Gail Denkins, RN, BS, is a Regional TB Nurse Consultant for the
American Lung Association and the Michigan Department of Community
Health. She received her BS degree in Nursing Science and Management
of Healthcare Organizations. Gail heard about TB ETN from Teri Dyke,
RN, BS, CIC (who is also a TB ETN member) and decided to join because
it was a terrific opportunity to learn, share, and network, as well
as to assist in the cause of combating TB. “I know well the benefits
of colleagues coming together to uplift each other with knowledge,
skill, and support,” Gail said. She is also a member of the TB ETN
conference planning subcommittee. Gail says she joined this committee
because it is satisfying and rewarding to work towards putting together
a meaningful and valuable conference from which professionals can
return to their respective roles armed with new knowledge, partnerships,
and inspiration! “I have assisted with other conferences in the
past and feel I can be of service,” she said.
Gail’s job responsibilities consist of providing education and
consulting expertise to assist health professionals in the control
of tuberculosis. These activities include certification of professionals
in skin testing and assisting communicable disease personnel in
TB disease management. She also assists in prevention, conference-planning,
and case management activities.
One of Gail’s projects was the development of an educational program,
called “Lunch for a Bunch,” for employers and employees of a local
company. The purpose of the program was to bring together employees
or their family members with diabetes to share lunch and learning
programs, while at the same time creating support networks at the
workplace. This particular employer had employees with high numbers
of sick days related to diabetes. The plan was to track the anticipated
reduction of sick days after the lunch hour education programs had
provided basic and necessary information to control this chronic
disease. It proved to be a win-win situation. Gail enjoyed working
with the diabetes prevention and control project through CDC and
the Chronic Disease Division at the Michigan Department of Community
Besides Gail’s work-related activities, her personal interests
revolve around her family: her husband, Greg, to whom she has been
married for 36 years; her four grown children; and her seven grandchildren.
She also shares her home with Elvis the yellow lab, Jake the beagle,
and Marilyn the cat. The family’s shared interest is their small
log cabin in Indian River, Michigan. There they enjoy hiking, fishing,
riding snow mobiles, and creating fine cuisine! “It is glorious
to be in the North Woods and see all the beauty around us,” Gail
relates. Her hobbies include herb and flower gardening, home decorating
and sewing, and painting.
Gail is also a member of the American College of Healthcare
Executives, from whom she received an Outstanding Mentorship Award
from the Indiana Society for Healthcare Education and Training in
In the future, Gail would like to see TB ETN broaden its scope
by enlisting more international colleagues and perhaps developing
a mentoring program. “Imagine the broad-based learning and understanding
that could be shared around the world!” explained Gail. In addition,
the mentoring program could increase the opportunities for training
If you’d like to join Gail as a member and take advantage of all
TB ETN has to offer, please send an e-mail requesting a TB ETN registration
form to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also send a request by
fax at (404) 639-8960 or by mail at
CEBSB, Division of TB Elimination
1600 Clifton Rd., N.E., MS E10
Atlanta, Georgia 30333
If you would like additional information about the TB Education
and Training Network, visit the website.
—Reported by Regina Bess
Div of TB Elimination
TB ETN Cultural Competency Subcommittee Update
The TB ETN Cultural Competency Subcommittee has set its agenda
for the months ahead. This year the committee is co-chaired by Savitri
Tsering of Wisconsin and Margaret Rohter of Illinois.
For the September 2004 - October 2005 year, the TB ETN Cultural
Competency Subcommittee plans to
- Craft and launch a new cultural competency needs assessment
of the TB ETN membership
In 2002, the TB ETN Cultural Competency subcommittee conducted
a needs assessment of TB ETN members in the area of cultural competency.
Because TB ETN membership has doubled, the subcommittee plans
to revise and repeat the needs assessment. The subcommittee is
currently seeking volunteers from its membership to be part of
the work group that will design the new assessment. This needs
assessment will be launched during the 2005 TB ETN conference.
- Assist the TB ETN 2005 conference planning committee to ensure
that cultural competency presentations continue to be part of
the conference agenda
Based on the August 2004 TB ETN conference evaluations, TB ETN
members still want to learn more about cultural competency. Creative
ways to integrate cultural competency into the program are being
- Solicit stories from the TB ETN membership to include in the
New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) National TB Center cultural competency
As a representative of our subcommittee, NJMS National TB Center
staff member Lauren Moschetta will request submissions from the
TB ETN membership for the newsletter. In addition, submissions
that are of interest but not used in the newsletter will be explored
as possible options for "local" presentations for the
TB ETN conference on the use of cultural competency in the field
to enhance services TB patients receive.
- Review ethnographic profiles developed by a CDC research team
on population groups' immigration history, TB related beliefs,
and immigrant experience with TB treatment in the United
States; provide feedback on the profiles
and offer distribution suggestions to the research team
- Continue to review cultural competency tools and add them to
the cultural competency resource list, which is available from
Heather Joseph (email@example.com)
The committee wants to share the following Cultural Competency
“Culture is a complex matter. Although we often think of it in
terms of beliefs and values, it is actually more than that. Culture
comprises what we feel; what we learn; what we do; who we spend
our time with; memories of and preferences for smells, tastes, sounds,
and feelings; images and stories we cherish. It is the resource
we all draw on when we problem solve, interpret information, plan
for the future, assess ourselves and others, and locate ourselves
within time and space.”
—Osher D and Mejia B. Overcoming barriers to intercultural relationships.
Reaching Today's Youth 1999; 3(2):48-49.
—Submitted by Savitri Tsering, MSSW
TB Elimination and Refugee Health Coordinator
Wisconsin Division of Public Health
TB ETN Membership
If you have not yet registered or re-registered for TB ETN membership,
now is the perfect time to do it. Membership is free, and new and
re-registering members will receive a beautiful TB ETN lapel pin!
Two membership options are available for the TB ETN: Active
and Information Only.
Those who have a lead role in TB education and training within
their agencies are encouraged to apply for Active membership. Benefits
of Active membership include opportunities to participate in all
TBETN activities, including subcommittees and the annual TBETN conference.
Active members are entitled to priority registration for all TB
ETN meetings, and may also vote on TB ETN business-related issues.
Information Only membership may appeal to those less directly involved
in TB education and training, but interested in maintaining and
improving their understanding of TB-related issues and practice.
Information Only members receive information about TB ETN meetings,
activities, etc., via convenient e-mail postings. Subcommittee participation
and voting privileges are not extended to this membership, however.
Request a membership registration form by sending an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Register today!
—Submitted by Linette McElroy
Vancouver Island Health Authority