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TB Notes 1, 2005

No. 1, 2005

TB Education and Training Network Updates

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 explored.

  • Solicit stories from the TB ETN membership to include in the New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) National TB Center cultural competency newsletter

    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 (

The committee wants to share the following Cultural Competency Tip:

“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


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