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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  

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 Health.

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 1995.

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 and education.

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 tbetn@cdc.gov. You can also send a request by fax at (404) 639-8960 or by mail at

TB ETN
CEBSB, Division of TB Elimination
CDC
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

 


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