TB Notes Newsletter
No. 1, 2006
TB EDUCATION AND TRAINING NETWORK
TB ETN Member Highlight
David L. Oeser is a Health Program Representative for TB Control
and Missouri’s Refugee Health Coordinator for the Missouri
Department of Health and Senior Services.
His job responsibilities include serving as a TB Training Focal
Point, Refugee Health Coordinator, and Diagnostic Services Program
Manager. He is also responsible for reviewing all latent TB infection
reports for appropriate diagnosis and treatment, and providing technical
assistance to the state’s Department of Corrections and all
local public health agencies in regard to TB and refugee health.
David first learned of TB ETN when he was browsing DTBE’s
Internet home page, saw the link for TB ETN, and investigated it.
He joined to keep up to date on available TB resources, training,
and information. He is also a member of TB ETN’s Communications
and Membership Subcommittee. “This is a very valuable resource,
and I have gotten a lot of information from TB ETN and wanted to
give back by contributing in some way,” David said. He hopes
to continue the excellent work accomplished by the members of the
Communications and Membership Subcommittee.
He recently completed six TB in-services for all TB staff in the
local public health agencies in Missouri. He held a TB Grand Rounds
session via Missouri’s Telemedicine Network, during which
several difficult TB cases were discussed among nurses, doctors,
and other interested personnel.
Annually, David coordinates Missouri’s TB Fortnight activities.
Missouri’s TB Fortnight is held during the last 2 weeks of
March to raise awareness about TB. David and his coworkers in Missouri
conduct seminars, TB Grand Rounds, and radio interviews, and also
host a Governor’s Proclamation event. “Missouri has
had speakers such as Drs. Michael Iseman and Ram Koppaka at these
functions,” he relates.
In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, reading, researching family
history, and doing cross stitch and plastic canvas craft work. Interestingly,
David came to TB control after a career in the Navy. He retired
from the U.S. Navy in 1995 after 25 years of service.
If you’d like to join David as a TB ETN 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 TB ETN, CEBSB, DTBE, CDC, 1600 Clifton Rd., N.E., MS E10, Atlanta,
Georgia 30333. If you would like additional information about the
TB ETN, visit the website at http://www.cdc.gov.nchstp/tb/TBETN/default.htm.
—Reported by Regina Bess
Div of TB Elimination
Communications and Membership Subcommittee
One of the goals of the TB ETN Communications and Membership Subcommittee
during 2005 was to develop new methods for sharing information among
members. To that end, the Subcommittee decided to use a Web board
hosted by CDC on a trial basis. The Web board is an electronic site
for posting messages that members can read when they log in.
On the Web board, a discussion board was created for TB ETN. This
discussion board has been open to members of the Communications
and Membership Subcommittee on a trial basis starting in February
2005 and to the Cultural Competency subcommittee in May 2005. As
part of this trial, three discussion board orientations were conducted
to familiarize subcommittee members with this communication tool.
Initial feedback from members of these two subcommittees has indicated
that they have found the discussion board difficult to use. Members
have also indicated that they prefer to visit the TB ETN website
to view subcommittee minutes and to use e-mails for correspondence.
The trial use of the discussion board will continue for several
more months. At the end of the trial, a determination will be made
about further use of the discussion board. If a decision is made
to continue using the discussion board, access to it may be expanded
to other subcommittees. If not, the Communications and Membership
Subcommittee will explore other ways to improve and expand information
dissemination among members.
—Reported by Linette McElroy, R.N.
Vancouver Island Health Authority TB Clinic
Victoria, British Columbia
and Scott McCoy, M.Ed.
Div of TB Elimination
Cultural Competency Subcommittee
The Cultural Competency Subcommittee welcomes Ms. Margaret Rohter,
MPH, from the Suburban Cook County TB Sanitarium District to the
helm as committee chair, and Mr. Bill Bower from the Charles Felton
TB Center in New York as co-chair. In addition to this transition
in leadership, the subcommittee is considering changing the day
and time of monthly conference calls in an effort to enable more
members to actively participate.
During the 2005 Annual TB ETN Meeting in Atlanta, the subcommittee
conducted a needs assessment among the meeting attendees. We would
like to thank the 47 individuals who took the time to respond. The
results were analyzed by Beth Kingdon and presented in a written
report. The subcommittee will use the findings from this report
as part of their continuing effort to meet the cultural competency
needs of the TB ETN membership.
Finally, if you or your colleagues have had a culturally challenging
experience that provided professional growth or insight and that
you would like to share, the subcommittee encourages you to contact
Lauren Moschetta at the New Jersey Medical School National TB Center
(NJMS NTBC), by telephone at (973) 972-1261 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Your experience could be presented as a case study in the NJMS NTBC’s
Cultural Competency Newsletter.
—Submitted by Joan Mangan, PhD, MST
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Lung Health Center
Div of Pulmonary, Allergy, and
Critical Care Medicine
Cultural Competency Tip
Accessing, using, and understanding the U.S. health care system
is difficult for almost everyone. However, for immigrants new to
this country, it can sometimes seem impossible. For some suggestions
you can use to make health care in the United States more accessible,
usable, and understandable for people new to this country, read
“In Other Words…. Communicating about Health with New
Immigrants,” an article by Helen Osborne, MEd, OTR/L, President,
Health Literacy Consulting, at http://www.healthliteracy.com/oncallnov2003.html