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TB Notes Newsletter

No. 1, 2007

TB Education and Training Network Updates

TBETN Member Highlight

Kristina Ottenwess, MPH, is a Training Specialist for the Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center (SNTC). She received her BA and MPH degrees from the University of Michigan.

As a Training Specialist at the SNTC, Kristina is responsible for the development and implementation of educational products and trainings for a variety of health care audiences in the southeast region of the United States. In line with the SNTC’s goal of connecting TB health care professionals with information, training, and expertise, Kristina is also involved in actively communicating with peers, stakeholders, national TB Centers, and state and territory TB programs to promote use of training services, methods, and techniques, and marketing of activities throughout the region.

Kristina learned of TB ETN through Karen Simpson, the Director of Education and Training at the SNTC. She joined TB ETN to learn more about TB and to network with colleagues around the country working in TB education and training. She is also the co-chair of the Cultural Competency subcommittee. “I originally joined the Cultural Competency subcommittee because I am working on various Cultural Competency– related products and trainings at the SNTC. Furthermore, learning about other cultures is a personal interest of mine,” Kristina explained.

In the next 2 years, Kristina hopes TB ETN can continue to grow its membership, have successful Annual Conferences and active subcommittees, and continue to develop its resources.

Kristina is currently involved in the development of two Cultural Competency–related products for the SNTC. First, the SNTC and the Lung Health Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are working collaboratively to create country-specific “snapshots” for the birth countries most commonly reported by foreign-born TB patients treated in the Southeastern United States. The goal of this product is to help TB program staff and health care providers learn more about their patients and enhance their cultural competency skills. Currently, 31 country snapshots are scheduled for development. Second, the New Jersey Center of Excellence (COE) is in the process of developing a cultural competency resource guide and is collaborating with the three other COEs, including the SNTC, to include case examples specific for a variety of TB job functions. The guide should be completed in the spring of 2007. In addition, Kristina is in the process of developing a TB Program Manager’s course that will be similar to CDC’s course, but will be offered in various locations throughout the Southeast region.

Kristina was recently married, and devoted some time and effort to making it fun and memorable. “We started taking dance lessons in preparation for our November 11 wedding,” she said, adding that they needed much practice before the big event. In her leisure time, she also enjoys spending time with her two dogs.

Kristina is fluent in Spanish and is always looking for ways to use her skills.

If you’d like to join Kristina 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 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 visit the TB Education and Training Network website.

—Reported by Regina Bess
Div of TB Elimination


Released October 2008
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