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 Regional Training and Medical Consultation
Center (RTMCC) is in the process of developing a cultural competency
resource guide and is collaborating with the three other RTMCCs,
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Div of TB Elimination
Released October 2008
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