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TB Notes 2, 2003


What’s Up with the Prevention Effectiveness Team in 2003?

The Prevention Effectiveness (PE) Team in the Research and Evaluation Branch consists of a behavioral scientist (Robin Shrestha-Kuwahara), an epidemiologist (Suzanne Marks), and two health scientists (Heather Joseph and Noreen Qualls). We also have two prevention specialists (Sheila Jain and Diane Lowry) working with us until mid-August, and will be recruiting for a second behavioral scientist in the near future. As noted below, our projects in 2003 (for which we have lead responsibility) focus on behavioral, economic, epidemiologic, evaluation, and health services research. We also serve as co-project officers or collaborators on eight other projects in the Communications and Education Branch, Field Services Branch, International Activities office, and Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch, which are not listed here. If you would like more information about a specific PE Team project, please feel free to contact the designated lead project officer at (404) 639-8123.

—Submitted by Noreen L. Qualls, DrPH
Div of TB Elimination

PE Team Projects in 2003


Primary Objective


Participating Sites

Lead Project Officer

Using a Private Claims Database for TB Health Services Research, Evaluation, and Analysis

To describe the types and costs of medical encounters of persons accessing TB services through private insurance plans



H. Joseph

Model for Incorporating Voluntary HIV Counseling, Testing, and Referral into TB Contact Investigations

To compare the outcomes and costs of offering HIV CTR to close contacts of infectious TB cases in the Manhattan Network

Continuing TBESC Task Order #4

New York City, NY

S. Marks

Improving TB Services for Persons with HIV Infection: Documenting Success

To assess LTBI screening and treatment policies and practices among select Ryan White HIV/AIDS CARE providers


3 sites TBD

S. Marks

Assessing TB Program Resources for TB Elimination

To measure the current supply of TB program resources in high and low demand areas and compare with forecasted TB resources demand


20 sites TBD

S. Marks

Evaluation of CDC-Funded Targeted Testing and Treatment of LTBI Programs in Select State and Local TB Control Programs

To develop a prototype systematic approach to evaluate targeted testing and treatment of LTBI programs for high-risk persons


6 sites TBD

N. Qualls

Perceptions of TB among Foreign-Born Persons: An Ethnographic Study

To ascertain TB-related beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors among select foreign-born communities


Denver, CO
Atlanta, GA
St. Paul, MN
1 additional site TBD

R. Shrestha-Kuwahara


Released October 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
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