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TB Notes 2, 2004
UPDATES FROM THE COMMUNICATIONS, EDUCATION, AND
BEHAVIORAL STUDIES BRANCH
DTBE Convenes TB Behavioral and Social Science
On December 10-11, 2003, the Tuberculosis Behavioral and Social
Science Research Forum, sponsored by CDC and DTBE, was held in Atlanta,
Georgia. The goals of the Forum were to
- Identify and prioritize TB behavioral and social science research
- Contribute to the development of a research agenda for the
U.S.-based research community to guide TB behavioral and social
science research; and
- Develop and enhance partnerships between behavioral and social
science researchers and TB control providers.
The Forum brought together over 60 individuals involved or interested
in TB behavioral and social science research. This included academicians,
researchers, contractors, TB program staff, patients, as well as
representatives from the National TB Controller’s Association, the
TB model centers, and the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention
and the Division of TB Elimination.
The Forum activities included presentations from academicians
and TB program staff highlighting the contributions that behavioral
and social science research can make to TB prevention and control.
In addition, patients and health care workers shared their experiences
with TB prevention and control activities through a panel discussion.
Another panel discussion addressed the need for and challenges of
translating research into effective practice.
A key activity of the Forum involved convening participants into
“breakout sessions” where they were charged with identifying and
prioritizing behavioral and social science research gaps in the
area of TB elimination and control. DTBE staff are working with
Abt Associates to synthesize the information from the Forum, including
the breakout sessions, to develop a proceedings document.
Another Forum follow-up activity consists of finalizing a literature
review of TB behavioral and social science literature. The data
derived from the literature review will be used in conjunction with
the proceedings of the Forum to develop a research agenda for the
U.S.-based research community to guide future TB behavioral and
social science research.
Finally, a behavioral science electronic mailing list will be established. The
electronic mailing list will provide a means for maintaining the momentum from
the Forum and facilitating ongoing dialogue and consultation among
individuals interested in behavioral and social science issues as
they relate to TB prevention and control.
If you have any questions about the Forum or wish to join the
TB behavioral and social science electronic mailing list, please contact either
Nick DeLuca at (404) 639-8988 or
email@example.com or Robin Shrestha-Kuwahara at (404) 639-8314 or
—Submitted by Nick DeLuca, MA, and
Jane S. Mezoff, DrPH, CHES
Div of TB Elimination