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TB Notes 2, 2004
TB Education and Training Network (TB ETN)
The Cultural Competency Subcommittee, co-chaired by Genevieve
Greeley of Utah and Savitri Tsering of Wisconsin, is composed
of volunteers from TB programs across the country. The group is
dedicated to promoting cultural competency among members of TB
ETN. During monthly conference calls members propose ideas for
projects and discuss issues related to TB ETN.
This year the group has the following plans:
- Assist the TB ETN conference planning committee in identifying
speakers and presentations on improving cultural competency
in TB programs.
- Continue to enhance the cultural competency resource database
that is available from Heather Joseph (Hjoseph1@cdc.gov).
New materials (Web sites, articles, reports, assessment tools,
professional contacts) for inclusion in the resource list are
- Share and review assessment tools for use in evaluating the
cultural appropriateness of materials. While the group is careful
not to endorse any particular methodology or guideline, it hopes
to make cultural competency tools available to TB control programs
to assist them in the evaluation of materials.
- Contribute knowledge and expertise in reviewing a draft Cultural
Competency Program Assessment Toolkit under development by the
- Submit cultural competency tips from a number of sources for
inclusion in each edition of TB Notes.
The committee wants to share the following Cultural Competency
Based on Kleinman, Eisenberg, and Good’s questions for eliciting
patient health beliefs, the following is a series of exploratory
questions for assessing patient perceptions about TB:1
What do you think causes TB?
What problems will your illness cause you?
- Why do you think you got sick when you did?
What does TB do to your body?
- How severe do you feel your illness is?
- What treatment do you think you should receive for TB?
What are the most important results you
hope to receive from treatment?
What are the main problems your illness
has caused you?
- What do you fear about your illness?
How do your family members or close friends
feel about your TB?
—Submitted by the TB ETN Cultural Competency
TB Education and Training Network
1. CDC. Improving Patient Adherence to Tuberculosis Treatment.
Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services; 1994.
Released October 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination - http://www.cdc.gov/tb
Please send comments/suggestions/requests
CDC/Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch
1600 Clifton Rd., NE - Mailstop E-10, Atlanta, GA 30333