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TB Notes Newsletter

No. 2, 2005


Cultural Competency Subcommittee: Update

The goal of the Cultural Competency Subcommittee is to promote cultural competency among members of TB ETN. The subcommittee strives to do this by -

  • identifying tools, materials, and other resources in the area of cultural competency and make these available to TB ETN members,
  • providing a forum for TB ETN members to network with others in the area of cultural competency, and
  • promoting the availability of the cultural competency subcommittee as a resource for input on cultural or linguistic issues.

In recent months, our Subcommittee has provided input for the New Jersey Model TB Centerís Cultural Competency Newsletter and their case studies solicitation effort. Lauren Moschetta, a Subcommittee member, is working on this project and our Subcommittee has given ideas as well as support for this endeavor.

We have provided feedback for the CDCís ethnographic studies project, spearheaded by Cathy Rawls. We reviewed the draft of the outline that will be used to share the results and plan to review the ethnographic profiles when completed. The data were collected at four sites in the United States and includes five profiled population groups, including immigrants from Mexico, Laos, China, Vietnam, and Somalia. The research study includes information on immigration history and patterns, beliefs about TB, and immigrantsí experiences with TB treatment in the United States.

A needs assessment regarding cultural competency issues began in the fall of 2002, and the results were presented at the TB ETN conference in August 2003.† The results of this needs assessment have driven our activities as a Subcommittee since that time. However, with the growth in membership of TB ETN, we see a need for revisiting and possibly repeating the needs assessment.† A team from our Subcommittee was formed to address this issue.

The Cultural Competency Subcommittee is composed of TB trainers and educators who are dedicated to cultural competency and its application to TB control activities. If you are interested in joining this subcommittee, please send an e-mail to

Cultural Competency Quote

ďA multicultural curriculum must address how to articulate a relationship between unity and difference that moves beyond simplistic binarisms. That is, rather than defining multiculturalism as against unity or simply for difference, it is crucial for educators to develop a unity-in-difference position in which new forms of democratic representation, participation, and citizenship provide a forum for creating unity without denying the particular, the multiple, and the specific. In this instance, the interrelationship of different cultures and identities become borderlands, sites of crossing, negotiation, translation, and dialogue.Ē
- Giroux Henry A. ''Curriculum, multiculturalism, and the politics of identity.'' NASSP* Bulletin Dec. 1992; 76 (548):1-11.

*National Association of Secondary School Principals

-Submitted by Julie McCallum, RN, MPH
American Lung Association of
TB ETN Cultural Competency Subcommittee


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