TB Notes Newsletter
No. 2, 2006
TB EDUCATION AND TRAINING NETWORK UPDATES
TB ETN Member Highlight
Beth Kingdon, BS, is the TB Education Coordinator for the Minnesota
Department of Health’s TB Prevention and Control Program. She received
a bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota in 1990, and she is
currently a student in the MPH program at the University of Minnesota’s School
of Health, anticipating completion in August 2006. Her job responsibilities
include overseeing and implementing Minnesota’s TB-related education and training activities.
She is also Minnesota’s focal point for training and education.
Beth first heard about TB ETN from the state’s TB Program Manager,
Deb Sodt. Beth decided to join because she thought it would be a
great opportunity to learn about TB-related education and training
resources and meet people who have similar job responsibilities.
Beth is also a member of the Cultural Competency Subcommittee. “I
wanted to learn from others in the TB world about cultural competency
issues,” she said. Beth hopes that she can increase her involvement
in TB ETN in the next 2 years by encouraging those who are not members
to join and encouraging those who are members to become more actively
involved in TB ETN.
Beth and other members of her team recently completed a statewide
TB training needs assessment in 2005. “Although it was a time-consuming
project, our TB program learned a lot about the strengths and areas
of need among our local public health nurses and other health care
providers,” Beth explained. The Minnesota TB program is also very
proud of its website (www.health.state.mn.us/tb).
Each member of the TB Program was involved with the site development
in one way or another, making it a group effort.
In her leisure time, Beth enjoys reading, traveling, home remodeling,
and spending time with family and friends.
If you’d like to join Beth 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 to (404) 639-8960 or by mail to TB ETN, CEBSB, Division of TB
Elimination, CDC, 1600 Clifton Rd., N.E., MS E10, Atlanta, Georgia
If you would like additional information about the TB ETN, visit
the website at http://www.cdc.gov.nchstp/tb/TBETN/default.htm.
—Submitted by Regina Bess
Div of TB Elimination
|SAVE THE DATE!
The sixth annual TB ETN Conference, "TB Training and Education
Magic: Tricks of the Trade," will be held August 15-17,
2006 in Atlanta, Georgia. See you there!
Cultural Competency Subcommittee
In the past months, members of the Cultural Competency Subcommittee
have reviewed the results of the needs assessment survey conducted
during the 2005 annual TB ETN meeting in Atlanta. A summary report compiled by Beth Kingdon
and Gabrielle Benenson indicate numerous requests among the general
TB ETN membership for sharing of information and resources. According
to survey respondents, the greatest needs are patient education
materials that explain basic TB concepts at a low reading level,
tools related to cultural competency training, and TB-specific examples
of cross-cultural communication of health issues.
The recently released patient education material series produced
by DTBE and the Northeastern National Tuberculosis
Center helps to address the need for materials
for low-literacy groups. The series consists of five booklets and
one fact sheet that provide information on the following topics:
TB skin test, and TB
and HIV. To download a copy of these materials, visit: www.cdc.gov/nchstp/tb/pubs/pamphlets.htm.
Currently, subcommittee members are reviewing ethnographic guides
for TB programs serving Mexican and Vietnamese communities, developed
by the Health Systems Research Team at DTBE. These guides are intended
for health care providers, community-based workers, program planners,
and health educators, and aim to increased knowledge and understanding
about TB program clients born in Mexico
The materials address the U.S.
immigration history of each group; socio-cultural issues; health
status, including TB epidemiology; and common perceptions, attitudes,
and beliefs about TB derived from the DTBE ethnographic study and
other TB-related behavioral research. The subcommittee will also
provide feedback on forthcoming guides focusing on Hmong, Somali,
and Chinese persons. Other TB control staff interested in reviewing
one of more of the guides can contact Heather Joseph at email@example.com.
The Lung Health
Center at the University
of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Public Health Division of TB Control,
in conjunction with the Southeastern National
are working to create a quick-reference cultural competency guidebook,
containing country-specific summaries for those birth countries
most commonly reported by foreign-born patients treated in the southeastern
Each summary contains data on TB epidemiology (estimated burden
of TB, HIV, TB-HIV coinfection, multidrug-resistant TB, and BCG
vaccine use); common misperceptions, attitudes, beliefs, and stigmatizing
practices related to TB; and general cultural courtesies to observe.
In the future, summaries for all high-burden countries will be incorporated
into the guidebook. The team also plans to develop and evaluate
a complementary training curriculum related to the guidebook. Members
of the Cultural Competency Subcommittee have directed members of
this group to resources as they work to create the country-specific
templates. Suggestions related to these activities are welcome.
Please contact Dr. Joan Mangan at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Kristina Watkins at email@example.com.
The information contained in these forthcoming materials may be
incorporated into cultural competency training and provide information
related to cross-cultural communication. If you or your colleagues
have other materials to share or are aware of other resources related
to cultural competency training and TB-specific cross cultural communication,
please contact the Subcommittee Chairs: Margaret Rohter at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Bill Bower at email@example.com.
Cultural Competency Quote
A Primer for Cultural Proficiency: Towards Quality Health
Services for Hispanics
by the National Alliance
for Hispanic Health
Progress along the cultural competency continuum requires continually
assessing the ability to address diversity, celebrating successes,
learning from mistakes, and identifying opportunities for rediscovery.
Actions taken at one time might not be sufficient to address diversity
issues at another point in time.
—Submitted by Joan Mangan, PhD, MST
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Lung Health Center / Division of Pulmonary,
Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
2006–2007 Steering Committee
TB ETN is proud to announce the 2006–2007 steering committee members:
Jo-Ann Arnold, RN, MS
Florida Department of Health
Bureau of TB and Refugee Health
Kim Field, RN, MSN
TB Control Manager
Washington State Department of Health
Beth Kingdon, BS
TB Education Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Health
TB Prevention and Control Program
St. Paul, MN
B. Sue Lane, RN, CCHP
Director of Correctional Healthcare Services
Cobb Douglas Public Health
Anil Kalia, MBBS, MBA
Child Survival India
Communications and Membership
Vancouver Island Health Authority
Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
Margaret Rohter, MPH
County TB District
Charles P. Felton National TB Center
Ashley Ewing, BS
North Carolina TB Control
Sheanne Davis, BS, CHES
Washington State Department of Health
Regional Training and Medical Consultation Centers Representative:
Rajita Bhavaraju, MPH, CHES
Northeastern National Tuberculosis Center
Maria Fraire, MPH, CHES
Amera Khan, MPH
Scott McCoy, MEd
—Reported by Maria Fraire, MPH, CHES
Div of TB Elimination