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TB Notes 3, 2000

Updates from the Communications and Education Branch

The Self-Study Modules on TB Program Receives Award

On November 2, 2000, Nick DeLuca accepted an award presented to the DTBE Communications and Education Branch (CEB) by the Public Health Education and Promotion Network (PHEP-Net) during the CDC/ATSDR Health Education Day celebration. The "Self Study Modules on Tuberculosis" program was selected to receive PHEP-Netís "Distinguished Health Education Program Award" for demonstrated leadership in health education. The award is given to a program developed by CDC or in collaboration with CDC partners (e.g., contractors, grantees, professional associations, schools of public health, others) that has demonstrated impact as reflected in changes in health indicators, health policy, health systems, or health status; has facilitated the development of national partnerships to achieve its objectives; is national in scope; and was launched 5 or more years ago. During acceptance of the award, Nick gave the audience a brief presentation describing the program. The program was also exhibited at a booth at the Health Day celebration along with several other nominated programs.

Description of the program: In response to a 20% increase in TB incidence between 1985 and 1992, many TB programs received funding to strengthen TB prevention and control efforts. New public health workers were hired, but were lacking in essential TB knowledge and skills. Training materials were limited and outdated, many programs had too many competing priorities and budgetary constraints to conduct effective training, and the provision of staff release time to attend training was often problematic. In response to the training need, in 1995 CDC developed a set of Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis, enhanced by a satellite broadcast, Satellite Primer on Tuberculosis, for a nationwide audience.

In order to reach a national audience with consistent, high-quality information, principles of health education, instructional design, and distance-learning technology were used to develop the Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis. Distance learning represents an important avenue for addressing both training-program quality and access issues, because travel, leave time, and cost can generally be minimized through this approach. Given the success of the original print modules and satellite broadcast (1995), an additional series, Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis, Modules 6-9, was produced in 1999, and enhanced by a second satellite broadcast, TB Frontline: Satellite Primer Continued, Modules 6-9. In order to take advantage of new distance learning methodologies and to reach additional audiences, an interactive Web-based course was developed in 1999. The Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis consists of educational material in print, satellite, videotape, and Web-based formats. This variety of materials meets the different educational and training needs of our diverse target audience (nurses, outreach workers, physicians, etc).

The development of the print, satellite, video, and Web formats of the Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis products adheres to high standards of health education and instructional design principles and practices, as well as evaluation methodologies. The development of each product included an extensive needs assessment, design and development phase, formative evaluation phase, and process and impact evaluation. Impact evaluation activities indicate that knowledge gain as determined by pretest/posttest score comparisons was fairly consistent across mediums (print 17%, satellite and print 14%, and Web 16%).

Different components of the Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis were developed in collaboration with both internal and external CDC partners. Internally, the Division of TB Elimination (DTBE) and the Division of Media and Training Services (DMTS) forged a partnership and took the lead on the content and product development for the print-based modules. In addition, the Public Health Training Network has been instrumental in offering the modules as an ongoing continuing education product.

For the production of the satellite broadcasts, DTBE and DTMS partnered with outside organizations. DTBE and DTMS were the conceptual and content leads and worked collaboratively with outside partners on production of the satellite courses. The Satellite Primer on Tuberculosis course was a collaborative effort of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Public Health, with CDC funding provided through an Association of Schools of Public Health/CDC/ ATSDR Cooperative Agreement grant. For TB Frontline: Satellite Primer Continued, Modules 6-9, DTBE and DMTS partnered with the Francis J. Curry National Tuberculosis Center and Zamacona Productions from San Francisco, CA.

óReported by Nickolas DeLuca, MA
Division of TB Elimination


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