TB Notes Newsletter
No. 3, 2005
TB Education and Training Network Updates
Paul Britton, RN, is the State TB controller, TB Control Program
Manager, and Nurse Consultant for the Indiana State Department of
Health. He has a BS degree in nursing and an MS degree in political
Paul is responsible for oversight of case management, technical
assistance to local health departments, and oversight of all TB
surveillance activities. He oversees educational program development
for regional conferences that are sponsored by the TB control program.
Paul worked previously in HIV/AIDS surveillance and in health regulatory
affairs with the Indiana State Department of Health before taking
over the TB control program in November 1999.
Paul first learned of TB ETN from DTBE and has been a member since
its inception; you might say that he is an “original.” He joined
TB ETN to remain on the forefront concerning new TB educational
tools, resources, and developments. He is also a member of the Membership
and Communications subcommittee. He joined this subcommittee to
help spread the word about TB ETN and what it can do for his colleagues.
In the next couple of years, Paul hopes that TB ETN will increase
its membership. He also hopes that TB ETN will increase the amount
of educational reference materials that are available through the
TB ETN website, a reflection of Paul’s enthusiasm for computers.
In his spare time Paul also enjoys reading and playing the guitar.
Recently, Paul was responsible for developing folding pocket reference
cards for LTBI and TB disease and a TB Control and Prevention Manual
for his state program. He also works with the American Lung Association
of Indiana to put on a TB Symposium for health providers and local
health department staff every other year. “We will soon be planning
one for October of this year,” Paul informed us.
If you’d like to join Paul 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 at (404) 639-8960 or by mail at
1600 Clifton Rd., NE, MS E10
Atlanta, Georgia 30333
If you would like additional information about the TB Education
and Training Network, visit the website at www.cdc.gov.nchstp/tb/TBETN/default.htm.
—Reported by Regina Bess
Div of TB Elimination
Cultural Competency Update
The TB ETN Cultural Competency Subcommittee has been busy developing
and conducting a new needs assessment. After some consideration,
it was decided that a small, informal needs assessment would be
conducted through telephone calls to the Cultural Competency subcommittee
membership. This needs assessment will help determine
- The extent to which TB ETN members are aware of the cultural
competency subcommittee and its activities
- The level to which cultural competency subcommittee activities
and projects have met the needs of TB ETN members
- Specific needs or ideas for new Cultural Competency subcommittee
activities and projects
Additionally, the subcommittee would like to increase the level
of participation in monthly conference calls. To that end, members
were asked about barriers to participation and were asked for ideas
to encourage each of them to be a more active participant. The needs
assessment was completed in May 2005 and the findings were reported
at the TB ETN annual conference in August 2005.
Other Cultural Competency subcommittee activities have included
- Planning for the 2005 TB ETN conference, which continues to
have a cultural competency component.
- Reviewing ethnographic profiles developed by a CDC research
team. Feedback is currently being incorporated into the draft
- Continuing to review cultural competency tools and add these
tools to the cultural competency resource list, which will be
distributed at the TB ETN conference.
- Continuing to assist in identifying TB cases that involve cultural
challenges for the New Jersey Medical School National Tuberculosis
Center’s (NJMS NTBC) Cultural Competency Newsletter. The subcommittee
is interested in highlighting the wonderful work being accomplished
in TB control, so if you or someone in your program has a case
(past or present) involving cultural challenges, we would be interested
in hearing about it. Please contact Lauren Moschetta at (973)
972-1261 or email@example.com for more information.
Cultural Competency Tip:
Identify the positive values behind behaviors we perceive as "different."
This "reframing" of cultural differences will help when
negotiating workable solutions between individuals or systems where
cultural issues present a challenge.
From CRASH Course in Cultural Competency Skills, National Center
for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine with support from
—Submitted by Lauren Moschetta, MA
Training & Consultation Specialist
New Jersey Medical School
Northeastern National Tuberculosis Center