TB Notes Newsletter
No. 3, 2006
COMMUNICATIONS, EDUCATION, AND BEHAVIORAL STUDIES
Stop TB in the African-American Community Summit
Dr. Benny Primm, Executive Director,
Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation-Urban Resource
Institute and other attendees at the 2006 Stop TB in the African-American
More than 100 individuals from a myriad of organizations gathered
to participate in the "Stop TB in the African-American Community"
summit, which took place May 16–17, 2006, at CDC's new Tom
Harkin Global Communications Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The participants
met to discuss the nature of this public health problem, exchange
strategies, and identify ways to help address TB in the African-American
community. The summit was sponsored by DTBE and RTI International.
The purposes of the summit were to
- raise awareness about the problem of TB in the African-American
- create links and build networks that will lead to ongoing activities
and strategies to decrease TB in the African-American community.
In 2005, CDC provisionally reported TB cases in 3,927 non-Hispanic
blacks, 28% of all persons reported with TB nationally. The proportion
of TB in black, non-Hispanic persons is even greater if only U.S.-born
persons reported with TB are examined. In 2005, 45% of TB cases
reported in U.S.-born persons were among non-Hispanic blacks. Also
in 2005, the TB case rate for this population was more than eight
times higher than the rate in white, non-Hispanic persons.
Dr. Louis Sullivan
Dr. Garth Graham
…and senior CDC staff
The summit included keynote addresses from Dr. Louis Sullivan,
President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine and former Secretary
of Health and Human Services (HHS); and Dr. Garth Graham, Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Office of Minority Health,
HHS. CDC leaders also addressed the group, including Ms. Yvonne
Lewis of the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities; Dr.
Kevin Fenton, Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral
Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (proposed); and Dr. Kenneth Castro,
Director of DTBE.
Summit participants learned about state-of-the-art research and
interventions addressing TB in the African-American community, and
learned directly from a panel of patients about their experience
having tuberculosis. The majority of the summit was devoted to participants
working in small groups to strategize actions that their organizations
may be able to implement to help eliminate TB in the African-American
community. Participants included community and religious leaders,
health care providers, public health leaders, policy and decision
makers, state and local health department staff, communications
professionals, academicians, and others.
Breakout session with conference participants
The results of the group work yielded a compilation of specific
goals and action items that summit participants committed to trying
to achieve in the next year. A summary of all of the identified
action items is forthcoming. Summit participants will maintain communication
throughout the next year and measure progress towards implementing
the action items.
Although modern medicine can prevent and cure TB, only the concerted
efforts of the community in partnership with public health and medicine
will ensure that TB is eliminated from the African-American community.
These partnerships, fostered by the summit, are a key component
to mobilizing support for TB elimination as outlined in the 2000
Institute of Medicine's Report, Ending Neglect: The Elimination
of Tuberculosis in the United States.
Submitted by Nickolas DeLuca, PhD, Div of TB Elimination
Rachel Royce, PhD, MPH (RTI International), and
Charles Wallace, PhD, MPH (Texas Department of State Health Services)
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
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