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TB Notes 3, 2006
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TB Notes Newsletter

No. 3, 2006


 Member Highlight

Regina Bess is a Health Education Specialist with the Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch (CEBSB) of DTBE. She received her bachelor of science degree from Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. Her current duties consist of serving as project lead for the development of the DTBE Image Library; securing continuing education credits for some of the division’s conferences and publications; and assisting with the development of other educational materials.

Regina first learned of TB ETN while working in DTBE. She later had an opportunity to participate in one of the TB ETN conferences and was quite impressed with the content of the conference and the excitement and enthusiasm of the participants and staff. She especially liked the topics that were discussed at the conference as well as the opportunities for meeting and networking with other health educators. At that time she was not a Health Education Specialist; however, after completing the Health Communications Certificate training program at CDC, she was able to transition into her current health education position in CEBSB. Regina says that becoming a member of TB ETN has given her the opportunity to learn more about the health education process and how to best plan for and implement her health education projects. She is also a member of the Conference Planning Subcommittee. She hopes that TB ETN will continue to be an organization that can assist her fellow health educators gain the skills and knowledge they need to develop effective health education materials.

Regina has most recently served as the project lead for the development of the DTBE Image Library. The creation of the Image Library was the result of the combined efforts of CEBSB and CDC’s Public Health Image Library (PHIL). It is composed of two parts: an Intranet-based system that is available only to DTBE staff, and an Internet-based system, available through PHIL, that houses most of the images available on the DTBE Image Library. The PHIL site is accessible to non-DTBE staff and persons outside of CDC. The Image Library promotes the collection and availability of images specific to TB-related subject matter and a wider variety of TB-related images to both the DTBE staff and non-DTBE users. The Image Library allows for the searching, retrieving, and storing of images at any given time. Users of the DTBE Image Library can also submit images online.

In her leisure time, Regina enjoys shopping, cooking, and listening to music. She is also a gifted and accomplished vocalist and a very talented graphics artist.

If you’d like to join Regina 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 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 30333. Or, if you would like additional information about the TB Education and Training Network, visit the website at

Reported by Regina Bess and Ann Lanner
Div of TB Elimination


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