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TB Notes Newsletter

No. 3, 2006


Cultural Competency Subcommittee

Over the past few months the Cultural Competency Subcommittee has been working on several projects related to their goal of promoting cultural competency among members of the TB Education and Training Network (TB ETN). Most recently, the subcommittee members have begun to focus much of their efforts on the development of an implementation strategy for marketing the Cultural Competency Resource List. The idea of making the marketing of this resource list a priority came about as a result of the needs assessment that was conducted by the subcommittee at last year’s TB ETN conference (over 50% of the membership were not aware that it existed). At present, a work group from the Cultural Competency subcommittee will begin the process of developing a marketing strategy.

Other projects of this subcommittee include the review of drafts of the CDC Ethnographic Studies guides. These documents, developed by DTBE staff, are designed to serve as a resource for health care providers, program planners, and any others serving persons from these countries to facilitate their provision of culturally competent TB education and care. Thus far, the Cultural Competency Subcommittee has reviewed the Mexican and Vietnamese ethnographic guides, and the Somali draft is currently under review.

In other news, the University of Alabama and the Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center will collaborate on the development of a TB-specific cultural competency guide. The guide, tailored for use with persons from the most commonly reported birth countries of U.S. foreign-born TB patients, is intended to improve the cultural competency skills of TB program staff and providers working with foreign-born persons. Long-term plans also include the implementation of a complementary training curriculum that will enable TB program staff and providers to understand and integrate concepts from the guide into contact investigation and patient education sessions with foreign-born persons. A formal evaluation of the guide and the training is planned.

Additionally, the Cultural Competency Subcommittee will elect a new co-chair, because current co-chair Margaret Rohter’s term ends on August 30.  Bill Bower will remain acting co-chair for another year.

—Submitted by Kristina Watkins, MPH
Training Specialist
Southeastern National TB Center
University of Florida


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