TB Notes Newsletter
No. 3, 2006
TB EDUCATION AND TRAINING NETWORK
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
Southeastern National TB Center
University of Florida