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TB Notes 3, 2007
Director's Letter
Highlights from State and Local Programs
  Georgia Statewide TB Training
NTCA Workshop Poster Contest
2007 EIS Conference a Success for DTBE
National Tuberculosis Indicators Project (NTIP): An Update
Evaluation Team Visits TB Isolation Village in Thailand
TB Education and Training Network Updates
  Member Highlight
  Cultural Competency Subcommittee Update
Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch Update
  A Review of DTBE’s First Year Using the CDC INFO Call Center
Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch Updates
  TB/HIV Surveillance in Ethiopia
TB Epidemiologic Studies Consortium Updates
  2007 World TB Day: TBESC Sites Across the U.S. Get Involved
  “The First Global Symposium on Interferon-Gamma Assays” 2007
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TB Notes Newsletter

No. 3, 2007

HIGHLIGHTS FROM STATE AND LOCAL PROGRAMS

Georgia Statewide TB Training

Georgia held its Statewide TB Training in April 2007 at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center outside of Atlanta. Borrowing the theme from World TB Day 2007, “TB Anywhere Is TB Everywhere,” the training concentrated on new guidelines published since 2005. Close to 200 people registered for this 2-day training. Participants represented a variety of health care settings, including public health, hospitals, correctional facilities, nursing homes, community-based organizations, military and mental health facilities, and schools of medicine and nursing. TB professionals including physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, communicable disease specialists, and others came together to share common experiences and learn new ideas.

Beverly DeVoe-Payton, Program Manager of the State TB Program, introduced Dr. Kenneth Castro from DTBE, who motivated the audience as he spoke about controlling TB in the United States, followed by Dr. Susan Ray from Emory University School of Medicine, who led the participants through the new infection control guidelines. The Southeastern National TB Center staff, Ellen Murray, RN, and Denise Dodge, RN, were very informative as they spoke about contact investigations, case management, and TB in correctional facilities. A lively discussion and questions followed the presentation of Dr. Michael Leonard, medical consultant for the State TB Program, who discussed diagnostics, treatment, and HIV. Sonia Alvarez-Robinson, from the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR), Division of Public Health, was described by participants as “energizing and refreshing” as she discussed public health transformation. Dr. Diana Schneider Photo of Mr. TB Germ - makes an appearance at Georgia's 2007 TB training course.from the US Public Health Service (USPHS), Division of Immigration Health Services, gave a very educational presentation on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees, and Carol Pozsik from the National TB Controllers Association (NTCA) inspired the audience with her talk on advocacy. One of the highlights of the training was a surprise appearance by Mr. TB Germ, who delighted the crowd as he danced among them.

—Submitted by Ann Poole, RN,
Nurse Consultant, Georgia TB Program

 


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