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TB Notes 4, 2003

TB ETN Updates

TB ETN is pleased to announce the steering committee members and subcommittee co-chairs for 2003-2004:

Steering Committee

  • Nfornuh Alenwi, Solidarity Health Foundation, Cameroon, Africa
  • Gabrielle Benenson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia
  • Rajita Bhavaraju, New Jersey Medical School National Tuberculosis Center
  • Betsy Carter, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia
  • Maria Fraire, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia
  • Joanne Maniscalco, Nassau County Department of Health, New York
  • Suzy Peters, Florida Bureau of Tuberculosis and Refugee Health
  • Edith Sampson, Cochise County Health Department, Arizona

Communications/Membership Subcommittee

  • Teri Lee Dyke, American Lung Association of Michigan
  • Vipra Ghimire,* Virginia Department of Health

Conference Planning Subcommittee

  • Kathy Hursen, Massachusetts Division of Tuberculosis Prevention
  • Karen Wigren, A.G. Holley State Hospital, Florida

Cultural Competency Subcommittee

  • Genevieve Greeley,* New Mexico Department of Health
  • Savitri Tsering, Wisconsin Tuberculosis Program

*Returning from 2002-2003

Member Highlight

Kathy Hursen, RN, MS, is the Director of Communication and Education at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division of TB Prevention and Control. In addition to being a Registered Nurse, Kathy has a BS in Nursing and a masters degree in Nursing Management and Administration. Kathy heard about the TB Education and Training Network (TB ETN) from Maria Fraire at CDC about 3 years ago and is one of the original members.

Kathy’s job responsibilities include

  • Providing TB training and educational programs for the TB Division, health care providers, the general public, and other interested parties in Massachusetts
  • Developing educational and training programs and courses to inform division staff and health care providers in Massachusetts about recent trends, policy changes, and recommendations in TB prevention and control
  • Ensuring all educational resources are current as well as culturally and linguistically appropriate
  • Developing and coordinating educational materials that are published in the Bureau newsletter and in other professional newsletters, information packets that are distributed to members of the news media, and information letters that are sent out such as in a large contact investigation
  • Coordinating conferences sponsored by the Division of TB Prevention and Control.
  • Providing consultation to division staff and other health care providers who prepare educational and training programs on TB prevention and control.

Kathy is an active member of the TB ETN steering committee and the conference planning subcommittee. “It has been a pleasure working with my colleagues who belong to the TB ETN. The committee work has provided an opportunity to learn about the latest strategies for developing education programs and materials for health care professionals, and high-risk communities.”

Kathy stated a number of reasons for joining TB ETN, including the opportunities to obtain valuable information and resources for TB educators, collaborate with colleagues, share resources, obtain updated information about courses and training, and learn new skills.

When asked what she hopes TB ETN can accomplish in the next 2 years, she said that she would like to see the TB ETN conferences continue to be held yearly to “increase TB educator’s skills and improve collaboration among TB educators.”

Kathy has been quite busy over the past year. She has been actively involved in many projects, including (1) the creation of the Northeast TB Training Consortium (with assistance from the New Jersey Medical School National TB Center), (2) the 3-day “TB Today!” course, (3) the Northeast TB Controllers Conference, (4) the 1-day TB clinic physicians conference, (5) four state-wide regional TB conferences, and (6) a TB and pregnancy course. In addition, she has developed many products, including a new TB treatment guidelines fact sheet, a round caliper for measuring TB skin test results, and several patient and community information brochures, which were created in collaboration with her colleague, Marilyn DelValle (coordinator of patient and community education). In addition, Kathy conducted an education needs assessment for the northeast region of the United States and gave a presentation on developing readable education materials for patients and communities. And, as if that’s not enough to keep Kathy busy, she is also a guest lecturer at the following institutions:

  • Boston University School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health, Doctoral Seminar
  • Atlantic Union College Nursing Program, Stoneham, MA
  • Quincy College, Quincy, MA
  • Framingham State College School of Nursing, Framingham, MA
  • Harvard School of Public Health

Kathy is a member of numerous professional societies such as the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, the National Tuberculosis Nurse Consultant Coalition, Sigma Theta Tau, the American Nurses Association, and the Massachusetts Nurses Association.

Outside of work, Kathy enjoys photography, alpine skiing, rollerblading, yoga, tai chi, gardening, boating, traveling, and hiking.

If you’d like to join Kathy 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 at (404) 639-8960 or by mail at
CEBSB, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
1600 Clifton Rd., NE, MS E10
Atlanta, GA 30333

—Submitted by Maria Fraire, MPH, CHES
Div of TB Elimination

TB ETN Third Annual Conference

Approximately 100 TB Education and Training Network (TB ETN) members gathered in Atlanta for the third annual TB ETN conference in August 2003. The theme of this year’s conference was “Oh, the Places TB Education Can Go…” Participants represented TB programs, federal agencies, hospitals, universities, the American Lung Association, National TB Model Centers, and international organizations interested in TB education and training issues.

Conference sessions focused on the systematic process of developing education and training materials and programs. A new feature of this year’s conference allowed participants to attend skill-building breakout sessions of their choice in the areas of needs assessments and material and course development. Participants also enjoyed hearing from state and local programs during an educational materials discussion session in which TB ETN members from Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Central Asia gave presentations on educational materials developed in their programs and lessons learned during the process. In addition, participants from Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York State, San Diego, and Virginia shared materials developed in their programs at an educational materials display.

Highlights of the conference included the session “Making Materials Appropriate to Your Audience,” presented by Janet Ohene-Frempong, a specialist in the area of health literacy and cross-cultural communications. Ms. Ohene-Frempong used her vast experience to demonstrate how to produce materials for adults with limited literacy skills and how to make materials culturally appropriate. Participants praised the session; several participants stated that Ms. Ohene-Frempong’s excitement about the topic was infectious. Another highlight was a comical skit in the session “Planning and Strategy Development.” Gabrielle Benenson from CDC, Vipra Ghimire from the Virginia Department of Health, and several staff from CDC enacted an “Oprah and Dr. Phil” talk show wherein guests shared training and education “problems” that they had encountered. Oprah (Ms. Benenson), Dr. Phil (Ms. Ghimire), and the audience helped the guests identify problems that had occurred and solutions to address the problems.

Conference participants enjoyed the opportunity to network at an evening social sponsored by the publisher Channing Bete. Numerous exhibitors, including Channing Bete, CDC, the National TB Model Centers, the National Prevention Information Network (NPIN), and the AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC), were available throughout the conference to provide information about the education and training resources that each organization offers.

Evaluations from the conference reveal that participants thought the conference was excellent and met their needs as TB educators/trainers. Many participants noted that they liked the dynamic speakers, the opportunity to network, and the skill-building breakouts. The TB ETN Conference Planning Committee has already begun reviewing the evaluations for ideas for next year’s conference. It is sure to be as exciting as this year, so don’t miss out!

For more information about the TB Education and Training Network, visit If you would like to join TB ETN, please send an e-mail requesting a registration form to, or send a request by mail to CDC/DTBE/CEBSB, 1600 Clifton Rd, NE, MS-E10, Atlanta, GA, 30333.

—Reported by Betsy Carter, MPH, CHES
Div of TB Elimination


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