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TB Notes 4, 2004
No. 4, 2004
TB Education and Training Network Updates
TB ETN Horizon Award Acceptance Remarks
I am pleased to accept the Horizon Award on behalf of the Tuberculosis
Education and Training Network, or TB ETN. TB ETN was established
by the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination in 2001 as a result
of recommendations outlined in the Strategic Plan for Tuberculosis
Training and Education. One of the plan’s key recommendations
was the establishment of an education and training network that
would help build a cadre of TB educators and trainers with improved
skills and abilities, knowledge of available resources, and ability
to serve as a resource for high-priority needs, such as outbreaks
and implementation of new guidelines.
Because primary job responsibilities vary widely among the professionals
conducting TB education and training (for example, nurses, outreach
workers, physicians, health educators), TB ETN strives
to build capacity by ensuring that members become familiar with
and utilize the systematic health education process when developing
education and training products and courses.
The goals of TB ETN include furthering TB education and training
- Building, strengthening, and maintaining collaboration
- Providing a mechanism for sharing resources to avoid duplication
- Developing, improving, and maintaining access to resources
- Providing updated information about TB courses and training
- Assisting members in skill building
TB ETN membership is open to all persons who have an interest in
TB education and training issues, and there are no membership fees.
There are over 400 members representing U.S. and international agencies,
such as TB programs, correctional facilities, hospitals, nursing
homes, federal agencies, universities, the American Lung Association,
the National TB Model Centers, and other organizations interested
in TB education and training issues.
TB ETN is guided by a steering committee chosen by its members
and in 2002, the network created three subcommittees to assist with
carrying out and guiding TB ETN activities: Communications and Membership,
Cultural Competency, and Conference Planning. Staff of the steering
committee as well as of the subcommittees meet monthly via conference
call and are guided by CDC staff.
The most important activity of TB ETN is the annual conferences
that focus on the systematic health education process. Conferences
emphasize skill-based sessions and networking activities.
We’ve also been very pleased to have some PHEP-Net members attend
In the 4 years since the network’s inception, TB ETN has grown
significantly and has become progressively more active. Collaborative
efforts between TB programs and other organizations conducting TB
education and training have increased the visibility, momentum,
and impact of TB education and training efforts. TB ETN has raised
awareness about the importance of education and training as an essential
part of a TB program and as a result, has influenced the creation
of new funding for education and training. This is demonstrated
by the 2005 TB control program cooperative agreements in which DTBE
included provisions of funds for human resource development (i.e.,
education and training). As part of this core component, each TB
program must have at least one designated TB ETN member.
I would like to acknowledge the many people who help make the Network
successful, including both past and current steering committee members,
subcommittee co-chairs and members, and staff at CDC, including
Wanda Walton, Betsy Carter, Gaby Benenson, and Teresa Goss.
And there is no better way to sum up the impact of TB ETN than
to read a quote from Suzy Peters, a steering committee member, who
was asked to write a letter of support for the award application.
“If they only knew how much TB ETN means to those of us who
are in TB education and training, there would be no contest. I have
seen tremendous growth and excitement among TB educators over the
last four years. The annual meetings are a great avenue for networking
and I have made many new professional contacts all over the US and
Canada. Now that TB ETN has more than 400 members, hosted four annual
meetings, and holds three monthly sub-committee and steering committee
calls, there is no limit to what this organization can accomplish.
I have been in public health and university education since
1967. I hold three degrees in health education and have been
a member of many professional organizations. I can honestly say
that I have never seen the level of positive impact of any of those
groups that TB ETN has had in four years. I am very proud to be
associated with TB ETN, and I know any new TB educators coming into
the field will benefit greatly from this organization.”
And, again, on behalf of TB ETN, thank you PHEP-Net for recognizing
the outstanding contribution of the Tuberculosis Education and Training
Network to the field of health education.
—Presented by Maria Fraire, MPH, CHES
Div of TB Elimination