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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 by

  • 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 initiatives
  • Assisting members in skill building

Membership

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 the conferences.

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

 


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