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TB Notes 4, 2004
No. 4, 2004
TB Education and Training Network Updates
TB ETN Member Highlight
Julie McCallum, RN, MPH, is a Regional TB Nurse Consultant for
the American Lung Association of Michigan. She received her BSN
from Indiana Wesleyan University and her MPH from the University
Julie, an active member of TB ETN, heard about the organization
shortly after she was hired by the American Lung Association of
Michigan 2˝ years ago. She saw information about an upcoming TB
ETN conference and thought it would be very helpful. “I attended
my first conference 2 years ago; it was a great opportunity for
me to network with other nurses who were also involved in TB education.
The networking opportunities with other TB educators appealed to
me the most, as well as having access to resources from around the
country and world,” Julie said. In addition to being a member of
TB ETN, Julie also serves on the TB ETN cultural competency subcommittee.
“I have an interest in cultural competency matters, and this subcommittee
has given me an opportunity to work on projects related to the topic.”
Julie would like to see continued increases in membership and in
networking opportunities in TB ETN’s future.
Julie’s job responsibilities include providing education and training
for health care professionals on TB matters, and technical support
and assistance for local TB control programs. Julie worked with
Teri Lee Dyke (who also served as a Regional TB Nurse in Michigan)
to develop a TB case management course targeted for local health
department TB control staff, primarily nurse case managers. They
gathered material from a number of sources and tailored it to their
state’s audience. This course has been presented eight times across
Michigan, with attendance by 95 participants who are actively involved
in a local TB control program.
Julie and Teri also developed a TB Skin Testing Workshop, with
the help of the Ingham County Health Department. In 2002 and 2003,
Julie and Teri provided this workshop at 70 sites across the state
and trained 771 persons to administer and read the TB skin test.
The sites have included local health departments, acute and long
term care settings, state and county correctional facilities, mental
health facilities, medical offices, and infection control networking
Julie’s state TB control staff also developed a TB contact investigation
course, also targeted to local public health department staff. Since
2002, this course has been presented in 15 different locations statewide,
with 181 persons attending.
All three of these core TB trainings were approved by the Michigan
Nurses Association, which is accredited as an approver of continuing
education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
Commission on Accreditation.
On the personal side, Julie keeps busy at home with her young
family. Her interests include gardening and camping, and she adds,
“I am a big University of Michigan football fan (Go Blue!) and enjoy
following their season.” Julie is married to Chad and had their
first child last September. “Each day is a new adventure with our
son Chase,” Julie says.
—Submitted by Regina Bess
Div of TB Elimination