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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 of Michigan.

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 groups.

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


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