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TB Notes 4, 2004

No. 4, 2004

TB Education and Training Network Updates

TB ETN Fourth Annual Conference

The fourth annual TB Education and Training Network (TB ETN) conference was held in Atlanta last year. This two and a half day event took place August 11-13, 2004, and attracted approximately 130 participants from diverse professional affiliations who work in TB education and training. The conference theme, “TB Education and Training Survivor: Improving Skills, Building Alliances, Meeting Challenges,” was adapted from the popular TV series “Survivor.”

The presentations covered a wide array of topics, with the central focus on the systematic health education process. Participants attended both plenary lectures as well as breakout sessions designed to enhance skill-building. Presentations by TB program staff from Florida, Colorado, and Massachusetts provided participants with examples of how different health programs are answering the call to educate TB providers and patients. Representatives from the National TB Model Centers delivered updates about their programs, and CDC staff gave an overview of the 2005 Cooperative Agreement Funds for States and Designated Big Cites and the 2004-2008 National Strategic Plan for TB Education and Training. 

One aspect of the conference focused on “Learning the Island Lingo—Cultural Competency in TB Education and Training” and addressed several pertinent areas, including conducting cultural competency assessments, working with interpreters and translators, understanding cross-cultural communication, and developing cultural competency training. These sessions were especially helpful for providers who are increasingly serving a more diverse population.  Also underscored was “Communicating with the Mainland—How Technology is Changing TB Education and Training.” This session highlighted a spectrum of new modes of communication such as online training and educational software, satellite and video broadcast, electronic mailing lists, and online databases.  

To cap off each day of the conference, a series of “tribal challenges” were played among conference participants. Participants were divided into teams or “tribes” and participated in interactive and competitive training games. These were created to reinforce the concepts learned throughout the day, and were designed in the spirit of “Survivor.” One tribe was declared the overall tribal challenge winner at the end of the conference. The winning tribe, who called themselves “Front and Center,” consisted of Bill Bower, Teri Lee Dyke, Genevieve Greeley, Hernando Salgado, MaryAnette Grayer, Joanne Sheppard, and Judith Thigpen.  Each received a book on education and training activities. 

Image of tribe working on finding answers for the Open-Book Bingo Tribal Challenge

Tribe “Front and Center” working on finding answers for the “Open-Book Bingo” Tribal Challenge.

Participants came away from the conference invigorated and equipped with new knowledge to practice and share in their work. They had the chance to form partnerships with others attending the conference by networking at such events as a social, hosted this year by a translation company, Translation Plus. Also, a wealth of resources in a variety of media were provided by exhibitors who showcased their education and training products.

Image of participants viewing and sharing resources at the Educational Materials Exhibit

Participants view and share resources at the
Educational Materials Exhibit.

This year will be the 5-year anniversary of TB ETN and its annual conference.  We would like to invite you to join us in celebrating this important milestone.  Please complete and return the attached registration form to join or renew your membership (instructions are on the form). New and renewing members will receive a TB ETN membership lapel pin. Additional information about TB ETN can be found on the TB ETN website at

—Submitted by Elizabeth Kalayil, MPH
Div of TB Elimination

TB ETN Fifth Annual Conference:
Stepping Up Education and Training to Eliminate TB

Call for Abstracts

The Fifth Annual TB Education and Training Network (TB ETN) Conference will be held in Atlanta, GA, August 17-19, 2005. This year’s conference will feature a poster session to give members of TB ETN an opportunity to share and discuss their work.

Please consider developing an abstract for poster presentation on a significant or innovative aspect of TB education and training in your work. Techniques that are associated with the systematic health education process (needs assessment, development, implementation, and evaluation) would be especially appropriate for poster presentation during this session.

If you have completed or will soon complete an education and training project that you would like to include in the session, please visit for submission details. The deadline for submission is April 1, 2005.

For further information, please contact Betsy Carter at or by telephone at (404) 639-8386.


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