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TB Notes 4, 2006
Director's Letter
Highlights from State and Local Programs
  Los Angeles Presents "The Opera and Perspectives on TB"
  Arizona's and Sonora's Meet and Greet Program for Deportees with TB
  The Flex Power of Memoranda of Agreements (MOAs)
  HIV Status Not Routinely Determined for TB Cases: an Evaluation of Four California Local TB Programs
CDC/ATSDR Group Award for Minority Health Mentor/Champion of Excellence
Laboratory Update
  New Technologies Unveiled at the 2006 National TB Controllers' Workshop
Nursing Updates
  The Red Snappers of National Tuberculosis Nurses Coalition (NTNC)
  Pacific Island TB Controllers Association (PITCA) -  Workshop for Nurses
TB Education and Training Network Updates
  Member Highlight
  Sixth Annual Conference Highlights
  Cultural Competency Subcommittee Update
Communication, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch Update
  New Communication Efforts to Stop TB in the African-American Community
Clinical and Health Systems Research Branch Update
  Using a Private Claims Database for TB Health Services Research, Evaluation, and Analysis
Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch Updates
  9th Semiannual Meeting of the Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium
  TBESC Task Order #10: Monitoring Performance and Measuring Cost of TB Public Health Practice at County and State Health Departments: Are We Making a Health Impact?
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TB Notes Newsletter

No. 4, 2006

Nursing Updates

The Red Snappers of NTNC

At this year’s annual meeting of the National Tuberculosis Nurses Coalition (NTNC), there was excitement in the air. Several of the members wanted to highlight the importance of TB control and share the camaraderie they enjoy at these annual meetings. They decided to organize their own section of the “Red Hat Society” (a national organization with many state chapters; members are women “of a certain age” who meet and go out together—in red hats—to celebrate life and friendship). The group’s section will be entitled “The Red Snappers of NTNC.” Their Queen Mother will be Lorena Jeske, and her royal court will consist of Ellen Murray, past-president of NTNC; Jane Moore, NTNC current President; Jo-Ann Arnold, President-Elect; and Kathy Kolaski, Secretary. Other members include Judy Gibson and “Pink Snapper” (meaning not yet “of a certain age”) Toni Johns.

For those readers not familiar with the term “Red Snapper,” it is a reference to the red-stained acid-fast bacillus that is seen under the microscope in the sputum of infectious TB patients. For the Red Snappers of NTNC, it becomes a term for TB control nurses finding new ways to discuss TB in a creative way.

Photo of Nurses involved in TB Control wearing their Red Hats

When you see these red-hatted ladies (and yes, they are trying to get men involved as well) out and about, they will be talking about TB and some of the challenges that nurses and other health care workers face every day. Tuberculosis is an age-old problem that often has a new face. As the disease declines, we are faced with more and more challenges to keep our awareness on the forefront. Here’s one more way!

The Red Snappers of NTNC will soon be official members of the Red Hat Society. Call them, join them…and enjoy the fun!

—Submitted by Lorena Jeske
National Tuberculosis Nurses Coalition

PITCA Workshop for TB Nurses

Staff of CDC, the Australian Respiratory Council (ARC), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) worked together to develop a training workshop for six northern Pacific island countries. The workshop was held in Hawaii during the week commencing November 27, 2006, as part of the annual Pacific Island TB Controllers Association (PITCA) meeting. It focused on providing training for nurses working in TB control in the Pacific Islands. The workshop also aimed to raise awareness among all health care workers involved in TB control about the importance of quality data collection and utilization. Dr. Phil Lobue, Phil Talboy, and Andy Heetdeerks from DTBE and Subroto Banerji with the Global AIDS Program facilitated the workshop.

—Submitted by Vivian Siler
Div of TB Elimination


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