TB Notes Newsletter
No. 3, 2008
Partners Recognized for NTIP Development
At the National Tuberculosis Controllers Workshop on June 10,
2008, Steve Hughes from New York, Deb Sodt and Wendy Sutherland from
Minnesota, and Barbara Stone from Colorado were recognized by DTBE
for their generous contributions, support, and leadership in the
development of the National Tuberculosis Indicators Project (NTIP),
a performance monitoring and reporting system.
Steve Hughes receiving award from Dr. Castro at the NTCA meeting
In 2010, TB programs will be expected to report on their progress
toward achieving the 15 national TB program objectives. DTBE
anticipates that NTIP will help TB programs track and report on
their progress using data that they have submitted to CDC through
the National Tuberculosis Surveillance System, the Aggregate Reports
for TB Program Evaluation, and the Electronic Disease Notification
Deb Sodt with the award she received.
To develop NTIP, Steve Hughes, Deb Sodt, Wendy Sutherland,
Barbara Stone, and others conferred every week for 10 months to
review and develop national TB program objectives and indicators.
They shared valuable insights and practical programmatic
perspectives on the validity, reliability, and accuracy of these
measures, as well as how these measures will impact TB programs.
As a result of their efforts, the performance indicators and
calculations have been standardized. This will enable TB programs
and DTBE to compare program performance from one year to another, to
track progress over time, and to assess the impact of TB control
efforts both locally and nationally.
The indicator reports that they helped design will provide
information that is programmatically significant and relevant for
program evaluation, and help reinforce national priorities for TB
—Submitted by Kai Young, MPH
Div of TB Elimination