TB Notes Newsletter
No. 3, 2008
and Health Systems
A Ferguson Fellow’s Experience
My desire to work at CDC was solidified during my participation
in the Ferguson Fellowship program (an 8-week professional
development experience providing opportunities for minority students
to participate in a broad array of public health activities). This
summer I had the pleasure to work in the Clinical and Health Systems
Research Branch (CHSRB) in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination.
I have developed a newfound interest in TB, especially as it relates
to HIV coinfection.
How did I learn about the Ferguson fellowship? As I was leaving
my advisor’s office at New York University, I saw a poster
advertising the fellowship. I was propelled to apply because of the
opportunity to work at CDC.
I spent 10 weeks drafting several chapters of an ethnographic
guide entitled, “Promoting Cultural Sensitivity: A Practical Guide
for Tuberculosis Programs Providing Services to Karen Persons from
Burma” that is expected to be published next year. The objective of
this project was to develop a practical guide for TB programs to
increase providers’ understanding of the Karen people from Burma,
and enhance the cultural appropriateness of their TB care and
treatment. The guide will provide TB programs with information to
use when designing surveys, planning interventions, and evaluating
The most memorable part of my experiences as a Ferguson
fellowship was my interactions with CDC employees, through whom I
learned about different career opportunities available at CDC.
Ultimately, I discovered that my career path would probably lead me
to the Public Health Advisor track.
My involvement in the Ferguson fellowship brings me one step
closer toward my goal of working with others to stop the spread of
infectious diseases in the United States.
—Submitted by Raynal Jabouin, Jr.
Ferguson Fellow, Div of TB Elimination