Pacific Islands Tuberculosis (TB) Controllers Association (PITCA) Conference

December 5‐8, 2022
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach
Honolulu, Hawaii

Registration Deadline: November 1, 2022

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CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION & OVERALL GOAL
This conference will convene tuberculosis experts from throughout the Pacific Islands and United States mainland to engage in learning and discussion on the management and control of TB and provide training and networking opportunities for TB professionals in the Pacific Islands region. The conference is comprised of plenary sessions and breakout sessions with tracks for clinicians, nurses and outreach workers, laboratory staff, and program managers.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
This conference is designed for staff involved in TB management, prevention, and control from each of the USAPI jurisdictions and Hawaii, as well as representatives from various agencies including the CDC, Australian Respiratory Council, Diagnostic Laboratory Services, and World Health Organization. Representatives from other Pacific Islands are welcome to attend.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this conference, participants should be better able to:

  • Describe current challenges and successful approaches to tuberculosis (TB) prevention and care.
  • Describe strategies for screening and management of latent TB infection (LTBI) and TB disease.
  • Discuss advances in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of TB.
  • Develop strategies for the care of TB patients in special situations to ensure prompt diagnosis and effective management.
  • List approaches for addressing clinical and social challenges in the management of patients with TB to achieve successful outcomes.


CANCELLATION INFORMATION

We reserve the right to modify the activity content, faculty and activities, and to cancel this activity, if necessary. If you are unable to attend, please inform us as soon as possible so that others may be accommodated.

CONFERENCE PLANNING COMMITTEE

Nisha Ahamed, MPH
Training Consultant

Chima Mbakwem, MS
Tuberculosis/Hansen Disease Control/Program Manager
Department of Public Health and Social Services, Guam

Lisa Armitige, MD, PhD
Assistant Medical Director
Heartland National TB Center

Catalina Navarro, BSN, RN
Nurse Consultant/Educator
Heartland National TB Center

Halbert Brown, DBA(c), MBA
Executive Director
Heartland National TB Center

Juan Isidro Kaainoa Ogarto
Community Health Outreach Worker
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Richard Brostrom, MD, MSPH
Pacific Regional TB Field Medical Officer
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Connie Bieb Olikong
Program Manager, Communicable Disease Unit
Ministry of Health and Human Services, Republic of Palau

Amanda Christensen, AM, RN
Executive Director
Australian Respiratory Council

Alisa Rivera
Diagnostic Laboratory Services

Debbie Davila, MSN, RN
Nurse Consultant/Educator
Heartland National TB Center

Delphina Sánchez, MA
Director of Education
Heartland National TB Center

Mayleen Ekiek, MD
Medical Director
National Communicable Diseases
FSM Dept. of Health and Social Affairs

Barbara Seaworth, MD
Medical Director
Heartland National TB Center

Tori Enomoto, M(ASCP)CM
Assistant Manager, Microbiology Department
Diagnostic Laboratory Services

Angela M. Starks, PhD
Chief, Laboratory Branch
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Derrick Felix, BS
Public Health Advisor / Project Officer
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dawn Tuckey, MPH
Public Health Advisor / Project Officer
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Alzena Fleetwood
Disease Intervention Officer, Communicable Disease Unit
Ministry of Health & Human Services, Republic of Palau

Vasiti Uluiviti, M(ASCP)CM, MMSc, BAppSc, CMLT
Regional Laboratory Coordinator
Pacific Island Health Officers Association (PIHOA)

John A. Jereb, MD FAAP
Medical Officer
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Alysia Wayne
Program Specialist
Heartland National TB Center

Maureen Kolasa, RN, MPH
Program Evaluation and Health Economics Team Lead
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Subhash YADAV, MD
Medical Officer
World Health Organization

Allison M. Maiuri, MPH, CHES
Education, Training, and Behavioral Studies Team Lead
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Hotel Location:  Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, 2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815

Lodging Rate:  $265.00 per night plus applicable taxes

Cut-off Date:  November 1, 2022

Website for Reservations: Visit Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort website 

Hotel Location:  Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, 2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815

Lodging Rate:  $265.00 per night plus applicable taxes

Cut-off Date:  November 1, 2022

Website for Reservations: Visit Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort website 

First Night Deposit:  When making hotel reservations, the sleeping room must be secured with a valid credit card along with a first night’s deposit (refundable up to 30 days in advance of arrival).  All credit cards used to prepay the room deposit m ay be charged immediately.

Resort Charge: Group room rates are quoted exclusive of applicable resort charge.  In addition to the sleeping room rates mentioned above, a Daily Resort Charge of $35.00 will be posted to all guest rooms.  Daily Resort Charge is assessed at check-in.

The following items are included in our Daily Resort Charge:

  • Basic In-Room Guest WiFi Access. Please choose SSID: Hilton Honors up to 4 devices
  • WiFi internet access in most public areas of the resort including Starbucks using SSID: Hilton Public
  • PlayStation® 3 access with unlimited movies and games
  • Local, Toll-Free, and Credit Card Calls (No Access Fee)
  • Hawaiian Village Cultural Activities
  • 10% off or 1-category upgrade on a 2-day or more rental from National Rental Car located at Tapa Tower in Hilton Hawaiian Village*
  • Movies on Wednesdays and Saturdays at sundown
  • 20% off the Adventure Sail on the Hilton’s Spirit of Aloha Catamaran**
  • Outdoor Morning Exercise Classes.
  • 10% off Waikiki Beach Activities’ for chairs & umbrellas, kayaks, pedal boats, stand-up paddle boards & aqua cycles.***
  • Buy one adult admission and get one child (4-12 years) admission free to the Waikiki Aquarium.
  • 20% off the Elite Beach Package offered at Waikiki Beach Activities located at the center of Dukes Beach.

*Discount or upgrade only valid at Hilton Hawaiian Village location. Cannot be combined with any other promotion or offer.

**Discount valid on Adventure Sail and not applicable to any other sails. Cannot be combined with any other promotion or offer.

***10% discount is based upon availability, may not be combined with other offers and may be changed without notice. This discount offer excludes other rental and retail items, surfboard rentals, surfing lessons and SUP-Yoga classes, catamaran rides and other activities.

****Cannot be combined with any other promotion or offer. Offer may change without notice.

Additional information: 

  • Extra Person rate for every third and fourth occupant in the room is $50.00 per person, per night plus tax (maximum of four persons), subject to change
  • Children under 18 stay free if in same room as parents, utilizing existing bedding
  • Rollaway charge is currently $95.00 plus tax, per rollaway, per night (subject to change)
  • Guaranteed Connecting Rooms will be assessed a charge of $50.00 plus tax per night, per pair (subject to change)
  • Guest Parking Rates: Self-Parking $59.00 plus tax, per day and Valet Parking $67.00 plus tax per day (subject to change).

More details soon!

Call for Abstracts

 

POSTER SUBMISSION DOWNLOAD

 

The PITCA abstract committee welcomes the submission of abstracts for poster presentations on all

aspects of tuberculosis control.  Relevant topics include TB epidemiology, clinical, nursing and outreach,

laboratory, education and training, as well as outcomes of program initiatives.

Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2022

How to submit an abstract:

Please follow the recommended length and language guidelines:

  • Limit words to 350 or less (title and authors are not inclusive in word count)
  • Abstracts must be in English

Please make sure to include the following in your abstract:

  • Descriptive title, list of authors, and affiliations
  • Background/statement of problem/objectives of the analysis
  • Methods
  • Results/key findings
  • Conclusions

Abstracts will be reviewed and accepted on the basis of on-time receipt and quality, methodology, and

relevance to TB control/elimination, as determined by the Abstract Committee. Notifications of abstract

acceptance will be sent via email with details about poster dimensions, etc.  At least one co-author must

attend the conference to present the poster. Travel scholarships for poster presenters will not be

provided. You may submit abstracts that have been presented at other conferences.

Posters will remain up for viewing throughout the PITCA conference. Poster discussion sessions will be

scheduled during the conference.  Some posters may be selected for 5-minute oral presentations during

PITCA plenary sessions.

Please share with others who may be interested in submitting an abstract.  Thank you!

If you have questions or for more information, please contact [email protected].

 
In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention