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Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch Update

2007 Program Managers’ Course

Overview of the TB Program Managers’ Course

The overall purpose of CDC’s TB Program Managers’ Course is to improve the planning and managerial capabilities of new TB program managers throughout the country. The course is designed for TB controllers, program managers, public health advisors, and nurse consultants with programmatic responsibilities at the state, big city, territory, or regional (within a state) level. Optimally, a course participant should have occupied a TB program management position for at least 6 months, but no more than 3 years. Participants are nominated by the DTBE Program Consultant for their respective area.

2007 TB Program Managers’ Course

Image of the 2007 TB Program Managers’ CourseThe 2007 course was held in Atlanta, Georgia, October 15–19, 2007. The Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch (CEBSB) would like to thank the faculty and participants for making the course such a success. The hard work of the faculty in preparing the materials for their sessions and the participants’ hard work during the course were greatly appreciated.

This year's 5-day training was divided into 17 sessions. Each session stood alone as a block of instruction, but was sequenced to build logically on the sessions preceding it. The course concluded with a reading of the TB poem “Expressions from Us to You” by its author, Regina Bess of DTBE.

The course stressed the practical application of planning, management, and evaluation concepts to the specific issues and concerns of TB programs. Skills essential to TB program management were presented, followed by exercises that encouraged participants to practice using the skills in the classroom setting. At the end of each session, participants were asked to address specific questions in a Planning Guide, which required them to synthesize concepts presented in the session and apply them to their own programs.

The Planning Guide was a tangible product that participants took home after the course to serve as a record of personal course discoveries and, more importantly, as a road map for improving the effectiveness of their TB prevention and control efforts.

An initial look at the TB Program Managers’ Course participant evaluations indicates the course was very well received. In the final session, participants shared one thing that they wanted to add to or improve in their program as a result of taking the course. Some of the items mentioned included

  • Improve contact investigations through better prioritization of contacts

  • Implement a cohort review process

  • Seek opportunities to improve management skills

For the participants, the course is not entirely over. They will receive a 6-month follow-up questionnaire in April 2008. Once this questionnaire is completed and returned, each participant will be awarded a certificate of completion for the course.

—Submitted by Allison Maiuri, MPH, Amera Khan, MPH, and Regina Bess, BS
Div of TB Elimination

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