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TB Education and Training Network Updates

Cultural Competency Update

Members of the TB Education and Training Network (TB ETN) Cultural Competency Workgroup had the opportunity to meet each other in person at the seventh annual TB ETN Conference held in Atlanta in August. In addition to networking at the conference, 15 workgroup members went to dinner one evening for additional networking time. Genevieve Greeley, a Cultural Competency Workgroup member, presented a thought-provoking and informative presentation about cultural competency on the first day of the conference.

The subcommittee welcomes a new co-chair, Martha Alexander, MHS. Martha works for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of TB Control. Kristina Ottenwess, a Training Specialist with the Southeastern National TB Center in Gainesville, Florida, continues as co-chair for a second year.

The Workgroup is currently planning several special topic calls for 2008. These 1-hour special topic calls occur immediately after our regularly-scheduled conference calls, and consist of a presentation by topic content experts followed by a discussion. Topics under consideration for 2008 include TB among people born in Mexico, TB among refugees, and LTBI adherence among foreign-born people.

The Cultural Competency Resource Guide, which was developed by the TB ETN Cultural Competency Workgroup, was recently updated. This guide contains over 170 culture- and language-related organizations, books, articles, reports, and assessment tools. Members of the Cultural Competency Workgroup encourage you to take a look at this valuable resource on the TB Behavioral and Social Science Resources page (www.findtbresources.org/scripts/index.cfm?FuseAction=Behavioral) under the heading “Other Resources and Activities.”

—Submitted by Beth Kingdon, MPH
TB Education Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Health, TB Prevention and Control Program

Cultural Competency Tip:

“Cultural differences significantly influence our approach to and our definitions of health and healthy living.”

From: A Primer for Cultural Proficiency: Towards Quality Health Services for Hispanics, by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

New Steering Committee Members

The Tuberculosis Education and Training Network (TB ETN) is pleased to announce the new members of the Steering Committee. These members will serve on the committee for 2 years, with the exception of Mary Long. Mary, who is representing the Heartland RTMCC, will serve for 1 year. We welcome these new members!

Melinda Diaz, BSN, RN, MED
Infectious Disease Control Consultant
Ohio Department of Health
E-mail: Melinda.Diaz@odh.ohio.gov

Genevieve Greeley, BS
Health Program Specialist
Utah Department of Health
E-mail: ggreeley@utah.gov

Xiomara Hardison, RN
PHN III/Nurse Consultant
Chicago Department of Public Health
E-mail: hardison_xiomara@cdph.org

Beth Kingdon, BS
Education Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Health
E-mail: Elisabeth.Kingdon@state.mn.us

Regional Training and Medical Consultation Centers Representative (2008)
Mary Long, MSPH
Director of Marketing
Heartland National TB Center

—Reported by Maria Fraire, MPH, CHES
Div of TB Elimination

 
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