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No. 1, 2013


2013 Program Managers’ Course

This year’s Program Managers’ Course was held in Atlanta, Georgia, January 28–February 1, 2013.

picture of Program Managers Course The overall purpose of the course is to improve the planning and managerial capabilities of new TB program managers throughout the country. It is designed for TB controllers, program managers, public health advisors, and nurse consultants with programmatic responsibilities at the state, big city, territorial, 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.

This year's 5-day training was divided into 20 sessions. picture of 5-day Program Managers CourseEach session stood alone as a block of instruction, but was sequenced to build logically on the sessions preceding it. The course concluded with a charge to the participants and an opportunity for each of them to share what they learned at the course.

The course stresses 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. Some new additions to the course included an entire day dedicated to cooperative agreements.

For the participants, the course is not entirely over. They will be mailed a 6-month follow-up questionnaire in July 2013. Once this questionnaire is completed and returned, each participant will receive a certificate of completion for the course.

The DTBE Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch (CEBSB) would like to thank the faculty and participants of the 2013 TB Program Managers’ Course 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 are greatly appreciated.

—Submitted by Allison Maiuri, MPH and Molly Dowling, MPH
Div of TB Elimination

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The Latent TB Infection (LTBI) Treatment Fact Sheet Series

Adverse events while taking treatment for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) are rare; however, these adverse events can have harmful, long-lasting results if they do occur.

To help patients, patients’ loved ones, and providers recognize and respond to the most common symptoms of a possible adverse event, DTBE staff created the Latent TB Infection (LTBI) Treatment Fact Sheet Series with the help of current and retired TB program staff from Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Virginia. Patient and provider feedback on the readability and design of the fact sheets was solicited with support from Georgia’s DeKalb and Fulton County TB programs.

The Fact Sheet Series is designed to complement the treatment counseling delivered by a health care provider. The series is comprised of fact sheets for each of the three CDC-recommended LTBI regimens. Each fact sheet provides patients with a written reminder of their treatment regimen schedule, expected side effects, symptoms indicative of a possible adverse event, actions to take if symptoms of a possible adverse event do occur, tips to help remain adherent to the medication, and instructions in the event a dose of medication is missed. Each fact sheet in the series can be personalized for a patient, if necessary.

The three fact sheets are available on the CDC DTBE website and may be downloaded and printed. The fact sheets are located on the TB Publications and Products – Factsheet page, under the title “What You Need to Know About Your Medicine for Latent Tuberculosis (TB) Infection-Fact Sheet Series.” The link to these materials is provided below.

—Submitted by Joan Mangan, PhD, MST,
Kimberley Chapman, MPH, CHES,
and Gloria Oramasionwu, MD, MPH

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