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No. 1, 2014


2014 National TB Conference

The theme for the 2014 National TB Conference is Sharing the Vision of TB Elimination. The National TB Conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead June 11–13, 2014. Following are some highlights of this year’s conference:

  • Looking where the light is bad—What’s really limiting treatment of latent TB infection? Keynote given by Dr. Dick Menzies
  • Joining Dr. Menzies in the opening plenary are Drs. Jonathan Mermin (Director, NCHHSTP, CDC) and Jenny Flood (NTCA President and CA TB Controller), who will outline the vision for TB elimination
  • Faculty include staff from state, big city, and territorial TB control programs
  • NSTC and NTNC, sections of NTCA, will hold educational sessions on June 10
  • Post-conference meetings on June 13 include U.S. Mexico Border Summit and Challenges and Issues in Ensuring High Quality of TB Surveillance Data

Conference registration information, including instructions for submitting abstracts for poster presentation, is available on the NTCA website,

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Call for 2014 NTCA Awards

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized by their peers for their leadership, professionalism, and commitment to TB control? Now is your chance to give them that recognition. Nominations for the 2014 NTCA Awards are now being accepted. These awards, started in 2010, are designed to honor those in the TB community who have demonstrated leadership, professionalism, and passion for their work in TB control. The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2014. The form and instructions for submitting a nomination are available on the NTCA website,

The NTCA Award categories are as follows:

  • TB Controller of the Year—This is the National Tuberculosis Controller’s highest award; what TB controllers are all about! It recognizes an outstanding contribution and impact on tuberculosis prevention and control at the local, state, regional, or national level.
  • Carol Pozsik Nursing Award—honors exemplary care, service, dedication, or leadership in the field of TB nursing.
  • William Stead Clinician Award—recognizes outstanding commitment and performance by a clinician providing tuberculosis care, leadership, or mentoring.
  • Ed Desmond Award—honors exemplary service, dedication, or leadership to a tuberculosis laboratory professional.
  • Robert Koch Award—recognizes outstanding contributions with a clinical, epidemiological, or academic focus by a tuberculosis researcher in the quest to eliminate tuberculosis.
  • Dixie Snider Award—recognizes a CDC employee who has provided outstanding support, through partnership with a state or local tuberculosis community, in the interest of tuberculosis control and prevention.
  • Charles DeGraw Advocacy Award—recognizes an individual or organization that has made an outstanding effort or achievement in advocating for increased support and recognition of tuberculosis control and prevention efforts.
  • Joe Ware Partner Service Award—recognizes an organization that has made a significant effort and/or contribution to the mission of tuberculosis control and prevention through advocacy and partner activities.

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NTCA Personnel Changes

NTCA is pleased to announce the newest member of the central office team—Jennifer Kanouse. Jennifer was named NTCA’s Director of Communications and Member Services, effective January 15, 2014. Since 2009, Jennifer has been an important member of the NTCA team, serving on a part-time basis as a Special Projects Coordinator. Jennifer has an instructional design background and was previously a member of the Curry International TB Center’s staff. She joins a staff of two (Eva Forest and Donna Hope Wegener) providing instrumental support to the NTCA Board, NTCA committees and workgroups, the NTCA membership, and TB control programs.

Submitted by Donna Hope Wegener

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