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Updates from the TB Education and Training Network

TB ETN Member Highlights

TB ETN highlights its new steering committee members:

Beth Kingdon, MPH, is a TB Education Coordinator/Planner for the Minnesota Department of Health. She received her bachelor of science degree and her masters degree in public health from the University of Minnesota. Beth’s job responsibilities include serving as Minnesota’s TB Training Focal Point, and writing and implementing Minnesota’s Human Resource Development Plan. Beth would like to see TB ETN increase its active membership over the next couple of years.

Genevieve Greeley, B.S., CHES, is currently doing contract work in TB control and cultural competency. She received her bachelor’s degree in community health education and is CHES certified. She has a strong background in administering patient and provider education in the areas of general TB information and in administering tuberculin skin tests. She specializes in cultural competency and low literacy skills consultation, providing layout and design for health education materials, and other consultation as needed. She has recently opened her own business: importing jewelry and other crafts from around the world made by women who are not able to work or cannot get more traditional jobs. The goal of the business is to enable the women to support their families while building their business and self-esteem. In the next couple of years, she hopes to see TB ETN encourage more participation from its members, as well as bring more of the scientific side of TB to TB ETN so educators can be better able to understand and develop the needed education in their communities.

Genevieve currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has two children, aged 10 (Hope) and 8 (Max). They enjoy taking advantage of all the outdoor opportunities in their area. Genevieve has also traveled to South Africa to volunteer at a camp (Sizanani) for children affected by HIV/AIDS.

photo of Melinda DiazMelinda Diaz, M.Ed, BSN, RN, is an Infectious Disease Control Consultant for the Ohio Department of Health. She holds a masters degree in education, a bachelor of science degree (nursing), and a registered nurse degree. She is a nurse consultant/educator for the state of Ohio. She oversees the case management of all active TB cases in Ohio. She advises and renders technical assistance to 88 county health departments as needed. As point of contact for human resource development, she also provides one-on-one education as well as group trainings in conjunction with the TB program.

Melinda would like to see TB ETN continue to build membership and reach out to health care professionals new to TB prevention and control, to help these new members realize the complexity of TB care and management and know that support exists outside of their individual programs. “I hope we continue to provide excellent resources and opportunities to network and improve skills,” Melinda stated. Melinda is also a member of the cultural competency subcommittee and has worked in TB prevention control at both the city and state level.

photo of Xiomara E. HardisonXiomara E. Hardison, RN, is a PHN III/Nurse Consultant/Clinic Coordinator for the City of Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) TB Control Program. She received her BSN from the University of Illinois at Chicago and MSN from the Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Her job responsibilities include providing community outreach TB in-service training; providing TB consultation services to CDPH non-TB staff, external agencies, and other health care providers; providing and facilitating training and in-service training to TB staff; managing institutional (congregate settings) contact investigations; developing policies and procedures; and managing, supervising, and assisting in the clinical setting.

Xiomara was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the U.S. when she was 5 years old. She was raised in Youngstown, Ohio, in Aurora, Illinois, and in Chicago. She also has a 21-year-old daughter, a college senior majoring in chemistry with a focus in biology, of whom Xiomara is very proud.

If you’d like to join Beth, Genevieve, Melinda, and Xiomara as a TB ETN member and take advantage of all TB ETN has to offer, please send an e-mail requesting a TB ETN registration form to . You can also send a request by fax to (404) 639-8960 or by mail to TB Education and Training Network, CEBSB, Division of TB Elimination, CDC, 1600 Clifton Rd., N.E., MS E10, Atlanta, Georgia 30333.

For additional information visit the TB Education and Training Network website.

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