TB Notes Newsletter
No. 2, 2013
Winners of 2013 National TB Conference Awards
2013 NTCA Special Awards
In 2010, the National TB Controllers Association (NTCA) began recognizing colleagues in the field of TB control for their outstanding contributions. These awards are presented at the annual National TB Conference by the President of the NTCA. This year’s President, Dr. Jon Warkentin, presented the following awards during the June 2013 conference.
TB Controller of the Year
This is the National Tuberculosis Controller’s highest award. It recognizes an outstanding contribution and impact on tuberculosis prevention and control at the local, state, regional, or national level. The award recognizes what TB controllers are all about. The winner of this award was Dr. Naveen Patil of the Arkansas Department of Health. Dr. Patil was not at the conference to accept the award.
William Stead TB Clinician Award
This award recognizes outstanding commitment and performance by a clinician providing tuberculosis care, leadership, or mentoring. This was presented to Dr. Gisela Schecter of the California Department of Public Health, shown here.
This award honors exemplary care, service, dedication, or leadership in the field of TB nursing. Presented to Maria Dalbey of the Kentucky Department of Public Health’s TB Program, shown at the right of Carol Pozsik.
This award honors exemplary service, dedication, or leadership to a TB laboratory professional. The award was presented to Julie Tans-Kersten of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.
Charles DeGraw Advocacy Award
This award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding effort or achievement in advocating for increased support and recognition of TB control and prevention efforts. The winner of this award was Dr. Ana Lopez-Defede of the University of South Carolina; she was not at the conference so unable to accept the award.
Joe Ware Partner Service Award
Dixie Snider Award
This 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. Presented to Phil Talboy, DTBE, at right with Jon Warkentin.
NTCA President’s Award
This award, given at the discretion of the President, recognizes the individual who, in the President’s opinion, exemplifies service and dedication to TB control efforts. This was presented to John Seggerson, DTBE (ret.) shown here, and Stop TB USA.
2013 Poster Competition
This year, the National TB Conference held its 8th annual poster competition; of 55 posters developed and submitted by TB program staff throughout the country, 48 were available for judging and viewing during the conference. A panel of judges reviewed and rated the posters based on three criteria areas:
Relevance to TB control or elimination:
Topic provides information that can potentially be transferred to another program; addresses or identifies high-priority area of TB program or problematic area; provides strategy for better use of resources.
Clarity of information:
Information is written clearly, in short sentences, with bulleted points to enhance readability; adequate amount of information is provided to explain project, but not a complete journal article posted on the wall!
Graphics are used to clearly present information (photographs to demonstrate or model, graphs and charts to display data); graphics are appealing to the viewer (not crowded, and colors are used appropriately).
The poster judges for this year were Zelalem Temesgen (Mayo RTMCC), Jason Cummins (Tennessee), John Jereb (CDC), Judy Gibson (retired CDC), Sue Etkind (Stop TB USA), and Sarah Burkholder (Indiana). We thank them for their careful review and their diligence. The judges gave two awards this year, first place and runner-up.
The runner-up in the poster competition:
Implementation of the 12-Dose Weekly INH plus Rifapentine Regimen for Treatment of LTBI in Arkansas: A Preliminary Report on Adverse Events. Patil N, Mukasa LN, Karpoff E, Egbe XM, Smith N, and Bates JH.
Arkansas Department of Health
And the winner of the 2013 NTC outstanding poster competition:
Mobilizing to Increase TB Community Awareness and Advocacy. Caballero S, Quintero J, Navarro C, and Seaworth B.
Heartland National TB Center
Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all submitters for sharing your data, experiences, and excellent solutions!
—Reported by Donna Wegener