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No. 3, 2008

Partners Recognized for NTIP Development

At the National Tuberculosis Controllers Workshop on June 10, 2008, Steve Hughes from New York, Deb Sodt and Wendy Sutherland from Minnesota, and Barbara Stone from Colorado were recognized by DTBE for their generous contributions, support, and leadership in the development of the National Tuberculosis Indicators Project (NTIP), a performance monitoring and reporting system.

Steve Hughes receiving award from Dr. Castro at the NTCA meeting

Steve Hughes receiving award from Dr. Castro at the NTCA meeting

In 2010, TB programs will be expected to report on their progress toward achieving the 15 national TB program objectives. DTBE anticipates that NTIP will help TB programs track and report on their progress using data that they have submitted to CDC through the National Tuberculosis Surveillance System, the Aggregate Reports for TB Program Evaluation, and the Electronic Disease Notification system.

Deb Sodt with the award she received.

Deb Sodt with the award she received.

To develop NTIP, Steve Hughes, Deb Sodt, Wendy Sutherland, Barbara Stone, and others conferred every week for 10 months to review and develop national TB program objectives and indicators. They shared valuable insights and practical programmatic perspectives on the validity, reliability, and accuracy of these measures, as well as how these measures will impact TB programs.

As a result of their efforts, the performance indicators and calculations have been standardized. This will enable TB programs and DTBE to compare program performance from one year to another, to track progress over time, and to assess the impact of TB control efforts both locally and nationally.

The indicator reports that they helped design will provide information that is programmatically significant and relevant for program evaluation, and help reinforce national priorities for TB control programs.

—Submitted by Kai Young, MPH
Div of TB Elimination


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