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No. 4, 2008

Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch Update

2008 Program Managers’ Course

Group members sitting around conference tableOverview of the TB Program Managers’ Course
The purpose of the TB Program Managers’ Course is to improve the planning and managerial capabilities of new TB program managers throughout the country. The course is designed for TB controllers, program managers, public health advisors, and nurse consultants with programmatic responsibilities at the state, big city, territory, 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 area. 

2008 TB Program Managers’ Course
The 2008 course was held in Atlanta, Georgia, October 27–31, 2008. This year's 5-day training was divided into 18 sessions. Each session stood alone as a block of instruction, but was sequenced to build logically on the sessions preceding it. 

The course stressed 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, followed by exercises that encouraged participants to practice using the skills in the classroom setting. At the end of each session, participants were asked to address specific questions in a Planning Guide, which required them to synthesize concepts presented in the session and apply them to their own programs.

The Planning Guide was a tangible product that participants took home from the course, to serve as a record of personal course discoveries and, more importantly, as a road map for improving their TB prevention and control efforts.

An initial look at the TB Program Managers’ Course participant evaluations indicates the course was very well received. In the final session, participants were asked to share one thing that they wanted to add, change, or improve in their TB program as a result of taking the course. Some of the ideas for change included—

  • Using genotyping data to make linkages based on something beyond contact investigation
  • Implementing a cohort review process

  • Seeking opportunities to improve management skills

The course concluded with a reading of the TB poem “Expressions from Us to You” by its author, Regina Bess.

For the participants, the course is not entirely over. A 6-month follow-up questionnaire will be mailed to them in April 2009. Once this is returned, each participant will receive a certificate of completion for the course.

The Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch (CEBSB) would like to thank the faculty and participants for making the course such a success. The hard work of the faculty in preparing the materials for their sessions and the participant’s hard work during the course are appreciated.

—Submitted by Regina Bess, BS,
and Allison Maiuri, MPH
Div of TB Elimination

 

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