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No. 4, 2008

TB Education and Training Network Updates 

TB ETN Connections Project

The TB Education and Training Network (TB ETN) Membership Development Workgroup reviewed and analyzed the TB ETN member registration forms to determine members’ expectations – that is, how members hoped to benefit from being a part of TB ETN. Overall, the review and analysis found that members wanted to be able to

  • Network with other TB educators
  • Share work they had done
  • Obtain suggestions and input from colleagues
  • Borrow presentations and materials from others so as not to reinvent the wheel

To help meet these expectations, in August 2008 the TB ETN Membership Development Workgroup launched a new initiative called the TB ETN Connections Project. This project is designed to connect members who have special talents, interests, and strengths with members who would like to develop those same talents, interests, and strengths. We divided the areas of expertise into the following six categories:

  1. Materials and products (e.g., posters, brochures, graphics, web design, e-learning)
  2. Training skills (e.g., classroom techniques, PowerPoint, games and activities, train-the-trainer techniques)
  3. Conference planning (e.g., site selection, marketing, registration, obtaining speakers)
  4. Course development (e.g., needs assessments, curriculum development, evaluation)
  5. Cultural competence (e.g., information about specific cultural groups and other populations such as jail inmates and homeless persons)
  6. Research and publication (e.g., study design, methods, data, poster presentations, publication)

The Connections Project Needs You!

Are you one of those people who believe networking is the best part of any organization? Do you have a passion for TB and TB education? Would you like to share what you’ve learned with other TB ETN members? If you answered “yes” to any of these, then volunteering as a guide/mentor in the TB ETN Connections Project would be a great opportunity for you and a great benefit for your colleagues in TB ETN!

What would be expected of you if you signed up? The TB ETN Connections Project would ask you to make a small commitment to the project in terms of time and effort. Some examples include

  • Availability and willingness to answer e-mails (within a week) and to answer phone calls (always at your convenience) from colleagues to discuss a current issue;
  • Ability to point a colleague in the right direction or to another resource person;
  • Willingness to share examples, samples, and humor; and
  • A cheerful attitude and encouraging words!

How would you be connected to colleagues needing assistance?

  • Your name, contact information, and areas of expertise will be listed on the TB ETN web site in the Member’s Only Section
  • It will be up to the member looking for information to contact you

What if you change jobs or need to be removed from the list for any reason?

  • Contact one of the co-chairs of the Membership Development Workgroup and ask that your contact information be updated or removed.

If you would like to help your colleagues in TB ETN by participating as a guide/mentor in the TB ETN Connections Project, contact Ann Poole, Membership Development Workgroup Co-Chair, with the following via e-mail or fax (404-463-3460):

  • Your name, country, and e-mail address
  • Category of expertise
  • 1–3 specific examples of expertise

If you would like to find a guide/mentor in the TB ETN Connections Project, follow these steps:

  • Go to the TB ETN web page and click on “Members Only Section” (If you are not yet a member, see below.)
  • Log into “Members Only Section” with password
  • Click on “TB ETN Connections Project”
  • Locate the category you need and contact one of the listed persons

Membership to TB ETN is open to all persons who have an interest in TB education and training issues. There are no membership fees, and new members may join at any time.  Go to www.cdc.gov/tb/tbetn/join.htm to download a membership application.

—Submitted by Ann Poole, RN
TB ETN Membership Development Workgroup
“I am stopping TB by sharing my knowledge.”

 

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