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No. 4, 2012


2012 TB ETN & TB PEN Conference

The TB Education and Training Network (TB ETN) held its 12th annual conference September 18-20, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia, in conjunction with the fourth annual TB Program Evaluation Network (TB PEN) Conference. Participants numbered 165 and represented state and local TB programs, nonprofit organizations, and academia, from across the United States and many countries.

This year’s theme, Lights, Camera, Action: Setting the Stage for TB Elimination inspired exciting presentations and activities throughout the two and a half day meeting. Plenary topics included an overview of lessons learned from the smallpox eradication campaign; the importance of presenting TB data to partners and the public; how TB patient stories, insights, and perspectives can be incorporated into TB education; and how to use and evaluate video observed therapy. Breakout sessions provided participants an opportunity to delve further into topics such as how to enhance cohort reviews, design surveys, write comprehensive TB control program manuals, review low-cost tools for evaluation, understand cultural myths about TB, and how to conduct data analysis. A highlight of the conference was the PEN Focal Point Meeting followed by the ETN Focal Point Meeting.

This conference marked the third year for the TB Educator of the Year Award and the Project Excellence Award. These awards were established in 2010 to recognize excellence in TB health education and training by TB ETN members around the world.

The recipient of the 2012 TB Educator of the Year Award is Linette McElroyThe TB Educator of the Year award recognizes an individual who has shown dedication and leadership in the field of TB education and training. The recipient of the 2012 TB Educator of the Year Award is Linette McElroy. Linette is a TB health educator with many years of experience providing exceptional service as a registered nurse specializing in TB.  She has served as a TB educator and practice consultant to regional, provincial, and federal public health agencies across Canada and the United States. She has designed and delivered numerous TB training curricula for both American and Canadian health care workers. Additionally, she has contributed to global TB efforts through the World Health Organization, the International Union against TB and Lung Disease, and relief organizations by creating high quality TB educational materials for health care professionals, clients, and the general public.

Linette has been an active member of TB ETN for several years. She has contributed to the network in many different capacities.  She currently is a co-chair of the TB ETN Membership Development Workgroup, serves as the international representative on the TB ETN Steering Committee, and has written countless articles on training and education for TB Notes.

Her passion and dedication have been most apparent in her tireless contributions to this conference.  She always goes above and beyond to ensure that we have a great conference every year. As part of the Membership Development Workgroup, she is committed to making sure that new members are taken care of at the conference and works to put together the New Member Orientation each year. Her enthusiasm, dedication, and passion for her work are an inspiration to everyone in TB and she is truly a joy to work with.

Social Marketing for TB Education with the Navajo NationThe Project Excellence Award recognizes individuals or teams who have developed an exceptional health education and training product or activity within the past 2 years. The project that won this year’s award is Social Marketing for TB Education with the Navajo Nation. This project was developed by a team consisting of Diana Fortune, Deborah Isaacks, Keila Pena-Hernandez, Sarah Yazzie, Tracey Lemm, Gayle Williamson, Norma Benally, Marina Veit, William John, Margaret Lee, Joann King, and Stuart Noble.

Social Marketing for TB Education with the Navajo Nation is a campaign designed to educate community members and health care workers about TB in the Navajo Nation. The need for this project was identified by a study conducted by the New Mexico TB Program, which indicated that both delay in diagnosis and delay in patients seeking treatment were significant factors in the high TB mortality rate in New Mexico.

This campaign made use of many different media formats, which included posters, billboards, a documentary of TB on the Navajo Nation, movie theatre ads, a radio ad, and clinician education at the Four Corners TB/HIV Conference and the UNIDOS Conference. This project demonstrates excellence in health education and training for its comprehensive TB education campaign spanning 2 years and utilizing multiple media formats.

Congratulations to this year’s award winners!

—Reported by Peri Hopkins, MPH
Div of TB Elimination

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