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No. 3, 2008

NTCA Workshop Poster Contest

In June 2008, the National TB Controllers Association (NTCA) held its third annual poster contest at the NTCA Workshop in Atlanta. This year, 44 posters were developed and submitted by TB program staff from throughout the country, and were available for viewing during most of the meeting. A panel of judges reviewed and rated the posters on three criteria areas:

  1. 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.
  2. Clarity of information
    Information is clearly written, short sentences, bulleted points to enhance readability; adequate amount of information provided to understand project, but not a complete journal article!
  3. Graphic presentation
    Graphics utilized to clearly present information (photographs to demonstrate or model, graphs and charts to display data); graphics are appealing to the viewer (not crowded, colors are used appropriately).

This year the judges gave 2 first- and second-place awards (because of ties among the entrants), 1 third place award, and 1 honorable mention.

First-place awards were given as follows:
Investigating a Prevalent TB Genotype Cluster: Should We Invest our Resources?

McKenna T,(1) Rabley S,(1) Rogers BJ,(2) Desai MA,(3,5) Harris D,(4) Moonan PK,(5) Oeltmann JE(5)

  1. South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control, Columbia, SC
  2. York County Department of Health & Environmental Control, Rock Hill, SC
  3. Epidemic Intelligence Service, CDC
  4. CDC Epidemiology Elective Medical Student, CDC
  5. DTBE, CDC

Human Resource Development: Enhancing the Expertise and Achieving Certification for Competencies for TB Nurse Consultants

Farrell D, Braun J, Navarro C, Robles M, Phillips L, and Seaworth B
Heartland National TB Center (HNTC)

The second-place winners were:
Pack ’em In: Comparing QuantiFERON-Gold Blood Assays to Tuberculin Skin Tests During a Contact Investigation at an Oregon Meat Packing Plant

Hedberg K,(1) O’Neal S,(2) Markham A,(3) Schafer S(1)

  1. Oregon Public Health Division
  2. Oregon Health and Sciences University
  3. Klamath County Health Department

Shelter-Based TB Screening Among Baltimore City Homeless Persons

Lanum A,(1, 2) Reece J,(2) Johnson S,(2) Dorman SE,(2, 3) Brown C(2)

  1. CDC
  2. Baltimore City Health Department
  3. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

The judges gave the third-place award to:
Northeastern Regional Medical Consultation Service - Assessing the 2007 Experience

Hayden C,(1) Lardizabal A,(1) Passannante M,(1,2,3) E Napolitano1

  1. NJ Medical School (NJMS) Global Tuberculosis Institute
  2. NJMS Dept of Community & Preventive Medicine
  3. UMDNJ School of Public Health

In addition, honorable mention was given to: A Decade’s Experience with Georgia’s Alternative Housing Project: A Model for Managing Homeless TB Patients

Sales R-MF,(1) Collins P,(2) Baldwin L,(2) DeVoe-Payton B,(1,3) C White(2)

  1. Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health
  2. American Lung Association of Georgia
  3. CDC

Poster topics were varied, reflecting the multiplicity of issues TB programs face and the creative solutions and dedicated actions in response. The posters ranged from very simple and basic to very dense and data-driven. There was much creative use of graphics and photographs, which aided in attracting viewers and illustrating each poster’s message. This year an honorable mention award was added because two of the judges rated this poster with perfect scores.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s competition, and thank you to all submitters for sharing your data, experiences, and excellent solutions!

—Submitted by Regina Bess
Div of TB Elimination



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