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TB Education and Training Network

Project Excellence and TB Educator of the Year Awards

This conference marked the 5th 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 TB Educator of the Year award recognizes an individual who has shown dedication and leadership in the field of TB education and training. There were many excellent nominations, and for the first time ever, we had a tie for this award! The two winners of this year’s award are Ann Jackson and Alexandra Santana Camacho.

Ann Jackson is a Nurse Consultant with the Office of TB and Refugee Health at the Mississippi State Department of Health. Ann has been described as a ‘training dynamo’ who has worked more to increase the awareness of TB in Mississippi than any other individual. As an example of the training she provides, Ann conducts an average of 78 day-long classroom TB trainings per year and certifies about 2,500 individuals, mostly nurses, per year (that’s over 10,000 people in the last 4 years!). She also strives to make training more accessible and affordable. Recently, she hosted a live online training on ‘TB interviewing basics,’ followed by in-person regional classroom sessions using role play and videotaping of practice interviews for feedback and improvement. She is also responsible for maintaining and updating the TB program manual. These are just a few of the many, many examples of the work Ann does regarding TB education and training.

Alexandra Santana Camacho is the TB Program Educator at the Puerto Rico Department of Health. When Alexandra joined the Puerto Rico TB Control Program, there had been no consistent health educator for more than 5 years. Her first activities on the job were updating and standardizing the program’s employee orientation plan, updating the program’s website, and developing a comprehensive Spanish-language TB guide for physicians, nurses, and other health care providers. She also hosted a Spanish-language TB contact investigation (CI) course after translating hundreds of English-language slides into Spanish. Her 4-day CI course in June 2014 was the first formal CI training to be offered to the more than 20 technicians and nurses of the Puerto Rico TB Program. In summary, Alexandra has worked to build a multifaceted, high quality, culturally appropriate TB education program in just over a year’s time.  

The Project Excellence award recognizes exceptional health education and training products or activities that have been developed by TB ETN members within the past 2 years. The 2014 TB Project Excellence Award goes to the ‘TB Sputum Collection Video.’ This project was developed by Madison and Dane County TB public health staff in Wisconsin. The team consisted of Julia Greenleaf, Nancy Odell, Jesse Ramirez, Kate Louther, Lorna Will, and Jeff Golden.

The TB Sputum Collection Video was developed to address the lack of effective instructions or videos to help TB patients learn how to provide TB sputum specimens. The team applied for and received a grant for the video production from the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation. The video was then produced by program staff and eventually translated into Spanish, Hmong, and Nepali. Since the development of the original English video, it has been translated into 15 additional languages, including Khmer, Swahili, Karen, Vietnamese, French, and Russian. All of the videos are available on the program’s website.

Please check this website in April of 2016 for nomination information about the 2016 awards.