TB Community Engagement Network
The TB Community Engagement Networkexternal icon supports communities at risk for tuberculosis (TB) and builds capacity among healthcare providers and others who serve and support these populations.
The Need for Expanded Latent TB Infection Testing and Treatment
Ending TB in the United States will require a dual approach of maintaining and strengthening current TB control priorities while increasing efforts to identify and treat latent TB infection in populations at risk for TB disease. CDC and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend testing populations at increased risk for TB infection, including people born in or who frequently travel to countries where TB disease is common (for example, Mexico, Philippines, India, Vietnam, China, and Guatemala, among other countries).
New efforts are required to raise awareness of latent TB infection in communities disproportionately affected by TB and promote latent TB infection testing and treatment. It is also critical to engage with healthcare providers to ensure they know about the latest TB diagnostics and latent TB infection treatment options available.
TB Community Engagement Network Objectives
The TB Community Engagement Network brings together community-based organizations across the United States to increase knowledge, testing, and treatment of TB and latent TB infection among communities at increased risk. The goals of the TB Community Engagement Network are to:
- Conduct outreach to communities most affected by TB,
- Increase awareness and understanding of latent TB infection testing and treatment strategies,
- Share resources and best practices among providers, and
- Develop partnerships to scale existing initiatives.
TB Community Engagement Network Partners
CDC is partnering with the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)external icon to lead this effort, with support from the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)external icon, the Hepatitis B Foundationexternal icon, and Stop TB USAexternal icon. CDC and the TB Community Engagement Network will also work closely with state and local TB control programs.
Visit AAPCHO’s TB Community Engagement Networkexternal icon website for more information.