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The TB group within the NPIN Community is a space dedicated to helping public health professionals interact, share, and learn from each other. The community offers an online home for TB-related discussions, resources, expert opinions, and editorials as well as training and networking opportunities.


Implementing a checklist of security processes

Hello,

As part of our STD AAPPS grant, we have been asked to implement a checklist of processes for insuring confidentiality and security for data to be in place as recommended in the NCHHSTP Guidance. I see on page 45 of the guidance there is a Periodic Assessment Checklist. I'm not sure if we should develop our own based on this or if other jurisdictions have a similar "checklist" of processes already in place.

Thanks!

Alex Goode

alexandra.goode@maryland.gov

Confidential Protections for Explanation of Benefits (EOB): Webinar 6/20

Confidential Protections for Explanation of Benefits (EOB): 
Massachusetts and California Experiences    

This presentation will provide an overview of Massachusetts’s and California’s efforts to improve confidentiality protections for EOB forms. Massachusetts will present current policy recommendations and advocacy efforts, while California will discuss the Confidential Health Information Act, which took effect on January 1, 2015. Presenters will give an update on activities to monitor and support the law’s implementation.

Updated Atlas with New Advanced Query, County-Level, Origin of Birth, and 2013 TB Data Available!

The NCHHSTP Atlas is the one stop shop for 10+ years of CDC’s most recent surveillance data on HIV, viral hepatitis, STDs, and TB. The Atlas now offers new first version of an advanced query function that gives you the power to compare two or more diseases, look at data for multiple states or counties, see two or more years of data at the same time, and drill down into the data for important subpopulations. You can also create custom tables to use for planning, reports, presentations, and advocacy.

Treatment of Tuberculosis in HIV-Infected Patients

The Florida Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center offers a pocket guide and poster on the treatment of tuberculosis in HIV/AIDS. It is designed to assist clinicians in working with HIV-infected patients who have latent TB infection or active tuberculosis. Download the guide for easy reference.

Technology Use for Directly Observed Therapy?

Technology advances offer new approaches to directly observed therapy (DOT). The National Tuberculosis Controller Association’s recent conference included a poster presentation track on uses of technology for directly observed therapy/alternative models of DOT. There were posters on wirelessly observed therapy and smartphone-based DOT. There is currently a clinical trial on Wirelessly Observed Therapy in Comparison to Directly Observed Therapy for the Treatment of Tuberculosis. Have you considered new technology for DOT?

“What You Need to Know about Tuberculosis” Patient Education Resource

The Rutgers Global Tuberculosis Institute has a portable patient education flipbook for TB program staff to provide individual or small group education. It uses basic text and images to emphasize key information on TB testing, TB infection, and TB disease. Order the flipbook or download below.

Successful Strategies to Reach the African American Community on TB?

Blacks in the United States have a disproportionate share of TB, accounting for 23% of all people reported with TB in 2011 according to CDC data outlined in the “Tuberculosis in Blacks” fact sheet. Which strategies has your program found effective in reaching the African American community? How have you collaborated with your HIV prevention colleagues to address TB/HIV co-infection?

Most Effective TB Patient Education Resources?

CDC and the five TB Regional Training and Medical Consultation Centers offer TB education resources in various formats, addressing testing, TB disease, contact investigation, medication adherence, and more. Which resources do you turn to most frequently to educate your patients? Are there particular materials you’ve found effective in reaching people with low literacy? Have you developed your own materials? Please share your thoughts and resources in the comments.

Here are several good sources for educational materials:

Implementing a checklist of security processes

Hello,

As part of our STD AAPPS grant, we have been asked to implement a checklist of processes for insuring confidentiality and security for data to be in place as recommended in the NCHHSTP Guidance. I see on page 45 of the guidance there is a Periodic Assessment Checklist. I'm not sure if we should develop our own based on this or if other jurisdictions have a similar "checklist" of processes already in place.

Thanks!

Alex Goode

alexandra.goode@maryland.gov

Technology Use for Directly Observed Therapy?

Technology advances offer new approaches to directly observed therapy (DOT). The National Tuberculosis Controller Association’s recent conference included a poster presentation track on uses of technology for directly observed therapy/alternative models of DOT. There were posters on wirelessly observed therapy and smartphone-based DOT. There is currently a clinical trial on Wirelessly Observed Therapy in Comparison to Directly Observed Therapy for the Treatment of Tuberculosis. Have you considered new technology for DOT?

Successful Strategies to Reach the African American Community on TB?

Blacks in the United States have a disproportionate share of TB, accounting for 23% of all people reported with TB in 2011 according to CDC data outlined in the “Tuberculosis in Blacks” fact sheet. Which strategies has your program found effective in reaching the African American community? How have you collaborated with your HIV prevention colleagues to address TB/HIV co-infection?

Most Effective TB Patient Education Resources?

CDC and the five TB Regional Training and Medical Consultation Centers offer TB education resources in various formats, addressing testing, TB disease, contact investigation, medication adherence, and more. Which resources do you turn to most frequently to educate your patients? Are there particular materials you’ve found effective in reaching people with low literacy? Have you developed your own materials? Please share your thoughts and resources in the comments.

Here are several good sources for educational materials:

Tech Tools and Apps for Prevention and Outreach - Your Thoughts?

NPIN just wrapped up the #NPINchat Twitter chat on Tech Tools and Apps for Prevention and Outreach. We talked about CDC's Atlas, online hepatitis assessment tool, TB and STD treatment apps, and the new GetTested.cdc.gov site. The online "recommender tool" provides targeted suggestions for testing and vaccines. Chat participants offered some of the tools they use.

Ideas for the new NPIN site

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What are the types of issues you’d like to see discussed in this forum?

What are some of the types of comments you’d like to see include or not included in this community?

What does the term “online community” mean to you and how can such a community help you with your work?

Confidential Protections for Explanation of Benefits (EOB): Webinar 6/20

Confidential Protections for Explanation of Benefits (EOB): 
Massachusetts and California Experiences    

This presentation will provide an overview of Massachusetts’s and California’s efforts to improve confidentiality protections for EOB forms. Massachusetts will present current policy recommendations and advocacy efforts, while California will discuss the Confidential Health Information Act, which took effect on January 1, 2015. Presenters will give an update on activities to monitor and support the law’s implementation.

Updated Atlas with New Advanced Query, County-Level, Origin of Birth, and 2013 TB Data Available!

The NCHHSTP Atlas is the one stop shop for 10+ years of CDC’s most recent surveillance data on HIV, viral hepatitis, STDs, and TB. The Atlas now offers new first version of an advanced query function that gives you the power to compare two or more diseases, look at data for multiple states or counties, see two or more years of data at the same time, and drill down into the data for important subpopulations. You can also create custom tables to use for planning, reports, presentations, and advocacy.

Treatment of Tuberculosis in HIV-Infected Patients

The Florida Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center offers a pocket guide and poster on the treatment of tuberculosis in HIV/AIDS. It is designed to assist clinicians in working with HIV-infected patients who have latent TB infection or active tuberculosis. Download the guide for easy reference.

“What You Need to Know about Tuberculosis” Patient Education Resource

The Rutgers Global Tuberculosis Institute has a portable patient education flipbook for TB program staff to provide individual or small group education. It uses basic text and images to emphasize key information on TB testing, TB infection, and TB disease. Order the flipbook or download below.

Share Your Practices for Addressing Health Disparities

Today’s #NPINChat featured great practices for addressing health disparities among populations at risk for infectious diseases.  Keep sharing here! Ideas: create safe and positive environments for those who might feel stigmatized or be intimidated by going to a clinic, focus on social determinants of health to support populations as a whole and give your entire organization a briefing, and  meet people where they are with realistic interventions.

Missed an NPIN Twitter chat? We have transcripts

#NPINchat is held every third Thursday of the month from 2-3pm on Twitter. It focuses on topics in HIV, viral hepatitis, STD, and TB prevention, and is a great place to connect with other prevention workers. We invite you to join us, to participate or to listen. If you aren't able to attend, find the transcript on NPIN's Storify page.

Educate Patients with Basic Tuberculosis Infographic

The CDC Department of TB Elimination's TB Disease: Only the Tip of the Iceberg Infographic is available in various formats to support your TB informational efforts. Educate clients in waiting and exam rooms and on the web with these print and online resources.

Digital tools include social media graphics and Web buttons.

Thunderclap -- Sound your message across social media

Use the power of your social media connections to send a call to action across Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr. Thunderclap is a web app that requires you to set and meet a predetermined goal of supporters before your message will be sent. Supporters authorize the Thunderclap app to access their social media account once to send your message at a set time. As others share the message, your call to action rolls across the platform. This is called “crowd-speaking.”

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