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CE Credits Available - New Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis Available from CDC’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination

CDC’s DTBE has made available new educational modules designed to provide basic information about TB in a self-study format for new TB health care workers. Content in Modules 1-5 covers transmission, pathogenesis, epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and infection control. The instructional packet of Modules 6-9 covers managing TB patients, their rights and confidentiality in TB control, and outbreak detection and response. CE is offered free of charge.

View CDC's Latest Latent TB Infection Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination has recently published the infographic Take on Latent Tuberculosis (TB) Infection. The fact sheet provides a variety of information regarding latent TB infection in the United States, including the estimated number of people with latent TB infection, the cost-effectiveness of latent TB infection treatment, and who should be tested. Related graphics are available for use in print and online content.

How Will This New Guide Assist Your Prevention Work?

Curry International TB Center and the Tuberculosis Control Branch of the California Department of Public Health have recently published Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: A Survival Guide for Clinicians, 3rd Edition. The manual covers major topics on epidemiology, diagnosis, laboratory issues, treatment, medications, pediatrics, co-morbidities, monitoring and case management, adverse reactions and treatment of contacts.

Read and Share Their Stories!

To eliminate TB in the United States, it will take continued hard work and dedication from those working on the state and local levels. One of the goals of this year’s CDC World TB Day campaign is to highlight this great work. The CDC U.S. TB Elimination Champions initiative spotlights organizations and people who are making significant contributions to TB elimination in their community. We encourage you to read and share their stories with your partners and colleagues.

Will recently released TB Correctional materials help you with TB prevention efforts in the Correctional Setting?

Recently, the Southeastern National TB Center (SNTC) released the online resource TB Corrections Toolkit, which provides a variety of tools to assist corrections staff and public health TB programs who work with correctional facilities in TB control efforts. SNTC also offers one-on-one technical assistance and guidance with these tools. The toolkit includes TB Screening forms and  a Components of a Comprehensive TB Infection Control Plan form, that are great resources to reference.

How will the launch of the President’s National Action Plan for Combating Mutidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis impact your prevention efforts?

Last week, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) convened a formal launch of the President’s National Action Plan for Combating Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (NAP), a roadmap to strengthen both global and domestic TB controls and accelerate research and development of new TB diagnostic, treatment and prevention tools. Has anyone read this plan? Do you foresee it impacting or informing your work in any way?

Medical Management of MDR-TB App

USAID and TB CARE II have recently released the Medical Management of MDR-TB App that is compatible with Android smart phones. The free application is based on the 2nd edition of the PIH Guide to the Medical Management of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis which was published in 2014 and includes the most important reference tables and tools from that guide and places them conveniently at your fingertips.

Latest TB Surveillance Data

CDC's Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) recently published Reported Tuberculosis in the United States, 2014 summarizing data for TB cases in the U.S. reported to DTBE during 2014. A related infographic entitled Take on Tuberculosis (TB) provides a variety of statistics regarding TB in the United States. Download the report and infographic for more information.

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.

Homelessness and TB Toolkit

The new Homelessness and TB Toolkit from the Curry International TB Center is designed to assist public health programs and homeless service agencies with TB control among people experiencing homelessness. The toolkit contains guidelines, forms, signs, educational materials, and other resources collected from many North American sources. Some of the materials are templates that can be modified for a particular program’s needs. Get the toolkit

CE Credits Available - New Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis Available from CDC’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination

CDC’s DTBE has made available new educational modules designed to provide basic information about TB in a self-study format for new TB health care workers. Content in Modules 1-5 covers transmission, pathogenesis, epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and infection control. The instructional packet of Modules 6-9 covers managing TB patients, their rights and confidentiality in TB control, and outbreak detection and response. CE is offered free of charge.

View CDC's Latest Latent TB Infection Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination has recently published the infographic Take on Latent Tuberculosis (TB) Infection. The fact sheet provides a variety of information regarding latent TB infection in the United States, including the estimated number of people with latent TB infection, the cost-effectiveness of latent TB infection treatment, and who should be tested. Related graphics are available for use in print and online content.

How Will This New Guide Assist Your Prevention Work?

Curry International TB Center and the Tuberculosis Control Branch of the California Department of Public Health have recently published Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: A Survival Guide for Clinicians, 3rd Edition. The manual covers major topics on epidemiology, diagnosis, laboratory issues, treatment, medications, pediatrics, co-morbidities, monitoring and case management, adverse reactions and treatment of contacts.

Read and Share Their Stories!

To eliminate TB in the United States, it will take continued hard work and dedication from those working on the state and local levels. One of the goals of this year’s CDC World TB Day campaign is to highlight this great work. The CDC U.S. TB Elimination Champions initiative spotlights organizations and people who are making significant contributions to TB elimination in their community. We encourage you to read and share their stories with your partners and colleagues.

Will recently released TB Correctional materials help you with TB prevention efforts in the Correctional Setting?

Recently, the Southeastern National TB Center (SNTC) released the online resource TB Corrections Toolkit, which provides a variety of tools to assist corrections staff and public health TB programs who work with correctional facilities in TB control efforts. SNTC also offers one-on-one technical assistance and guidance with these tools. The toolkit includes TB Screening forms and  a Components of a Comprehensive TB Infection Control Plan form, that are great resources to reference.

How will the launch of the President’s National Action Plan for Combating Mutidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis impact your prevention efforts?

Last week, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) convened a formal launch of the President’s National Action Plan for Combating Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (NAP), a roadmap to strengthen both global and domestic TB controls and accelerate research and development of new TB diagnostic, treatment and prevention tools. Has anyone read this plan? Do you foresee it impacting or informing your work in any way?

Medical Management of MDR-TB App

USAID and TB CARE II have recently released the Medical Management of MDR-TB App that is compatible with Android smart phones. The free application is based on the 2nd edition of the PIH Guide to the Medical Management of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis which was published in 2014 and includes the most important reference tables and tools from that guide and places them conveniently at your fingertips.

Latest TB Surveillance Data

CDC's Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) recently published Reported Tuberculosis in the United States, 2014 summarizing data for TB cases in the U.S. reported to DTBE during 2014. A related infographic entitled Take on Tuberculosis (TB) provides a variety of statistics regarding TB in the United States. Download the report and infographic for more information.

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?

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:

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.

Homelessness and TB Toolkit

The new Homelessness and TB Toolkit from the Curry International TB Center is designed to assist public health programs and homeless service agencies with TB control among people experiencing homelessness. The toolkit contains guidelines, forms, signs, educational materials, and other resources collected from many North American sources. Some of the materials are templates that can be modified for a particular program’s needs. Get the toolkit

“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.

CureTB Continuity of Care Program -- Refer Your Traveling Tuberculosis Patients

CureTB provides referrals and continuity-of-care services for tuberculosis (TB) patients and their families when traveling throughout the United States, Mexico, and Central America. Services are available for patients, their families and providers from any state, city, or community in these areas. The program serves as an information conduit between the previous provider, the patient, and the new provider in the patient's destination area. 

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.

Prevention through Healthcare - Suggested Provisions For State TB Prevention and Control Laws

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Regulations can facilitate progress toward public health goals. However, they can also create barriers. CDC has various legal and policy resources, assessments, public health research, and policy reviews regarding TB, HIV, and other STDs.

TB remains a significant public health concern. Laws intended to prevent TB and control its spread have been in use for more than a century, and remain highly relevant today. CDC, in cooperation with its partners, has developed law-related resources on TB for use by states, localities, and tribes.

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