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A disparity exists between the TB case rate of African Americans (US-born non-Hispanic blacks) and whites, especially in the southeastern United States. To reach the goal of eliminating TB, disparities in TB rates between whites and racial/ethnic minorities must be addressed. Resources to address this need are provided below:

TB Disparity in African Americans

Minority populations continue to have TB rates significantly higher than the overall U.S. average, and a TB disparity exists between the TB case rate of African Americans (defined by CDC as US-born non-Hispanic Blacks) and Whites. In 2004, African Americans comprised the largest group (45%) of US-born cases of TB and a substantial proportion of all US cases (28%). The rate of TB in the African American population in the United States consistently exceeds the rate of TB in whites. In 2005, the TB case rate among non-Hispanic Blacks (11.5 per 100,000) was over 8 times higher than that among non-Hispanic Whites.

For the United States to reach the goal of eliminating TB, disparities in TB rates between whites and racial/ethnic minorities must be addressed. To do so, CDC funded the following research: Addressing Tuberculosis (TB) among African Americans in the Southeast: Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Treatment Adherence for Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) and TB Disease: TB Task 11 Executive Summary.

The majority of US-born African Americans live in the southeastern region of the country, and these states historically and continually face great social and economic disadvantage. To address the problems posed by TB in this population and in this region, the SNTC emphasizes the need for education and awareness, and offers the following resources below:

RESOURCES AND REFERENCE MATERIAL

Tool kit to Address the Excess Burden of TB Among African American's in the Southeast - coming soon from SNTC

Task Order 11

  • With a goal of reducing the TB disparity among African Americans in the Southeast, this research project titled "Addressing Tuberculosis (TB) among African Americans in the Southeast: Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Treatment Adherence for Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) and TB Disease" (TB Task Order 11) is currently underway with preliminary results being posted here. Identification and understanding the socio-cultural, racial and health system barriers for African Americans at risk for TB. This project is investigating TB knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices of those at risk and those providers and community leaders who serve this population. View the poster, Racial Disparity in Tuberculosis (TB) in the Southeast United States, phase 1 preliminary research results.
  • View the poster presented at the 2006 NTCA meeting on the National Summit: Stop TB in the African-American Community - A National Summit

Journals and Articles

Video

  • Tuberculosis: What You Need to Know
    This video was created by the High Risk TB Project in Chicago, Illinois to help educate African Americans living in Chicago about tuberculosis (TB). Both public health practitioners and TB patients share information and insight into the disease. The video also lists Chicago health centers where people can receive free comprehensive TB care. For further information regarding this video, please email Chicago Department of Public Health

List-Serv/Newsletters

Websites

  • Stop TB in the African-American Community - CDC, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination's webpage with links to several valuable resources related to TB in African Americans.
  • CDC's National Prevention Information Network Includes resources on health disparities experienced by African Americans, such as fact sheets, slide sets and links to information on other communities who are at risk.
  • Hear, Act, Learn and Treat Tuberculosis (HALT) program from Georgia Department of Human Resources: Division of Public Health provides information on this grass-roots outreach with a mass media campaign. Program details include description of the efforts and include downloadable resources. Pcards, fact sheets, poster, PSA, news releases are among the links provided.
  • This website from the American Lung Association discusses the disparities regarding tuberculosis and the African American population in the United States.
  • CDC's Division of Tuberculosis Elimination - News and updates, highlights, upcoming events, and information about DTBE are offered.
  • TB Education and Training Network The TB ETN Network brings TB professionals together to share resources and build education and training skills.
  • General TB community education materials may be found on the CDC, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination website. This site offers downloadable informational products about basic tuberculosis topics for patients and the general public. Print versions of the pamphlets are available from the on-line ordering system accessed through their website.
  • Find TB Resources is a TB education and training resource website, provided as a service of the CDC. This searchable website allows for user to find TB resources easily including education and training materials, order information, links, images, list-servs, events, funding opportunities and more.

Fact Sheets/Pamphlets

Presentations


The Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center is designated as a Regional Tuberculosis Training and Medical Consultation Center (RTMCC) via a funded cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our RTMCC serves the Southeast U.S. region which consists of thirteen jurisdictions: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Center welcomes inquiries from our Southeast region constituents regarding training, educational products, technical assistance, and medical consultation.


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