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January 2009 • Vol. 4 • Issue 1
TB and Corrections

Partnerships Between Public Health and Corrections for Tuberculosis Control

corrections jailGo to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200, do not become infected or diseased with M. tuberculosis

It is important to remember the Corrections System does not have a monopoly on TB control within the correctional facilities; there must be a collaborative relationship with local public health officials to ensure the best practices for TB control and prevention are used. Inmates come from the community, corrections employees live in the community, and those employees interact with their own families/friends, as well as the incarcerated population. The actual correctional facility may stand alone, but the dynamics of the human population make it a component of the local health environment that cannot be ignored.

bannerImportance of Collaboration
Tuberculosis control must be a collaborative activity at all levels of the public health and correctional systems. State level health authorities should cultivate a relationship with state level corrections department staff.  The establishment of good working relationships at the higher levels may produce a positive "trickle down" effect, thereby facilitating collaboration at the county/city/local level. Read more >>
Upcoming Courses

January 21, 2009
TB Clinical Case Conference: Challenging Cases from the Southeast Region
Join David Ashkin and Drs. Margaret Tipple and Dana Bradshaw (Virginia) and Max Saffinger (Florida, Bureau of Laboratories) as they discuss recent challenging cases in the southeast and discuss both the clinical and programmatic implications of new rapid diagnostic tests. (10:00 AM EST) More info >>

TB Morbidity and Mortality Review
A Clinical Web-based Educational Opportunity. Participate with healthcare staff at A.G. Holley Hospital as they conduct the quarterly TB M&M Review. (12:30 PM EST) More info >>

January 26, 2009

From the Laboratory to the Community: The Science of TB Elimination
Join us for this exciting web-based seminar featuring Stefan Kaufmann, Ph.D. of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin. Dr. Kaufmann will discuss new research to identify the molecular defense mechanisms responsible for protection against TB and the implication of research results for the impact of new interventions like TB vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics. David Ashkin and Max Salfinger will provide both clinical and laboratory perspectives. (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST) More info >>

March 2-5, 2009
Comprehensive Clinical TB Course
A.G. Holley Hospital, Lantana, Florida, More info >>

March 6, 2009
Tuberculin Skin Test Train the Trainer Course
A.G. Holley Hospital, Lantana, Florida, More info >>
Welcome to our new CloseContact editor,
John C. Grabau 

John recently retired from the New York State Department of Health where he was principal investigator for the Centers for Disease Control Tuberculosis Cooperative Agreement and Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium. He was also principal investigator for the Office of Refugee Resettlement's Refugee Health Prevention Program. John earned is M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. John now calls Florida "home" and the SNTC is fortunate to have him as the newest member of our team.

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The Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center is one of four Regional Training and Medical Consultation Centers (RTMCCs) funded by the CDC. The SNTC seeks to address the training, education, medical consultation, and technical assistance needs of healthcare providers and TB programs in 11 southeastern states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.