July 2009 • Vol. 4 • Issue 5
New SNTC Educational Materials
In June, the SNTC released new educational materials designed to assist
you in working with both the foreign-born population and
the U.S.-born African American population. These materials (and other
similar products developed within the region) are showcased in this
issue of Close Contact.
Cultural Competency and Tuberculosis Control: Country Specific Guides for Health Professionals Working with
This resource is comprised of individual country-specific guides (or summaries) for the birth countries most commonly reported by foreign-born cases treated in the United States. Each county guide provides epidemiological information for both TB and HIV, nicknames for TB, common misperceptions surrounding the etiology, disease transmission, and cures for TB and HIV, as well as the stigma surrounding these diseases. In addition, each country-specific guide provides information regarding polite greetings to use when meeting a person from the country, verbal and non-verbal communication, naming customs, cultural values, and internet links to translated materials. The information contained in these guides will enable you to employ a more culturally relativistic approach to client interviews, TB contact investigations, diagnostic procedures, and patient education and counseling regarding both TB and HIV.
Five new Country Guides have been developed: Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Indonesia, and Myanmar (formerly Burma). With the release of these five, the total number of country guides available is 15. Individual copies of the Introduction and each guide can be downloaded from the SNTC website at no cost: http://sntc.medicine.ufl.edu/Products.aspx
Working Together to Stop TB: Building Community Partnerships to Eliminate TB in African American Communities
The Working Together to Stop TB toolkit is designed to assist Health Department staff in bringing together a diverse set of partners to take actions to stop TB in local African American communities. The tools were designed to help address the issue of TB disparity by convening a forum of community stakeholders to discuss the issue and, together, initiating a plan of action. Included in the toolkit is an Introduction, a Getting Started guide with tips for convening a community forum, a 15-minute video, a PowerPoint presentation with a Facilitator's Guide for leading the discussion, and support materials and resources.
The toolkit is currently being pilot tested in various sites around the southeast region and in large cities throughout the U.S. The final version of the entire toolkit is scheduled for release in 2010. However, the video, developed under contract with RTI International, is now available for ordering from the SNTC website. The video can be accessed in two ways: a web format can be streamed for reviewing on a computer (http://sntc.medicine.ufl.edu/files/WTTS_TB.wmv; Windows Media Player 9 recommended) and a DVD can be ordered. Suggested venues for showing the video include waiting rooms in health department clinics, substance abuse treatment centers, correctional facilities, barbershops, and other community-based settings where educational content is appropriate. Additional information about the video and instructions on ordering a copy can be found at: http://sntc.medicine.ufl.edu/Products.aspx.
In case you missed it...
The July 9 Grand Rounds presented by Dr. Ken Castro, The Global Control of TB - Implications for TB Elimination in the U.S., is now available in an archived format on the SNTC website, https://sntc.medicine.ufl.edu/Webinars.aspx. CEs can be obtained by viewing the webinar and completing a brief evaluation.