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Tuberculosis for Epidemiologists: Outbreak Investigations

Arlington, TX
May 27-28, 2015

Being held at
Bob Duncan Center
2800 South Center Street
Arlington, Texas 76014

Sponsored by

Heartland National TB Center
In Collaboration with
Dallas County Health and Human Services
Texas Department of State Health Services 


Shama Ahuja, PhD, MPH
New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Wendy Chung, MD, MSPH
Dallas County Health and Human Services

Ed Graviss, PhD, MPH
Houston Methodist Research Institute

Lauren Lambert, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jeanne Sullivan Meissner, MPH
New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Eyal Oren, PhD, MS
University of Arizona

Krista Powell, MD, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jon Warkentin, MD, MPH
Tennessee Department of Health

Dawn Tuckey, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Additional Faculty to be announced

The vision of Heartland National TB Center is to provide excellence, expertise, and innovation in training, medical consultation, and product development to reduce the impact of tuberculosis in our region.

The mission of the Heartland National TB Center is to build capacity with our partners. We will share expertise in the treatment and prevention of tuberculosis by: developing and implementing cuttngedge trainings, delivering expert medical consultation, providing technical assistance, and designing innovative educational and consultative products.

NO commercial support was given to Heartland National TB Center or UT Health Northeast for this educational program.

Participants will received a Certificate of Completion upon course completion. No continuing education credits will be given.

For more information, please contact:

Delphina Sanchez


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

8:00-8:15 AM            Registration

8:15-8:30 AM            Welcome

8:30-9:00 AM            Introduction: Why are we here?

9:00-9:45 AM            Epidemiology of Tuberculosis – Are WeMeeting 2015 National TB Targets?

9:45-10:00 AM          Break

10:00-11:00 AM         Risk Factors for Tuberculosis

11:00-12:00 PM         Using Genotyping for Cluster Investigationand Outbreak Detection

12:00-1:15 PM          LUNCH

1:15-1:45 PM            Case Presentation

1:45-3:15 PM            Epidemiology of Tuberculosis Clusters andOutbreaks (Panel Discussion)

3:15-3:30 PM            Break

3:30-5:00 PM            Defining and Identifying Your Outbreak

5:00 PM                   Adjourn

Thursday, May 28, 2015

8:00-8:15 AM           Sign in

8:15-9:15 AM            Controlling Your Outbreak

9:15-11:30 AM          Tabletop Exercise(with natural 15 minute break)

11:30-11:45 AM        Evaluation

11:45 AM                 Adjourn

*Times and topics subject to change

Target Audience
This course is designed for epidemiologists, state and local health department staff who have epidemiologic training, persons in academic settngs who have epidemiologic training, persons who may become involved in detection and investigation of TB outbreaks, TB controllers and other public health workers who may experience TB outbreaks in their jurisdictions and request epidemiologic assistance.  Participants must complete the CDC Self Study Modules 19 and present a Certificate of Completion prior to acceptance into the course.

Conference Goal
The goal of this training is to provide targeted training about TB epidemiology to sufficiently equip communicable disease epidemiologists to assist TB programs with investigations of TB outbreaks. The training will also provide epidemiologic training to enable TB Controllers and other public health workers to readily participate in detection and investigation of TB outbreaks and to become familiar with their potential roles in TB outbreak response.

Conference Objectives
Using interactive lectures covering information on the detection and investigation of TB outbreaks, participants will be able to explain key epidemiologic features of tuberculosis (TB) trends in the United States; list the groups of people who are more likely to be exposed to or infected with mycobacterium tuberculosis; describe the basic process and goals of TB genotyping; utilize reallife examples to demonstrate how to use data to identify risk groups; describe demographic characteristics of TB outbreaks reported within the United States; identify components of TB investigations; describe the basic strategies for prevention and control of TB outbreaks; using a tabletop exercise, simulate an epidemiologist’s role and steps in the investigation of a TB cluster and outbreak.

The format for this course will be lecturestyle presentations, case studies, and a table top exercise. There will be ample time for questions and answers.

Courtyard Marriott Arlington South
711 Highlander Boulevard
Arlington, Texas 76015
Reservations: 8174655599


There is no charge to attend this workshop but
preregistration is mandatory.

Deadline to register is:
May 18, 2015
Space is limited to 35 participants.


Register on-line at:

Applicants will receive notification of their enrollment
status via e-mail (unless otherwise requested).