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Comprehensive Care of Patients with TB and Their Contacts

Wichita, Kansas
October 19-22, 2015 

University of Kansas
School of Medicine
1010 North Kansas, Wichita, KS

Sponsored by:
Heartland National TB Center 

In collaboration with

Kansas Department of Health and Environment 


Heartland National TB Center
Lisa Y. Armitige, MD, PhD
Catalina Navarro, RN, BSN
Jessica Quintero, BAAS
Barbara Seaworth, MD

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Ginny Dowell, RN, BSN
Phil Griffin, BBA, CPM

Kansas University School of Medicine
Garold Minns, MD

Sedgwick County Health Department
Beth Covarrubias
John Lucero
Jason Ybarra

Lansing Correctional Facility
Shannon MeyerRex Pryor
Corizon Health
Lauren Gift, BA, MA

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.


CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Continuing education for this activity is pending.
 See final announcement for details.   

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

For more information, please contact:

Jessica Quintero


Monday, October 19, 2015

12:00-12:15 pm                      Registration  

  • Overview of Contact Investigation Guidelines
  • Initiating and Prioritizing Contact Investigation
  • Assigning Priorities to Contacts

 5:00 pm                                    Adjourn

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

8:15- 8:30 am                          Sign- in      

  • Field Safety
  • Essential Interviewing Skills for TB Contact Investigation

11:30-1:00 pm                        LUNCH

  •  When to Expand a Contact Investigation
  • Investigating in Special Settings
  • Collaborating for Successful Contact Investigations

4:45 pm                                    Adjourn

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

8:15-8:30 am                          Sign-In

  • The Laboratories Role in Caring for Patients Diagnosed with TB
  • Stop the Stigma
  • Diagnosis and Medical Case Management of TB Infection

11:30 – 1:00 pm                    LUNCH

  • Principles of Case Management; Why are we Here?
  • TB Nurse Assessment
  • TB Radiology for Nurses
  • Pediatric TB
  • Importance of Weight in the Treatment Outcomes of a TB Patient

5:00pm                                  Adjourn

Thursday, October 22, 2015

8:00- 8:15 am                      Sign- in

  • Diagnosis and Medial Case Management for TB Disease
  • Managing and Monitoring Side Effects and Toxicities of Anti-TB Therapy
  • Complicating Issues Related to TB Diagnosis and Treatment

12:00 – 1:15 pm                LUNCH

  • DOT and Strategies for Success

3:00 pm Evaluation and Certificate


Times/topics subject to change

Target Audience
This course is intended for TB contact investigators, nurses, correctional health, and other public health staff who are actively engaged in the identification, case management, and treatment of patients diagnosed with tuberculosis and their contacts.

Conference Goal
The goal of this training is to provide an comprehensive training experience covering skills essential for the TB contact investigator and/or nurse case managers managing contact investigations and/or care of patients diagnosed with tuberculosis.  This course will go beyond the basic contact investigation and nurse case management curriculum to enhance the participants ability to be accountable for all facets of contact investigation and case management.

Conference Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to discuss the impact of the CDC guidelines on existing contact investigation (CI) procedures, discuss the decision to initiate a CI, identify factors that make transmission of TB more likely, define the information needed to prioritize contacts, list the elements of worker safety, describe the purpose of a CI interview, demonstrate the skills necessary to successfully interview an index patent, list the process of conducting an investigation in a special setting, discuss the role of public health in collaboration with community providers during a CI, Identify basic components of TB diagnostic microbiology, discuss the stop the stigma movement, identify individuals at risk for TB infection, explain the components of the TB nurse assessment, describe basic radiographic patterns of TB disease, discuss current recommendations for the medical management of active TB, list medications used to treat active TB, discuss diagnosis and management of TB in children, describe the diagnosis and management of TB and co-morbidities, discuss the impact of weight gain on TB treatment outcomes, discuss the use of directly observed therapy to ensure successful outcomes.

The format for this course will be lecture-style presentations, with case studies. There will be ample time for questions and answers.

There is no charge to attend this workshop but pre-registration is mandatory.

Deadline to register is:
October 2, 2015

Space is limited to 60 participants.

Register on-line at:

Applicants will receive notification of their enrollment
status via e-mail (unless otherwise requested).  
Lodging information will be provided at that time.

This course is open those with in the Heartland region which include the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas