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TB Contact
Investigation 101

Little Rock, Arkansas
May 4-5, 2016

Arkansas Department of Health

4815 W. Markham St.

Sponsored by:
Heartland National TB Center 


Arkansas Department of Health


Jan Dougan, RN
Arkansas Department of Health
Tabitha Gibbs, RN
Arkansas Department of Health
Josie Gonzalez, BS, CHW #3897
Heartland National TB Center
Marsha Majors, RN, BSN
Arkansas Department of Health
Leonard Mukasa, PhD
Arkansas Department of Health
Jessica Quintero, M.Ed.
Heartland National TB Center

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.

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commissionon Accreditation.

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

For more information, please contact:

Josie Gonzalez


Day 1

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

8:00-8:15 AM                  Registration

 8:15-8:30 AM                   Welcome & Introductions

8:30-9:15 AM                   Overview of Contact Investigation Guidelines

9:15-10:00 AM                Initiating and Prioritizing Contact Investigations

10:00-10:15 AM             Break

 10:15-11:00 AM              Initiating and Prioritizing Contact Investigations: Skill Building Exercise

11:00-12:00 PM              Assigning Priorities to Contacts

12:00-1:00 PM                LUNCH

1:00-1:45 PM                   Assigning Priorities to Contacts: Skill Building Exercise

1:45-2:15 PM                   Field Safety

2:15-3:15 PM                   Investigating in Special Settings

3:15-3:30 PM                  Break

3:30-4:00 PM                   Detecting and Handing a TB Outbreak

4:00-5:00 PM                   TB Outbreak Response; Panel Discussion

5:00 PM                            Adjourn

Day 2

Thursday, May 05, 2016

9:15-9:30 AM                  Sign-In

9:30-10:30 AM                 Essential Interviewing Skills for TB Contact Investigation

10:30-10:45 AM              Break

10:45-12:00 PM               Essential Interviewing Skills for TB Contact Investigation: Skill Building Exercise

12:00-1:00 PM                Lunch

1:00-2:00 PM                   Diagnosis and Medical Management of TB Infection

2:00-2:45 PM                   Managing Non-Adherent Contacts and Patients

2:45-3:00 PM                  Break

3:00-3:30 PM                  TB Contact Investigation Jeopardy

3:30-3:45 PM                  Q &A, Evaluation, and Adjourn&*

*Times/topics subject to change

Target Audience
This course is intended for registered nurses and other local health department workers who are tasked with conducting TB contact investigations.

Conference Goal
The goal of this course is to provide information and education about contact investigation as a TB elimination strategy. It will emphasize the importance of contact investigation as a primary means of TB prevention. Identification of active TB disease by case finding, testing and treatment of contacts, and screening and treating high risk contacts for TB infection will be discussed.

Conference Objectives
At the completion of this course, participants will be able to: describe the current CDC contact investigation guidelines, conduct an effective TB interview, initiate and prioritize contact investigations and contacts within an investigation, list the elements of field worker safety, discuss directly observed therapy and its role in the treatment of TB infection, discuss the proper course for handling an investigation, identify the skills necessary to interview contacts, discuss the management of TB infection patients, discuss strategies for improving the treatment completion rate for non-adherent contacts, describe the steps involved in a TB contact investigation in a special setting, and effectively assess the completeness of a contact investigation.

The format for this conference will include lecture presentation with case scenario analysis and skill building exercises with audience discussion and participation. There will be ample time for questions and answers.

Recommended Lodging
Ramada Limited Inn & Suites
8 Shackleford Rd., Little Rock, Arkansas 72211
Reservations: 501-221-7666
Room Block: ADH TB Program
Comfort Inn & Suites
300 Markham Center Dr., Little Rock, Arkansas 72211
Reservations: 501-227-0120
Room Block: Arkansas Department of Health
There is no charge to attend this workshop but pre-registration is mandatory.

Deadline to register is:
April 27, 2016

Space is limited to 30 participants.

Register on-line at:

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