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TB Contact Investigation 101

Little Rock, AR
September 6-7, 2017

Freeway Medical Tower
5800 10th St.
Room 801

Sponsored by:
Heartland National TB Center
Arkansas Department of Health


Stepheni A. Appleby, RN
Arkansas Department of Health
D. Jan Dougan, RN
Arkansas Department of Health
Tabitha Gibbs, RN
Arkansas Department of Health
Marsha Majors, RN, BSN
Arkansas Department of Health
Leonard Mukasa, PhD
Arkansas Department of Health
Jessica Quintero, M.Ed.
Heartland National TB Center
Delphina Sánchez, MA
Heartland National TB Center

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.

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.

This activity provides 11.5 contact hours.

 For more information, please contact:

Delphina Sanchez


Wednesday, September 6, 2017
8:008:15 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
10:0010:15 AM Break
10:15-11:00 AM Initiating and Prioritizing Contact Investigations: Skill Building Exercise
11:00-12:00 PM Assigning Priorities to Contacts
12:001:00 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 Settngs
3:153:30 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

Thursday, September 7, 2017
9:159:30 AM SignIn
9:30-10:30 AM Essential Interviewing Skills for TB Contact Investigation
10:3010:45 AM Break
10:45-12:00 PM Essential Interviewing Skills for TB Contact Investigation: Skill Building Exercise
12:001:00 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
2:453:00 PM Break
3:00-3:30 PM TB Contact Investigation Jeopardy
3:303:45 PM Q &A, Evaluation, and Adjourn

*Times and 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 settng, 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
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:
August 25, 2017

Space is limited to 30 participants.

Register on-line at:

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