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Screening for TB Infection

Harlingen, TX
September 20, 2017

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
2102 Treasure Hills, Boulevard
Harlingen, TX 78550

Sponsored by:
Heartland National TB Center

with the support of:

Texas Health and Human Services
Texas Department of State Health Services
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Lisa Y. Armitige, MD, PhD
Heartland National TB Center

Linda Dooley, MD

Austin Travis County Health Department

Matthew Whitson, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC

Texas Department of State Health Services

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 Commissionon Accreditation.

CME: The University of Texas Health Science Center atTyler is accredited by the Texas Medical Association tosponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

Pending Approval

For more information, please contact:

Jessica Quintero


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

9:30-9:45 AM


9:45-10:00 AM


10:00-11:00 AM

Who is at Risk of TB?

11:00-12:00 PM

TB Infection Diagnosis Recommendations

12:00-1:00 PM


1:00-2:00 PM

Ethical Access to Care Along the US/MX Border: Implementing recommendations

2:00-3:00 PM

Who Should be Treated and How Should We Treat Them?

3:00-3:30 PM

Partnering with Public Health

3:30 PM



Times/topics subject to change

Target Audience
This conference is designed for community providers who will be screening and treating patients for tuberculosis infection in the community.

Conference Goal
The goal of this training is to build capacity with community providers by providing guidelines for screening and treating persons for TB infection.

Conference Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to describe current epidemiology of TB, list groups of people who are more likely to be exposed to or infected with M. tuberculosis, list risk factors for progression to TB disease if infected with M. tuberculosis, describe tools used in testing for TB infection, USPSTF recommendations, identify gaps in access to care that impact TB prevention, discuss social and legal impediments to care, discuss the role stigma plays in accessing health care, list considerations in determining treatment candidates, identify and implement treatment regimens used to treat TB infection, discuss opportunities and benefits to collaborating with the health department.

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


Recommended Lodging

Hampton Inn & Suites Harlingen
1202 North Ed Carey Drive,
Harlingen, TX 78550


Best Western Case Vila Suites
4317 S Expressway 83
Harlingen, TX 78550

State rates are not guaranteed and are subject to availability.

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

Deadline to register is:
September 14, 2017

Space is limited to 100 participants.

Register on-line at:

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