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Mainely TB:
Working Together to Stop TB

April 14, 2011

CNE Certified ACTIVITY  

In-Person Training

In-person training held at:
Florian Hall
Maine Department of Public Safety
45 Commerce Drive
Augusta, Maine

Co-Provided by
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ); New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute; Division of Infectious Diseases, Maine Department of Health & Human Services; and UMDNJ-Center for Continuing and Outreach Education

This activity is supported by an educational grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination

The New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute is the tuberculosis Regional Training and Medical Consultation Center for the northeastern United States

Course Description and Overall Goal
The purpose of this training is to provide clinicians with information on the diagnosis and case management of TB patients. Topics will include epidemiology, diagnosis, and contact investigations, as well as two breakout sessions providing an update on TB basics and advanced topics for experienced TB practitioners. The format includes lectures, discussions, and case studies.

Who Should Attend
This training is designed for public health nurses, as well as infection control practitioners, correctional health providers, nurses providing primary care, and nursing students.

Why Course Is Needed
As the incidence of tuberculosis continues to decline, maintaining clinical and public health expertise in TB is particularly challenging. Therefore, ongoing training and education are important for healthcare providers so they can develop and enhance skills in the diagnosis of TB, follow recommended treatment guidelines, and interact effectively with public health agencies. This type of training is also important for new clinicians working in TB control or other settings.


Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify special populations in Maine at higher risk for LTBI and TB disease in order to more rapidly recognize, diagnose, and treat patients
  • Implement current TB testing recommendations to ensure timely diagnosis
  • Identify components for planning and performing effective contact investigations
  • Utilize principles of TB transmission and infection so that the spread of TB to the greater community may be prevented
  • Coordinate with local providers and organizations in the management of patients with TB disease in order to ensure timely diagnosis and treatment adherence
  • Apply principles of TB case management services to improve patient adherence and continuity of care
  • Summarize new technical instructions for im­migrants and refugees and use this knowledge to prioritize follow-up and correctly interpret medical histories
  • Incorporate patients’ cultural perspectives and preferences to promote acceptance of treatment and encourage compliance

Course Requirements

In order to meet the learning objectives and receive continuing education credits, participants are required to complete attend the entire training and complete an online evaluation at the end of the course.


  9:00 am          Registration
9:30 am          Introduction and Opening Remarks
  9:40 am         Epidemiology of TB: Local, Regional, Global
10:00 am          Diagnosis of TB: TST, IGRAs, and BCG
10:45 am          Break
10:55 am          Laboratory Techniques for Diagnosing TB
11:20 am          Contact Investigations for TB
12:30 pm          Lunch
  1:20 pm          Attend appropriate breakout session (see below)

Breakout Session #1: Update on TB Basics

   1:20 pm         TB Transmission, Infection Control & Diagnositics
   2:05 pm         Case Management Basics for TB
   3:10 pm         TB Technical Instructions
   3:30 pm         Adjourn

Breakout Session #2: TB for Experienced Practitioners  

  1:20 pm          The Immigration Process and TB Technical Instructions
  2:15 pm          Strategies for Increasing Compliance: Cultural Beliefs Related to TB
  3:00 pm          Large-Scale Contact Investigations: An Interactive Exercise
  3:30 pm          Adjourn

Continuing Education Information

UMDNJ - Center for Continuing and Outreach Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by NJSNA, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider Number P173-11/09-12. Provider Approval is valid through November 30, 2012.

This activity is awarded 5.0 contact hours. (60 minute CH)

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13780.

Nurses should only claim those contact hours actually spent participating in this activity.

Disclosure Policy

Registration Information and Fee

Please register online by April 1, 2011 at:

Registration is required for both in-person and online attendees. This training is free of charge.

Additional course information will be sent via email. Please be sure to include a valid email address when registering.

Hotel and Travel Information

The Department of Public Safety is located at the Central Maine Commerce Center, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta, Maine.

Heading North on Interstate 95: Take Exit 112B (North Augusta, Belgrade exit) and head west for approximately 1.3 miles after leaving the exit ramp. The entrance to the Central Maine Commerce Center will be on your left.

Heading South on Interstate 95: Take Exit 112 (North Augusta, Belgrade exit) and head west for approximately 1.1 miles after leaving the exit ramp. The entrance to the Central Maine Commerce Center will be on your left.

After parking: enter the main entrance located at the right front of the building (by the flagpoles) and look for the Department of Public Safety signs. The Department of Public Safety reception area is located past the first set of double doors on your right after entering the lobby.

Cancellation Information

UMDNJ reserves the right to modify the activity content, faculty and activities, and reserves the right to cancel this activity, if necessary.


Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Julie Crosby
    TB Laboratory Coordinator
  • Ted Hensley, RN, MSN
    Public Health Nurse Consultant
  • Patricia Leeman, RN
    Public Health Nurse
  • Adriene Rister, RN, BSN, MPH
    TB Control Coordinator
  • Amy Robbins, MPH
  • Robert Smith, MD
    HIV/TB Consultant

Massachusetts Refugee and Immigrant Health Program

Jennifer Cochran, MPH

NJMS Global Tuberculosis Institute

Mark Wolman, MA, MPH
Program Manager, TB Control

Central Maine Medical Center

Alice Haines, MD
Physician & Community Preceptor
Reshid Shankol, MD

Planning Committee

NJMS Global Tuberculosis Institute


  • Nisha Ahamed, MPH, CHES
    Program Director, Education and Training
  • Nickolette Patrick, MPH
    Training & Consultation Specialist

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – Division of TB Elimination

  • Mark Lobato, MD
    Medical Officer, New England Region

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Luanne Crinion, RN, MS
    Public Health Nursing Supervisor
  • Ted Hensley, RN, MSN
    Public Health Nurse Consultant
  • Patricia Leeman, RN
    Public Health Nurse
  • Sharon Ramey, RN
    Public Health Nurse
  • Doreen Richmond, RN, BSN
    Public Health Nurse
  • Adriene Rister, RN, BSN, MPH
    TB Control Coordinator

Content Reviewers

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