New England Focus on LTBI

Date: June 27, 2019
Location: Chrysalis Center, 255 Homestead Avenue, Hartford, CT 06132

The purpose of this training is to increase providers’ awareness and knowledge on the current diagnostic and treatment modalities for testing and treatment for TB infection, the role of diagnostic tests in screening, and the importance of testing and treating TB in children.


This conference is primarily designed for clinicians who are involved in the diagnosis, treatment and management of persons with latent TB infection and disease. The content will be applicable for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, fellows, and residents. Public health nurses and others working in TB control are welcome to attend.

As the incidence of TB continues to decline, maintaining clinical expertise is particularly challenging especially as the cases are more complex to diagnosis and manage. Ongoing training and education are important for clinicians so they can develop and enhance skills in the diagnosis of TB, follow recommended treatment guidelines, and interact effectively with public health agencies.

Upon completion of this conference, participants should be better able to:

  • Explain the rationale for expanded testing and treatment of TB infection to sustain progress toward TB elimination in the US.
  • Apply updated recommendations for testing and treating TB infection in pediatric patients to prevent development of disease.
  • Implement current recommendations for assessing risk, testing, and effective management of tuberculosis infection with the goal of increasing treatment initiation and completion of therapy.

In order to meet the learning objectives and receive continuing education credits, participants are required to attend the entire meeting, and complete an evaluation. A credit letter will be mailed to participants within 2 months of the meeting. Participants will also be asked to complete a follow-up evaluation within this time frame.

CONTINUING EDUCATION INFORMATION support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and the New England TB Consortium. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
CME: Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
CNE: This activity is awarded 5.25 contact hours (60 minute CH). Nurses should only claim those contact hours actually spent participating in the activity.

All individuals who affect content of continuing education activities are required to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the activity. The activity faculty are further required to disclose discussion of off-label/investigational uses in their presentations. These disclosures will be made to the audience at the time of the activity.

There is a $30 fee for this conference, breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Conference Registration Page

Registration deadline is June 14, 2019. However, if you register and are unable to attend, please inform us as soon as possible so that others may be accommodated. We reserve the right to close registration early or cancel late registrants due to limits on seating capacity.

The conference will be held at:
Training & Conference Center at the Chrysalis Center
255 Homestead Avenue
Hartford, CT 06132

Directions can be found at:

We reserve the right to modify the activity content, faculty and activities, and to cancel this activity, if necessary. If you are unable to attend, please inform us as soon as possible so that others may be accommodated.

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.

If you require an accommodation because of a disability, or if you have any additional needs or other questions, please contact Amy Lewis at


John Bernardo, MD
Professor of Medicine & Research Professor of Biochemistry
Boston University School of Medicine

Lloyd Friedman, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Yale University Medical School

Thomas Murray, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Yale School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Shabana Naz, MD
Greater New Bedford CHC

Daria Szkwarko, DO, MPH
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Brown University

Lynn Sosa, MD
TB/STD Control Programs Coordinator & Deputy State Epidemiologist
Connecticut Department of Public Health


Jessica Alward, BS/Ed-SpEd
Education and Training Coordinator
New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services

Jennifer Cochran, MPH
Division of Global Populations and Infectious Disease Prevention
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Pat Iyer, MSN, RN, BC
Director of Patient Management, TB Program
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Anita Khilall, MPH - Activity Director
Program Director, Education & Training
Global Tuberculosis Institute

Jill Lamantia, RN
Community Health Nurse Coordinator-TB Program
Rhode Island Health Department

Amy Lewis, MPH, MCHES®
Health Educator
Global Tuberculosis Institute

Lorlette Moir, MPH
Infectious Disease Prevention Services

Infectious Disease Prevention, Investigation & Care Services Section

Darlene Morse, RN, MSN
Nurse Consultant
New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services

Laura Ann Nicolai, MPH
Epidemiology Program Chief, Division of Health Surveillance
Vermont Department
of Health

Danielle Orcutt, MPH, RN, CHES®
State of Connecticut
Department of Public Health
Tuberculosis Control Program

Natasha Rybak, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Disease
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Lynn Sosa, MD
TB/STD Control Programs Coordinator & Deputy State Epidemiologist
Connecticut Department of Public Health