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    TB and Hansen's Disease Branch

    MC 1939
    P.O. Box 149347
    Austin, TX 78756-9347

    Phone: 512-533-3000
    Fax: 512-533-3167


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TB and Hansen’s Disease Branch Calendar 2018


January

TB New Staff Orientation, Austin, Texas

17-18th: To provide an overview of the Texas tuberculosis (TB) prevention and control program to new and existing staff providing TB services in Texas.

February

Third Thursday Brown Bag Webinar

15th: TB GIMS

This webinar will introduce Texas stakeholders to the Tuberculosis Genotyping Information Management System (TB GIMS), and includes a general overview of the TB GIMS database, how to gain access, a brief user orientation, and its application in TB control.

The TB GIMS webinar is for any staff working in TB, including but not limited to: nurses, physicians, case registrars, contact investigators, managers, program specialists, and epidemiologists.

March

World TB Day-statewide activities

24th: Event description

April

TB New Staff Orientation, Austin, Texas

4-5th: To provide an overview of the Texas tuberculosis (TB) prevention and control program to new and existing staff providing TB services in Texas. 

Third Thursday Brown Bag Webinar

19th: Outpatient Case Management of Drug Resistant TB 

Drug resistant tuberculosis requires close monitoring and care. After initial stabilization as an in-patient, TB patients can be transitioned to outpatient care when a strong case management plan is in place. Do you know what it takes to ensure your drug resistant patient has all they need to successfully complete treatment as an outpatient? Is your program equipped to handle the needs of the drug resistant patient? Tune in to learn from a case study about nursing focused case management of DR-TB in the field.

This webinar is for any staff working in TB, including but not limited to: nurses, physicians, case registrars, contact investigators, managers, program specialists, and epidemiologists.

May


June

Live Webcast

20th: Mask Fit Testing, San Antonio, TX. 


Third Thursday Brown Bag Webinar

21st: Tuberculosis Targeted Testing

This Brown Bag provides basic concepts and best practices for TB targeted testing. Raiza Ruiz, DSHS Congregate Settings Coordinator, and her team present the past, present, and future of targeted testing in Texas. Tommy Camden, Program Manager for San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, presents the Texas 1115 Medicaid Waiver TB Project – TB Infection Targeted Testing.

This webinar is for staff working in tuberculosis (TB), including but not limited to nurses, physicians, case registrars, contact investigators, managers, program specialists, and epidemiologists.


July

Monthly TB Conference Call 

10th: Telephone conference calls with local and regional DSHS TB programs.

TB New Staff Orientation

11-12th: To provide an overview of the Texas tuberculosis (TB) prevention and control program to new and existing staff providing TB services in Texas.   

TST Practicums

12th:  TST Practicum: Train the Trainer, Dallas, TX

19th: TST Practicum: Train the Trainer, San Antonio, TX

25th: TST Practicum: Train the Trainer, Midland, TX

TB Infection Training

13th: Screening & Treating TB Infection, Dallas, TX

20th: Screening & Treating TB Infection, San Antonio, TX

26th: Screening & Treating TB Infection, Midland, TX

August

TST Practicums

2nd: TST Practicum: Train the Trainer, Harlingen, TX

TB Infection Training

3rd: Screening & Treating TB Infection, Harlingen, TX

Monthly TB Conference Call

8th: Telephone conference calls with local and regional DSHS TB programs.

Third Thursday Brown Bag Webinar

16th: TB Contact Investigation Tools and Case Studies

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) TB and Hansen’s Disease Branch has available staff and various tools to assist in managing TB contact investigations. The general process of contact investigations will be presented, along with descriptions of available resources to public health professionals. The goal is to help secure complete and successful contact investigations – a critical component of any TB program. We will be joined by staff from the City of Houston and DSHS Public Health Region 11 to discuss their management of recent contact investigations in their jurisdictions. These case studies will illustrate the critical and complex field work required for successful contact investigations, and how TB staff partner with their communities and local healthcare providers to serve public health.

This webinar is for any staff working in TB, including but not limited to: nurses, physicians, case registrars, contact investigators, managers, program specialists, and epidemiologists.


September

TB Monthly Conference Call

12th: Telephone conference calls with local and regional DSHS TB programs.

5th Annual Corrections Planning Committee (CPC) Meeting

25-26: 5th Annual Corrections Planning Committee (CPC) Meeting, Austin, TX


October

TB New Staff Orientation

3-4th:  To provide an overview of the Texas tuberculosis (TB) prevention and control program to new and existing staff providing TB services in Texas.

TB Monthly Conference Call

10th: Telephone conference calls with local and regional DSHS TB programs.


Third Thursday Brown Bag Webinar

18th: Annual Tuberculosis Screening Report for Jail Administrators 2017

This Third Thursday’s Brown Bag will provide a general review of the Annual Tuberculosis Screening Report for Jail Administrators 2017

Register Here.


November

TB Monthly TB Conference Call

14th: Telephone conference calls with local and regional DSHS TB programs.

December

TB Monthly TB Conference Call

12th: Telephone conference calls with local and regional DSHS TB programs.

Third Thursday Brown Bag Webinar


20th: TB and Hansen’s Disease Third Thursday’s Brown Bag

Topic TBD


TB New Staff Orientation, Austin, Texas

To provide an overview of the Texas tuberculosis (TB) prevention and control program to new and existing staff providing TB services in Texas. 
Located in Austin, Texas
Staff working in tuberculosis may attend after 3 months in their employment

TB and Hansen’s Disease Third Thursday’s Brown Bag

These bi-monthly brown bag sessions give stakeholders an opportunity to discuss and learn about programmatic issues in the world of TB. The format is GoTo Webinar. Future topics will cover many programmatic areas from clinical care and case management issues to targeted testing and jail reports. Email the Branch with topic requests.

Monthly TB Conference Call

These monthly conference calls are for the DSHS Central Office staff: TB Program, TB Surveillance, Laboratory, Pharmacy, and Contract Management representatives to provide updates and share information with contracted and supported local and regional health department TB Program staff.

Annual Corrections Planning Committee (CPC) Meeting

The CPC meeting purpose is to engage public health and corrections experts in addressing challenges and developing strategies for tuberculosis (TB) prevention and control in Texas correctional and detention facilities.
Screening for Tuberculosis Infection (4 trainings)
Class format: Live event in lecture format (agenda provided), 6 hours
Partners: Heartland, DSHS and hosting health department
CNE, CME, & CEU’s will be offered for this course
This conference is designed for community providers who will be screening and treating patients for tuberculosis infection in the community.

TST Practicum (4 trainings)

Class format: Live event in lecture format, 6 hours
Partners: Heartland, DSHS and hosting health department
Continuing Education Credits will be offered - 2.9 contact hours
The goal of this training is to enhance the expertise of the local TB health care trainer. Participants effective adult learning techniques to teach other health care professionals how to use a TB skin test.

Mask Fit Testing

Class format: Live webcast

Partners: Heartland, DSHS and 3M
Continuing Education Credits will NOT be offered for this course.
This course is intended for the public health staff responsible for their programs respiratory protection program. The goal of this course is to identify the components of a respiratory protection program and describe how to conduct a proper mask fit and seal test.

Last updated October 5, 2018