Welcome to CTCA - Letter from the Current President of the Association
Dear Tuberculosis Controllers and Program Managers:
When faced with change and uncertainty, we instinctively seek comfort in permanence (“we’ve always done it this way”), singularity (“it’s all about me”), and independence (“I can solve this on my own”). However, we are affected by the causes and conditions around us. In a word, we are “interdependent.”
Healthcare reform/access, drug availability, and new molecular diagnostics and treatment regimens impact how the tuberculosis control community practices. To respond to these challenges and opportunities, the California Tuberculosis Controllers Association (CTCA) must reach within and outside the organization. Through legislative initiatives and advocacy, CTCA must engage with statewide and national partners, including California Department of Public Health’s Tuberculosis Control Branch, Curry International Tuberculosis Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis, National Tuberculosis Controllers Association, and the Treatment Action Group. But we must also not forget our private partners, medical societies and grassroots organizations.
I encourage each of you to step a little (or a lot) out of your comfort zone and become more involved in CTCA or the Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Forum (NAHPF) through meeting participation, conference planning, guidelines review/revision, website enhancement, shepherding legislative initiatives or advocacy. You need not be a “seasoned pro,” just the courage and desire to make an impact. Do not be afraid to let your voice be heard. I encourage you to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Judith (email@example.com) with your willingness to volunteer or with any issues impacting your tuberculosis control program as soon as identified.
Tuberculosis control is a shared responsibility, dependent on the cooperation and collaboration of local, state and federal stakeholders. As CTCA president, I look forward to the upcoming year working with you to fulfill CTCA’s mission to eliminate the threat of tuberculosis from California through leadership and the development of excellence in tuberculosis prevention and treatment.
Mike Carson, MS
While the California Tuberculosis Controllers Association is unified in the mission of eliminating TB, we cannot offer advice about individual cases and have no authority over local Public Health Departments. All case related inquiries should be made to local TB Control Programs.
CTCA Bylaws (.doc) Revised 2012
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Authorizing Legislation HSC 100925-100930