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Promoting TB Peer Support in CA

By connecting TB patients with We Are TB volunteers, we are supporting We Are TB and their mission to provide TB patients with support through the ongoing challenges and isolation of TB treatment to improve the experience of TB patients through these challenges.

2021 CTCA Conference

Participants who preregistered, participate in the full conference session and complete an evaluation within two weeks of this offering will receive 2.0 CEs in January or February from the Current International TB Center (CITC).

Protecting Health Care Personnel

The California TB Controllers Association (CTCA) supports a review and update to the Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) Standard to minimize TB testing of health care personnel (HCP) without an elevated risk for acquiring TB due to the risk in their facility or in their specific job, encouraging use of the best FDA approved test for TB, i.e. IGRAs for those with a history of BCG, encouraging treatment of latent TB infection (LTBI) when identified to prevent TB disease and transmission, and removing outdated CTCA and CDPH guidelines referenced in the ATD Standard.

TB patient interviews doc

Peer Support Navigator Jackie Cuen interviewed retired TB specialist Dr. Catanzaro in March of 2021 about tuberculosis, testing, treatment and recovery. The interview has been broken down into short clips to make it easier to find each area covered during the 1.5 hour conversation. Most of the clips are 2-3 min long, but the longest one does not exceed 7 min.

Health Equity Commitment

The California TB Controllers Association is committed to creating the opportunity for optimal health for all Californians by working to eliminate barriers to TB diagnosis, treatment and prevention, and prioritizing communities disproportionately impacted by TB, while working to eliminate the threat of TB for all Californians.

NTCA Conference, Virtual and Enduring

The opening session addressed what it will take and what we all can do to reboot ourselves and our TB programs in a post COVID-19 emergency response landscape, beyond the challenges of siphoned staff and the prolonged and persistent draining of energy and focus.

Coalition for a TB-free CA 2.0

(met with) Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – L.A., Asian Pacific Islander Health Forum, Breathe California, Bridging Group, CA Black Health Network, CA Hepatitis Alliance, SF AIDS Foundation, Hepatitis C and Latino Health Programs, SF Hep B Free, Urban Street Angels

World TB Day with AAPCHO

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) co-hosted a World TB Day webinar for TB elimination partners and public health TB program staff entitled The Tuberculosis Epidemic: Impact in California and Strategies to Reach Elimination on April 8th.

CA TB Snapshot, 2020

There are more than 2 million Californians living with latent TB infection (LTBI). LTBI is when the TB bacteria are found in the body but not causing symptoms, illness and cannot be spread to others.

85% of those diagnosed with TB disease in California in 2020 developed TB from LTBI.

Only 20% of those with LTBI are aware that they are living with LTBI.