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TB Prevention and Control Program to Have Seminar

Press Release Date:  Monday, July 17, 2006  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Crace, (502) 564-6786  

DPH Reaches Out to Stakeholders Across the State for TB Education

The Kentucky Tuberculosis Control Program, a part of the Department for Public Health, is planning its 11th Annual Kentucky Tuberculosis Management Seminar, focusing on TB surveillance and management as well as concerns regarding prevention and control.

The seminar will be Sept. 20-22 at the Galt House in Louisville. All health care providers, nursing home and long-term care facility administrators, jailers and others with an interest in prevention and management of this communicable disease are encouraged to attend.

Registration is required for the seminar at a cost of $25, and continuing education contact hours will be offered. Registration is available via the TRAIN network at

“This is a great mechanism to keep stakeholders updated on tuberculosis news and developments,” said Melissa D. Hopkins, social work consultant/health planner for TB Prevention and Control. “The annual seminar gives us a chance to let more health care providers know the status of the disease in the state and across the nation. The seminar also provides an opportunity to update clinicians on current best practices for identification and treatment of tuberculosis, as well as other pertinent topics like combating racial health disparities and understanding immigration policies as they pertain to public health.”

David Ashkin, M.D., director of the A.G. Holley Tuberculosis Hospital in Florida, will be the keynote speaker at the seminar. A.G. Holley is the last of the original American sanatoriums that continues to be dedicated to tuberculosis.

Speakers from DPH include Kentucky TB Control Program Manager Linda Jackson, Communicable Disease Branch Manager Robert Brawley, M.D.; and Division Director of Epidemiology and Health Planning Kraig Humbaugh, M.D. Several health care providers and public health officials will also address conference attendees on a variety of topics.

The TB program is authorized by statute to coordinate TB control activities in the state. These activities are designed to render and maintain as non-infectious all individuals who have TB disease; to ensure non-infected people do not become infected; and to ensure individuals who are infected but who do not have TB disease remain non-infectious.

The event is not limited to Kentucky health care providers. Interested health care providers and others located outside Kentucky are welcome to attend the seminar, one of only two held annually in states that are a part of the Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center.



Last Updated 7/17/2006