EVENTS, MEETINGS, & CONFERENCES
2023 TB Elimination Alliance Virtual Summit: Building Healthy Communities Free of TB
Registration is now open for the TB Elimination Alliance (TEA) virtual summit on November 8-9, 2023. This year's summit will focus on the theme "Building Healthy Communities Free of TB," showcasing TEA’s Mini-Grant Program. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Recording: The ABC for a TB Activist: 1/4/6×24 Campaign and Supportive Diagnostics:
APHA Annual Meeting and Expo Registration: APHA 2023 is the premier public health event of the year. Learn from leading experts, build leadership skills and knowledge and connect with peers from around the globe, all with the choice and flexibility to select the best format for you.
TB IN THE NEWS
Read lots more TB news on our website page ‘From TB Wire’!
HIGHLIGHTED TB REPORTS/UPDATES
Read more reports and updates on our website page ‘From TB Wire’!
November is a time to take stock of what we are grateful for. We are very thankful for you our members, for the new data from the WHO, for the NYTimes recent attention on TB, for our new Moosend software allowing us to send you this newsletter, for our new Stop TB USA Facebook page, and our new youth leaders who have joined our Media Work Group. All these things will help us #EndTB, and if you want to get more active (join a work group, perhaps?), drop us a note at email@example.com.
The House has a new Speaker, so business can now proceed, but we need you to weigh in; keep asking your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the End TB Now Act, H.1776/S.288!! First the good news: the End TB Now Act has passed through both the House and the Senate Committees! Here’s a helpful fact sheet and a press release about the End TB Now Act.
Please continue to ask your Representatives and Senators to co-sponsor this important bi-partisan bill! Special thanks to Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA), Rep. María Elvira Salazar (R-FL), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) for being the lead sponsors. Call and write your members of Congress to ask they co-sponsor the End TB Now Act today, or thank them if they are signed on (Reps here, and Senators here).
Call the Capitol Switchboard at 1-202-224-3121 and ask for your senator/representative or give your state if you do not know their name. When you are connected to an office, ask for the Health Legislative Assistant. If you leave a voicemail message, include your name, phone number, and email so that they can respond.
Sample message: I am a constituent from [your town] and I am calling to urge Sen./Rep.____ to co-sponsor the End Tuberculosis Now Act of 2023. Additionally, the End TB Now Act has passed through the committees, and I am looking to your leadership to bring it to the floor. Would you please ask [Senator Schumer (if your Senator is Democrat)/Senator McConnell (if your Senator is Republican) or if a Representative - Representative Jeffries (if a Democrat)/McCarthy (if a Republican)] to bring this bill to the [House/Senate] floor?
The bill outlines a plan and critical actions to align tuberculosis efforts in the U.S. with international efforts. TB, an airborne infectious disease, is once again the leading global infectious disease killer. TB cases and deaths are rising across the globe. [Add a sentence about why you care about TB elimination.] The End TB Now Act will amplify our ability to end TB as a public health threat. I urge Sen./Rep. ____ to cosponsor this very important bill. Thank you for your consideration!
Stay tuned for the introduction of the domestic companion bill, The Comprehensive TB Elimination Act. We’ll need to get lots of cosponsors for that one too…
Discover many more peer-reviewed articles on our website page ‘Peer-Reviewed Publications’ !
Uniting for Ukraine: Tuberculosis Information and Resources:
CDC has released new tuberculosis (TB) resources to increase awareness about the TB screening and attestation requirements of the Uniting for Ukraine program. Resources are available in Ukrainian, Russian, and English. Learn more: www.cdc.gov/unitingforukraine.
Find more TB resources on our website page ‘TB Resources’!
Four Corners TB/HIV and Southeastern TB Controllers Conferences:
CDC participated in the Four Corners TB-HIV Conference and the Southeastern TB Conference from October 23-25, 2023. The conferences covered a variety of topics relevant to the different regions. Attendees connected with colleagues to discuss ongoing TB activities. CDC distributed TB educational resources for both patient and provider which are available for order from CDC-Info On Demand (see ordering instructions).
Launch of a new journal – IJTLD Open
“Funding agencies (including WHO and Gates Foundation) have recently mandated that authors must publish exclusively in fully-OA journals.
Our response to this change is to maintain the IJTLD for authors in LMICs who lack OA funding, while also launching a new title, IJTLD Open. This allows us to have a fully compliant OA journal that will enhance our coverage of TB and lung disease.
We are now inviting submissions for IJTLD Open – see here.” – The Union