National TB Conference
As a part of its mission, the NTCA helps to organize the National TB Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. TB controllers, physicians, nurses, laboratorians, epidemiologists, health educators, and CDC staff share their expertise and experience at this conference.
The 2014 National TB Conference planning committee has organized another fantastic meeting and is finalizing an agenda and the meeting details. The title for the 2014 conference is “Sharing the Vision of TB Elimination.” The main conference will be held June 11-13, 2014, at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead Hotel, in Atlanta, Georgia.
As usual, the two NTCA sections — the National TB Nurses Coalition (NTNC) and National Society of TB Clinicians (NSTC) — will conduct educational meetings Tuesday, June 10, before the full conference begins. NTCA’s third section for epidemiologists and, as of now, unnamed, will hold a business meeting on Tuesday, June 10th. There will be additional special post-conference meetings on Friday afternoon, June 13. The breakout sessions during the conference have been chosen to provide opportunities for additional TB-related content and to enhance discussions in a small-group format.
The registration website is under development. Invitations to attend the conference, a preliminary agenda and additional conference-related information will be distributed in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we wanted to make sure that everyone had sufficient time to submit an abstract for poster presentation at the meeting.
Travel Grants to 2014 Annual Meeting and National TB Conference
NSTC is offering a limited number of travel grants to clinicians in training to assist them to attend the 2014 NSTC Annual Meeting and the 2014 National TB Conference in Atlanta June 10-13, 2014. The deadline for applications is April 4, 2014.
Abstracts for Poster Presentations
Poster presentations demonstrate the contributions, discoveries, and innovations of TB control staff working at all levels and across the entire nation. We encourage all TB staff – those who have submitted in the past and those who may have never submitted – to consider using this poster session to showcase the work done in your programs. We strongly encourage every state and big city health department to submit at least one abstract for poster presentation. We encourage you to submit multiple abstracts for poster presentation. You may submit abstracts presented at other conferences/workshops, if they are still relevant.
This year we are making a special request for abstract submissions that align with the overall themes chosen for presentation. Although we will consider abstracts on any TB-related topics, we especially encourage those abstracts pertaining to the following themes:
- Partnerships with external, potentially non-public health organizations
- Use of innovative and e-solution tools for TB control
- Projects using local epidemiologic data to identify groups to target for outreach and educational opportunities
- Diagnosis and treatment of TB infection, especially for high-risk populations
The deadline for receipt of abstracts is Friday, April 4, 2014. Please submit your abstracts to Sherry Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org), following these submission instructions. No faxed or mailed abstracts will be accepted.
Abstracts will be reviewed and accepted on the basis of on-time receipt and quality, as determined by the Abstract Committee. We will notify you about abstract acceptance by Friday, April 18, via e-mail. The judges will review each poster and score them for relevance, clarity, and visual impact. On Friday, June 13, at 8:00 a.m., awards will be presented for distinguished posters.
Thank you in advance for your submissions and for your contributions to the success of the 2014 National TB Conference!