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The New Mexico Department of Health (NM DOH) Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention Program’s purpose is to prevent and control the spread of TB by ensuring that person’s with TB disease receive adequate care, directly observed therapy, and a contact investigation if infectious. Other important program activities include case management of persons with TB disease , interstate/international referrals, surveillance, training for healthcare workers and other stakeholders, and screening to identify and treat latent TB infection (LTBI).
Photo (right): Sarah Yazzie, Diana Fortune, Deborah Isaacks receive CDC ETN Project Excellence Award 2012.
The NM DOH TB program collaborated with the Navajo Nation TB Program and Indian Health Service (IHS) to develop a multimedia campaign to provide TB education throughout the Navajo Nation. The campaign made use of many different media formats to deliver the information to the general public. Culturally appropriate posters were developed for display around the Navajo Nation specifically within the chapter houses, a centralized meeting venue on the Navajo Nation. Three billboards were displayed for over a year around well-travelled areas (e.g., Navajo casinos). Movie theatre ads ran for a year at two theatre locations in Gallup, NM and reached an estimated 500,000 people per year. In addition, the Four Directions studio in Shiprock, NM developed a 19-minute documentary titled "Tuberculosis on the Navajo Nation". The documentary will be aired at IHS facilities throughout the Navajo Nation.
The need for this educational campaign was identified in a study conducted by the NM DOH TB Program. The study results indicated both a delay in patients seeking treatment and a delay in clinician diagnosis were significant factors in the high TB mortality rate in New Mexico. In addition to the general public media campaign, the TB program also maintains a high level of educational activities for clinicians throughout New Mexico including the Navajo Nation.
Posters from the program are available online:
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