The CDC NPIN Featured Partner resource offers prevention-focused organizations a platform to showcase their services, programs, and materials. Our goal is to highlight the work of CDC's prevention partners and encourage partners to connect with each other to share information and strategies. Organizations are nominated each month by their peers and featured as the highlighted partner for the month.
The National Tuberculosis Controllers Association (NTCA) was founded in 1995 in Atlanta, Georgia, with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE). Constitution and by-laws were written, and an organizational meeting was held where officers and an executive committee were elected. Today, the executive committee consists of representatives from high-, medium-, and low-incidence states. All officers and executive committee members are Tuberculosis (TB) Controllers or Assistant TB Controllers.
NTCA is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization consisting of about 400 members. NTCA has four types of membership. Active Members are official governmental TB Controllers and Assistant TB Controllers. A Nurses Section—the National TB Nurse Coalition (NTNC)—is made up of nurses working in TB control programs in health departments, infection control, and other healthcare settings. A TB Medical Clinicians Section— the National Society of TB Clinicians (NSTC)—includes physicians and nurse practitioners who diagnose and treat TB patients. Associate Members are all other non-TB Controllers working in TB control or who have worked in other TB settings and have an interest in TB prevention and control. Preliminary planning discussions include the addition of a TB laboratory section.
The mission of NTCA is to advance the elimination of TB in the United States and its territories through the collective, concerted action of state, local, and territorial governments who are empowered by their jurisdictions with the responsibility for carrying out programs to prevent and control TB. NTCA works closely with DTBE in mutual consultations, joint committees, and projects. NTCA also has representation on the CDC Advisory Council to Eliminate Tuberculosis.
NTCA's other partners are the American Thoracic Society, Stop TB USA, the American Lung Association, the Association of Public Health Laboratories, the Infectious Disease Society of America, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, Results International, and the National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors.
NTCA also participates in and supports the following annual Regional Tuberculosis Controllers Meetings: Northern Rocky Mountain TB Controllers, California TB Controllers, Upper Midwestern TB Controllers, Southeastern TB Controllers, Northeastern TB Controllers, Southwestern TB Controllers, and Pacific Island TB Controllers.
Membership information and application can be found on the NTCA Web site at www.tbcontrollers.org
The Annual National Tuberculosis Conference is facilitated by a planning committee consisting of staff representative of NTCA, state TB Controllers and staff, and CDC-DTBE employees. The theme of the 2009 conference is “TB Elimination: It Takes a Village.” The conference will be held in Atlanta, June 15–18, 2009.
In addition, NTCA works closely with CDC and other partners to provide support for what has proven to be a very successful awareness activity. On March 21, 2009, the Third Annual Atlanta TB Awareness Walk will be held in Atlanta at Grant Park. In 2008, 900 people registered to walk and approximately 600 persons attended.
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