News from SETC - Society for Epidemiology in TB Control

Dear SETC membership,

We hope that you have enjoyed the last days of summer! We have a lot of news to share, both looking back to the NTCA conference in June and looking forward to the fall.
Our website is up and running! Please check the SETC section on periodically for important updates for our membership! In the meantime, see below for some SETC updates.
Summary of the 2015 SETC Annual Meeting

The SETC 2015 Annual Meeting on June 8, 2015 in Atlanta provided reports on SETC activities and a thought-provoking series of presentations from New York City, California, Tennessee, and the CDC on TB prevention and control activities as well as TB infection reporting. In addition, an SETC workgroup was formed to address challenges of using genotyping and investigating outbreaks.  We continue to consider how TB epidemiologists can contribute, with our clinician, nurse and programmatic partners, to the ongoing national dialog about TB control, prevention and elimination strategies and goals. Please share your thoughts with us.  For more information on the presentations and discussions, see the detailed meeting report on our website.
Announcing the 2015 Travel Grant Winners

The purpose of the SETC travel grants is to provide financial support for epidemiologists in training or TB control staff using epidemiologic skills (data collection, analysis, interpretation or communication and disease investigations) who are interested in TB who otherwise would not be able to attend the SETC Annual Meeting. 
Congratulations to the following individuals who were awarded SETC travel grants to attend the 2015 SETC meeting and the National TB Conference:
  • Laurel Bristow, San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • Maura Comer, Florida Department of Health
  • Nicole Henry, Texas Department of State Health Services Health Service Region 8
  • Sonalli Kurlekar, Wichita, Kansas
  • Wen Lin, Santa Clara County Public Health Department
  • Kelly Richardson, Indiana State Department of Health
SETC Outbreak Detection and Response Workgroup Created

At the 2015 business meeting, SETC members proposed the creation of an SETC workgroup on outbreak detection and response. Jeanne Sullivan Meissner from New York City and Tambi Shaw from California agreed co-chair this new workgroup. Workgroup objectives, guiding principles and work processes are currently being drafted.

For more information, contact Jeanne Sullivan Meissner at or Tambi Shaw at
SAVE THE DATE! New York City TB Genotyping Update

Please save the date for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Annual Tuberculosis Genotyping Update, co-sponsored by the NTCA Society for Epidemiology in Tuberculosis Control: Friday, October 23rd, 2015 in Long Island City (Queens), New York. 
Topics will include false positive investigation, drug susceptibility testing and mutation analysis, genotype cluster detection and investigation, TB outbreak detection and response, whole genome sequencing, and genotyping-related research. A formal invitation with further details and a meeting agenda will follow shortly. We’ll also be setting up a webinar version of the conference for those who cannot attend in person. In the meantime, please contact Jeanne Sullivan Meissner at 347-396-7513 or if you have any questions or need any additional information. We are particularly interested in hearing about novel uses of genotyping in your jurisdiction!
We’re looking forward to seeing you in October. Please pass this e-mail along to any other colleagues who might be interested in attending. Thank you!
Join the Tele-DOT Survey Workgroup
The NTCA Survey Committee received a request from the Center for Connected Health Policy to conduct a survey on TB programs’ use of technology to deliver directly observed therapy (DOT). The Survey Committee has decided to move forward with the survey and put together the Tele-DOT Survey Workgroup to develop the survey instrument in an interagency effort, involving the Center for Connected Health Policy, NTCA, CDC and other agencies. For more information or to join the Tele-DOT Survey Workgroup, contact Michelle Macaraig at
Abstract Reviewers and Poster Judges Needed

Planning for the February 2016 National TB Conference-NAR-Union Meeting is underway. If you are interested in helping to review abstracts or judge posters, please send an email to Shama at
CSTE Report: Applied Epidemiology Scientific Writing Trends, Needs, and Recommendations, 2014

CSTE is pleased to announce the release of the Applied Epidemiology Scientific Writing Trends, Needs, and Recommendations, 2014 report.  As part of the Epidemiology Methods subcommittee, the CSTE Scientific Writing Workgroup led the efforts to better understand the scientific writing capacity of applied epidemiologists.  The report offers insight into scientific writing capacity at both state and local health departments and offers recommendations to promote professional development focused on scientific writing skills.
Spread the Word About Joining SETC

Know anyone who might be interested in joining SETC? Feel free to forward the link to complete our member profile!
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact
Shama (President), Lisa (President-elect) or Jason (Secretary)!
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