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.
STOP TB USA was founded in 1992 as the National Coalition for the Elimination of Tuberculosis (NCET). At that time, tuberculosis (TB) cases were increasing in the United States, and a few areas were experiencing worrisome outbreaks of multidrug-resistant TB. The coalition was organized to help address these domestic TB control challenges. There were 83 founding members representing 58 different organizations from public health, health care, and professional medical organizations and Congressional health committees, all united by their concern about TB.
The individuals who formed the coalition did so with several intended goals: to educate policy makers and the general public on the status of the TB epidemic and on the need for community public health activities against TB; to increase and encourage community participation in TB control efforts, particularly among “at risk” populations; to bring together public and private partners with the shared objective of eliminating TB in the United States; and to stand with our colleagues, here and around the world, in efforts to eliminate TB.
One of the coalition's main accomplishments has been the creation of public-private partnerships. This has led to the growth of new partnerships and the development of new leadership within the TB control community. The coalition benefited from the creative energy born of like minds meeting for the first time.
Early on, coalition members took an active and productive role in educating members of Congress regarding the threat of TB here and abroad. Specifically, the group advocated the need for legislation for domestic TB elimination and global TB control activities. Coalition members developed the Federal Funding Gap report, which highlighted funding issues in support of annual domestic appropriations for TB control, and provided Congressional testimony annually. In addition, the group developed advocacy training, including two workshops and a training guide, TB Elimination: An Advocate's Guide.
These successful efforts helped lead to the revitalization of the U.S. TB control infrastructure. With increased funding, CDC was able to direct funds and technical assistance to high-incidence regions and populations. As a result, U.S. TB cases began declining and have continued to do so to this day.
In 2007, at a retreat held in Atlanta, coalition members voted unanimously to change the group's name to Stop TB USA. This was done to help align the coalition with its "Stop TB" partners in other countries and to give focus and clarity to the mission of the organization. Its initial task was to develop an updated TB elimination plan.
On March 24, 2009, World TB Day, members of Stop TB USA will provide an overview of the much-awaited updated TB elimination plan. This plan, which will be released later this year, is the culmination of much work and collaboration of Stop TB USA and other partners, and is expected to be a key summary of needed efforts to address the current and future challenges of TB elimination in the United States.
Stop TB USA Resources
Prevention Partners can connect to multiple TB prevention materials and resources via the Stop TB USA web site, to assist in their prevention efforts, including "TB Wires", a newsletter, and "TB in the News", a TB related news announcement. An additional resource is the soon to be released new TB Elimination plan. Prevention Partners may request "TB Elimination: An Advocate's Guide" in electronic format from Stop TB USA Executive Director via E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDC TB Resources
In addition the CDC TB Elimination resources Web page offers multiple training and informational documents such as Self-Study Modules on TB and Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports.
CDC NPIN Resources
The CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) offers TB Prevention Partners a virtual venue for sharing of TB Education and Training Materials on the Web site, Find TB Resources. Web site visitors may submit TB materials for inclusion in the database, search for funding opportunities, and pursue links to multiple TB focused organizations.
Contact the NPIN Outreach Team for more information on Featured Partner nominations—email@example.com
Visit the Featured Partner Archive to learn about other Featured Partners.