CITC Newsletter Spring 2018

An electronic newsletter from the Curry International Tuberculosis Center (CITC)


World TB Day 2018 highlights

CITC and its partners observed World TB Day (March 24, 2018) in memorable ways, ranging from scientific symposia to game shows, from Albuquerque to Taipei.

World TB Day 2018 Banner

UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley: World TB Day 2018 Scientific Symposium

On March 23, researchers from University of California campuses in San Francisco and Berkeley co-hosted a scientific symposium to highlight critical research being conducted to end TB. Symposium organizers teamed up with University College, London and the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene to live stream the last session of the London World TB Day symposium. When the London event concluded, the UC program began its live transmission.

Ann Raftery at World TB Day Symposium

Topics included: Clinical trials of new drug regimens; implementation research; epidemiological evaluations; studies of new TB screening tools, and the use of big data to optimize treatment. Among the roster of distinguished symposium speakers were several CITC-affiliated faculty: Drs. Phil Hopewell, Payam Nahid, Elizabeth Fair, and Adithya Cattamanchi. CITC Associate Medical Director Ann Raftery presented “A Novel Job Aid for TB Nursing Care: Addressing Side Effects to MDR-TB Treatment.”

View the Research Leaders for a TB-Free World Symposium

New Mexico

New Mexico Public Nurses at World TB Day 2018

New Mexico TB Controller Diana Fortune, RN, reports a busy slate of World TB Day activities in her state, including a press conference, a two-day training for public health nurses, and a video conference grand rounds presented by Dr. Marcos Burgos. The TB Program also released a short video featuring a survivor’s compelling account of treatment for TB infection.

Washington State

World TB Day 2018 Washington State

The Washington State TB Program celebrated World TB Day with social media activities, a special TB-ECHO session on TB Epidemiology and a Patient's Perspective, and a spirited game of “TB Jeopardy”. Pictured (right) are Jeopardy players [l to r]: Monica Pecha (TB Controller/Program Manager), Sherry Carlson (TB Elimination Coordinator), Heidi Iyall (Communications Outreach Consultant), and Lana “Alex Trebek” Tyer (TB Nurse Consultant).


California and San Francisco

On March 22, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) observed World TB Day 2018 by honoring North East Medical Services (NEMS) in San Francisco. Since its founding nearly 50 years ago, NEMS has grown into one of the nation’s largest community health centers serving Asian patients.

World TB Day 2018 San Francisco

On behalf of the organization, NEMS Medical Director Jerry Jew, MD, MBA, accepted a certificate of commendation from Dr. Jennifer Flood, Chief of the TB Control Branch at CDPH. SFDPH honored NEMS as a “Public Health Hero” with a certificate presented to Dr. Jew by Dr. Chris Keh, Director of TB Prevention and Control for SFDPH. On March 27, the San Francisco City Hall was lit in red to observe the yearly global initiative “Light Up the World for TB.”

World TB Day 2018 San Francisco City Hall in red lights


CITC’s Lisa Chen celebrates World TB Day in Taiwan


World Tb Day 2018 Taiwan

CITC Principal Investigator and Medical Director Lisa Chen, MD, visited Taipei at the invitation of the Taiwan Society of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Taiwan CDC, and R.O.C. Taiwan/Taiwan Society of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Chen presented a lecture on “Education and Training for TB Staff” and joined Taiwan’s Minister of Health and supportive members of the legislature in the lighting of “End TB” on the Taiwanese CDC building.

Pictured (right) under the "End TB" lights: [l to r]: Dr. Anita Pei-Chun Chan, Taiwan Center for Disease Control; Professor Seiya Kato, Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association; Dr. Yi-Wen Huang, Taiwan Society of TB and Lung Disease, and Dr. Lisa Chen.


CDC names Ann Loeffler and Jerry Jew as TB Elimination Champions

As a part of its World TB Day activities, the CDC’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) announced the 2018 CDC U.S. TB Elimination Champions. Among the ten individuals and organizations recognized this year as “TB Leaders” were two luminaries from CITC’s Western Region: Ann Loeffler, MD, and Jerry Jew, MD, MBA.

Ann Loeffler MD

Dr. Ann Loeffler is a national pediatric TB expert based in Portland, Oregon. She works in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Inpatient Medicine at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. A Clinical Assistant Professor at Oregon Health & Sciences University, Dr. Loeffler joined the CITC training faculty in 1997, and serves as the Center’s Warmline Pediatric TB Medical Consultant. Her colleagues in Oregon praise her expert patient care; clear, compassionate, and thoughtful clinical guidance to health care providers, the public health system and other community partners; her family-centered approach to care; and her strong patient advocacy for children who often have few resources. Dr. Loeffler is a gifted teacher, and is widely appreciated as an amazing resource on the diagnosis and treatment of latent TB infection and TB disease.

Jerry Jew, MD, MPH

Dr. Jerry Jew is Medical Director for the North East Medical Services (NEMS) community clinics, which annually serve over 65,000 Asian-Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Asian and Pacific Islander patients comprised 79% of all TB cases in San Francisco in 2017. Under Dr. Jew’s leadership, NEMS has doubled the treatment rate among its patients with LTBI in the past 5 years. With dual degrees in medicine and business, Dr. Jew has the clinical expertise and the business acumen to conduct TB prevention efforts humanely and efficiently. He oversaw the implementation of a TB risk assessment in NEMS and developed innovative solutions to streamline TB testing and treatment. Dr. Jew shared his time and expertise with the California TB Elimination Advisory Committee (CTEAC) to help build a statewide plan for TB elimination.

Read about all ten 2018 CDC U.S. TB Elimination Champions.


Volunteers to return to the Marshall Islands for TB project

TB Free and Leprosy Majuro Logo

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Department of Health will enlist nearly 100 health professionals to volunteer for “TB + Leprosy Free Majuro,” an island-wide TB screening and treatment project on Majuro Island, the capital of RMI. The 24-week project (June to November 2018) will identify, evaluate and treat both active and latent TB infection cases among adults and children living in Majuro. RMI, located in the central Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and the Philippines, is identified by CDC as a “TB hotspot” in the US-affiliated Pacific Island region.

Majuro Beach

During an introductory webinar on March 27, project organizer Dr. Richard Brostrom explained the need for volunteers with significant TB experience (including clinicians, nurses, lab techs, x-ray techs, and epi/data support). Groups will work in 3-week shifts to screen more than 26,000 people to diagnose and treat TB in Majuro, where rates of TB disease exceed 400 per 100,000. In addition to finding and treating TB and LTBI, all residents will be screened for Hansen’s Disease (leprosy). Adults found to have active TB, LTBI, or Hansen’s will also receive diabetes screening.

TB Screening

“TB + Leprosy Free Majuro” continues similar TB case finding and treatment efforts conducted last year in the neighboring island of Ebeye. During that phase of the project, volunteers screened over 5,000 residents and discovered more than 60 new possible TB cases.

Read more about “TB-Free Ebeye.”

Volunteer applications are now closed. According to the National TB Controllers Association, over 250 potential volunteers applied for 93 openings, a response that gratified project organizers.


Marcos Burgos and Ann Scarpita join Warmline faculty

CITC’s Warmline TB medical consultation service recently welcomed two new members to its corps of 23 expert consultants: Marcos Burgos, MD, and Ann Scarpita, BSN, MPH.

Marcos Burgos MD

Marcos Burgos, MD, is Medical Director of the TB Program for the New Mexico Department of Health, and Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at University of New Mexico. His research interests include the evolution of M. tuberculosis, molecular epidemiology, and clinical trials in Latin America. Dr. Burgos oversees the medical care of all TB patients in New Mexico, a state that CDC assigned to CITC’s service area in 2018.

Ann Scarpita, BSN, MPH

Ann Scarpita, BSN, MPH is the state TB Nurse Consultant for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment TB Program, and President-elect of the National TB Nurse Consultants. Ms. Scarpita is now the sixth of a distinguished cohort of Warmline consultants based in Denver, including Carolyn Bargman, RN-C, MA, and Drs. Bob Belknap, Chuck Daley, Michelle Haas, and Randall Reves.

For 24 years, the CITC Warmline Service has provided clinical TB consultation, pediatric case consultation, and TB prevention recommendations to private- and public-sector clinicians free of charge. If you are a Western Region health professional who would like to request a consultation, call 877-390-6682 (toll-free) or email:


Upcoming conferences of interest

American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference
May 18 – 23, 2018

San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

2018 National TB Conference, held in conjunction with California TB Controllers Association (CTCA) Annual Spring Conference

May 21 – 25, 2018
Omni Rancho Las Palmas, Rancho Mirage (Palm Springs), CA

Pacific Islands TB Controllers Association (PITCA) conference (tentative)
September 11-15, 2018
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

2018 TB Education and Training Network (TB ETN) and TB Program Evaluation Network (TB PEN) Conference
September 18-20, 2018
Decatur, GA

24th Annual Four Corners TB/HIV Conference
November 6-7, 2018
Santa Fe, New Mexico


Upcoming trainings

CITC’s schedule of upcoming trainings (through October 2018) offers a variety of training opportunities for clinicians and public health providers.

Tuberculosis Case Management and Contact Investigation Intensive
May 8-11, 2018
Oakland, California

Tuberculosis Nursing Workshop
June 12, 2018
Seattle, Washington

Focus on LTBI
June 13, 2018
Seattle, Washington

Tuberculosis Clinical Intensive
June 14-15, 2018
Seattle, Washington

Tuberculosis in Nursing: Prevention, Treatment, and Infection Control
June 27-28, 2018
Lander, Wyoming

Focus on LTBI
October 8, 2018
Oakland, California

Tuberculosis Clinical Intensive
October 9-11, 2018
Oakland, California

For periodic updates on additional trainings, complete course descriptions, and application forms, view our training section.


About CITC

CITC creates, enhances, and disseminates resources and models of excellence, and performs research to control and eliminate TB in the United States and internationally. The Curry Center opened in 1994 and is now designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a TB Center of Excellence (TB COE) for the Western Region, serving Alaska, Arizona, California (including Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco), Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the U.S. Pacific Island Territories. Committed to the belief that everyone deserves the highest quality of care in a manner consistent with his or her culture, values and language, CITC develops and delivers highly versatile, culturally appropriate trainings, educational products, medical consultation, and technical assistance.


CITC staff

Principal Investigator / Medical Director: Lisa Chen, MD
Associate Medical Director/Nurse Consultant: Ann Raftery, RN, PHN, MS
Deputy Director: James Sederberg
Director of Education: Kelly Musoke, MPH
Program Manager: Jeannie Fong
Program Manager: Amelia Alonis
Epidemiologist: Baby Djojonegoro, MS, MPH
Web Developer: Mari Griffin, MS
Special Projects Manager/Newsletter Editor:
Kay Wallis, MPH


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University of California, San Francisco
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Oakland, CA 94612-2037

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