CITC Newsletter - Winter 2017

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


CDC selects CITC to serve as Western Region TB Center of Excellence

CITC is proud to announce that the Center has been funded by CDC to serve as a “TB Center of Excellence (TB COE) for Training, Education, and Medical Consultation” for the Western Region in a new 5-year funding cycle, 2018-2022. This award is the culmination of a nationwide competition.  

The CDC defines the Western Region as the following jurisdictions: Alaska, Arizona, California (including Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco), Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The U.S. Pacific Island territories will continue to be served by CITC and other TB COEs.

Lisa Chen, MD

TB COE Principal Investigator and Medical Director Lisa Chen, MD, remarked: “The entire Curry team is deeply grateful for the opportunity to continue to work with CDC, our TB COE colleagues across the country, and especially the wonderful folks and dedicated programs here in the Western Region.  The collegial spirit, compassion, and dedication toward TB elimination define this collective and we are proud to be part of the team.  We are excited to welcome new states to our region and look forward to 5 more years of innovation and support as we work together toward our shared goals."

In its proposal to CDC, CITC highlighted innovations that will include a move toward more distance learning methodologies that meet shifting learner styles, utilizing technology to enhance accessibility, as well as the introduction of longitudinal medical consultation services to better serve the TB workforce. CITC will increase its focus on engaging programs and providers to expand LTBI testing and to implement appropriate treatment of high-risk groups.

James Sederberg

CITC Deputy Director James Sederberg underscored the Center’s renewed commitment to support Western Region TB control efforts: “We feel honored to be chosen to continue serving health care providers and programs in our region. Our entire team looks forward to a new chapter of ongoing collaboration and communication with our regional partners to guide training and medical consultation priorities.”

In addition to announcing CITC’s award, CDC named three other organizations as TB Centers of Excellence:


New TB control leaders in the Western Region

In 2017 the Curry Center greeted four new TB control program leaders in the Western Region: Elizabeth MacNeill, MD, in Hawaii (left); Donna Fearey, ANP, MSN in Alaska (center); Susannah Graves, MD, in San Diego (right); and Susan McElhany, DMD, in Nevada (not pictured). TB control efforts in these jurisdictions are well-served by this new wave of leadership.

New TB control leaders


Meeting at the Four Corners

Curry Center staff were pleased to participate in the 23rd Annual Four Corners TB and HIV/STD Conference, December 5-6, 2017, in Moab, Utah. Immediately preceding the event on December 4, TB controllers from the Southwest and the Rocky Mountain regions and the Navajo Nation also gathered for their annual meeting.

Following an opening prayer by Jay R. Nez with the Navajo Nation TB Control Program, the Four Corners meeting began with a keynote address titled, “Doing Good in Changing Times,” delivered by Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS), Director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Later in the day, CITC’s Principal Investigator and Medical Director Lisa Chen, MD, presented an update on drug-resistant tuberculosis.

“Four corners” refers to the only location in the United States where 4 states meet: Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado. Most of the rugged and rural area belongs to Native American nations, and the conference agenda featured several contributions by Navajo and other First Nations representatives.

Lisa Chen and Jonathan Mermin at the Four Corners Conference


Upcoming trainings

Information on CITC’s 2018 schedule of courses will be available on the CITC website soon.

Upcoming conferences of interest include:

22nd Conference of The Union North America Region
February 27— March 3, 2018
The Westin Michigan Hotel, Chicago, IL

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


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
Baby Djojonegoro, MS, MPH
Special Projects Manager/Newsletter Editor: Kay Wallis, MPH
Web Developer:Mari Griffin, MS
Program Assistant: 
Amelia Alonis


Contact us

Curry International Tuberculosis Center
University of California, San Francisco
300 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 520
Oakland, CA 94612-2037

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