CITC Newsletter - Winter 2023

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

Happy holidays from the Curry Center!

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Best wishes to our friends, partners, and colleagues for peace, health, and joy in the new year. 


March 22, 2024: UCSF World TB Day symposium and CITC 30th anniversary celebration

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On March 22, 2024, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) will present a World TB Day symposium co-hosted by the UCSF Center for Tuberculosis and CITC. This year’s day-long event will also mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of CITC

Each year World TB Day commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of M. tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes TB. World TB Day is an opportunity for organizations of all sizes – from the World Health Organization to local health departments – to raise public awareness about the devastating consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic. 

UCSF’s World TB Day symposium will feature presentations from international leaders in TB research and policymaking and showcase UCSF research advances and upcoming programs. The event will also be an occasion to highlight CITC’s 30-year history as a center of excellence for TB training, education, and medical consultation.

Participants may attend in person (at the UCSF Mission Bay campus in San Francisco) or virtually. Please monitor the CITC website, email listserv, and social media for registration information, coming soon.

TB infection control manual, 2nd edition, now online 

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CITC proudly announces the online release of the final installation of new chapters completing Tuberculosis Infection Control: A Practical Manual for Preventing TB, 2nd edition.

Expanded chapters on:  Environmental Controls – Ventilation; Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms; Clinics, and Homeless Shelters are now available with 3 other updated chapters released in 2022.

This manual is designed for use as a bridge between clinical and administrative staff and engineering consultants working to reduce the risk of tuberculosis transmission in health and community care settings. The contents compliment introductory materials currently available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such as the Core Curriculum on Tuberculosis, Chapter 6: Tuberculosis Infection Control.

Co-edited by Paul Jensen, PhD, PE, CIC and CITC Principal Investigator Lisa Chen, MD, this highly anticipated 2nd edition is available only online. 

Watch the CITC website for updates about a print version in 2024.

Complete list of chapters:

  1. Administrative Controls (2022) 
  2. Environmental Controls: Overview and Part 1 – Ventilation (2023); Part 2 – UVC (2022) 
  3. Personal Respiratory Protection (2022) 
  4. Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms (2023) 
  5. Clinics (2023) 
  6. Homeless Shelters (2023) 

View online.

CITC staff transitions

The Curry Center fondly says farewell, congratulations, and welcome to Ann Raftery, Jeannie Fong, and Rewanshi Kumar, respectively.

Ann Raftery, MS, RN After a 17-year association with CITC, Associate Medical Director and Nurse Consultant Ann Raftery, RN, PHN, MS, is leaving the Center to join the TB Control Branch of the California Department of Public Health as TB Nurse Consultant/Program Liaison. Ann was the primary architect of CITC’s “nurse-to-nurse” training program and the lead designer of CITC’s key live courses for nurses in the western region. In 2013, Ann was named Associate Medical Director of CITC  – the title reflected her leadership skills and expertise in training, advising, and mentoring nurses and other health professionals. While Ann will be deeply missed by CITC staff and faculty, there is solace in knowing her contributions to the TB prevention and care community will continue in the state of California.


Jeannie FongIn December long-time CITC program manager Jeannie Fong was named Director of Education. A valued member of the Curry training team since 1997, Jeannie became acting Director of Education upon the departure of Elisha Couchman in July. Jeannie brings a wealth of experience and familiarity with the Curry training/education mission to her new role.



Rewanshi Kumar In October, Rewanshi Kumar joined the CITC staff as Program Assistant. A recent graduate of University of California, Merced, Rewanshi majored in public health. The CITC team welcomes her enthusiasm and fresh ideas.


Upcoming trainings

CITC’s schedule of upcoming trainings offers a variety of training opportunities for clinicians and public health providers.

What Civil Surgeons in California Need to Know about TB and Technical Instructions
March 6, 2024
Oakland, CA [in-person training]

UCSF Center for Tuberculosis and CITC World TB Day Symposium and CITC 30th Anniversary
March 22, 2024
San Francisco, CA [in-person or virtual participation]

2024 HIV/STI/TB Clinical Update
June 2024 
Phoenix, Arizona [off-site, in-person training]

Tuberculosis Nursing Workshop - Seattle
July 9, 2024
Seattle, Washington [in-person training]

Focus on LTBI - Seattle
July 10, 2024
Seattle, Washington [in-person training]

Tuberculosis Clinical Intensive - Seattle
July 11-12, 2024
Seattle, Washington [in-person training]

Please monitor the CITC website, email listserv, and social media for updates on the CITC 2024 training calendar.

About CITC

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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: Kelly Musoke, MPH
Director of Education: Jeannie Fong
Nurse Educator: Colleen Hoehn, BSN, MPH
Program Manager: Amelia Alonis
Program Manager: Emily Mabry, MPH, CHES®
Program Assistant: Rewanshi Kumar
Web Developer: Mari Griffin, MS
Special Projects Manager/Newsletter Editor: Kay Wallis, MPH

Contact us

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University of California, San Francisco
(510) 238-5100
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