Shelters and TB: What Staff Need to Know, Second Edition

About This Video and Viewer’s Guide

The Curry International Tuberculosis Center is pleased to develop this video and viewer’s guide to help your shelter create a healthy and safe environment. This fundamental TB infection control information can help you and your staff prevent the spread of TB.

Target Audience

  • Homeless shelter staff: frontline staff, managers, volunteers, and others
  • Staff of congregate group home settings

How to Use These Materials


The video is divided into two parts.

  • The first part is for frontline shelter staff who work directly with clients. You will learn about TB, how it is spread, and what to do when you suspect someone has TB.
  • The second part of this video is for shelter managers. You will learn about TB infection control policies and procedures and how these policies help create a healthy and safe shelter environment for staff and clients. This section also shows how you and your local health department can work together to prevent the spread of TB.

Viewer’s Guide

The accompanying viewer’s guide expands on the content covered in the 18-minute video and serves as a reference guide containing additional information, resources, templates, and checklists to help establish your shelter’s TB infection control policy. To maximize your learning experience, we recommend that you read the viewer’s guide after watching the video.

A Word About Recommendations

Efforts have been made to ensure that this video and viewer’s guide includes applicable recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, it may not address every issue of interest to all regulatory agencies. Since regulations and guidelines may vary by county and state, facilities should review federal guidelines when applying this information to their programs.

Release Dates

Date of second edition release: December 2013

Date of original release: December 2004