Tuberculosis Elimination Division


Tuberculosis Elimination Division

Tuberculosis Division

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Tuberculosis Elimination Division is to prevent, control, and eliminate tuberculosis among the people of Health Service Region Seven.  This will be accomplished through coordinating the efforts of local health departments, health care providers and communities to develop, implement and assure compliance with effective  tuberculosis strategies, standards, and policies.

Program overview:

Services Provided/Activities:

Provide treatment and case management services to all persons with TB disease.

Contact investigation, to find and evaluate persons for latent TB infection who have had exposure to a person with TB disease, provide screening, examination, chest x-ray's, medical evaluations, and treatment as appropriate.

Conduct targeted screening of persons as high risk for TB disease or latent TB infection.

Other Major Responsibilities:

Conduct TB outbreak situations.

Provide technical assistance and information to local health departments, hospitals, physicians, correctional facilities and other providers conducting TB activities.

Facilitate expert physician consultations with clinicians for the treatment of drug resistant TB or pediatric TB cases.

Collect reporting data and information related to TB cases.

Education and training for health care providers.

Develop targeted interventions for TB control and prevention for populations most at risk for TB.

Conduct surveillance and tracking of TB cases and contacts.

Program Contacts

Bonnie Gamez, Nurse, TB Case Manager

Winter Klinefelter, TB Case Manager

Terry Simmons, Nurse, TB Case Manager

Heather Neese, PHT III, Field Investigation and Outreach Operations

Jimmy Lara, Admin III, Public Health Representative

James Banks, Admin III, Public Health Representative 

TB Elimination Division, Austin

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Last updated January 27, 2015