Atlanta has had among the highest rates of tuberculosis in the U.S. in the 1990's and despite a decrease in TB cases over the last few years, the city of atlanta in 1997 had a rate of TB >6 times in the U.S. average: a number of urban neighborhoods continue to have rates of TB >10 times the U.s. average. This supplemental application to the existing NIH TB Academic Award (TBAA) request support for a significant expansion of the project's scope. The goal of the proposed "TB Academic Award Minority Medical School Partnership Program" between Emory and Morehouse Schools of Medicine is to establish a vibrant, active and successful TBAA at the Morehouse school of Medicine which will enhance tuberculosis related education among medical students, housestaff and practicing physicians as well as further efforts to control tuberculosis in our community. The expertise and experience of the PI in establishing a successful TBAA Program at Emory will be important in the partnership and in assisting Dr. Stringer in the establishment of a successful program at Morehouse. Emphasis of the supplemental grant will include: 1) Curriculum enhancement and interdepartment coordination of TB related education at Morehouse. This includes efforts to enhance the training of Morehouse medical students and housestaff as well as practicing physicians in the practice of preventing, managing and controlling tuberculosis; 2) Further current efforts of TB education, training and patient care at Grady memorial Hospital (GMH) which is the primary teaching hospital for both Morehouse and Emory medical students and housestaff and implement enhanced TB related education at Southwest Hospital/Clinics which serves as the primary teaching facility for the Department of Family Medicine at Morehouse; and 3) conduct applied research in the area of TB control (involving assessing the efficacy of implementing short course preventive therapy among high risk inner-city residents served by GMH and among those incarcerated at correctional facilities). Curriculum design, implementation and evaluation will follow Green and Kreuter's PRECEDE-PROCEED analysis for health educational activities. The partnership will also focus on expanding current community outreach of the existing TBAA and education of practicing physicians in the community. We plan to target African-American physicians, especially those working in inner- city areas in Atlanta which have high rates of TB infection and disease. The grant will also facilitate increased collaboration and participation by Morehouse with public health groups and others in the Atlanta TB Prevention Coalition, establishment of a summer medical student research program, and continuation of the Georgia TB Reference Guide and TB/HIV miniresidency programs.
For more information please contact:
Gene H. Stringer, M.D.
Division of Infectious Diseases
Morehouse School of Medicine
Department of Medicine
720 Westview Drive, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30310-1495
Phone: (404) 752-1141