New Database Aimed at Linking Atlanta Groups in TB Fight

Old Disease, New Challenge: Tuberculosis in the 1990s

Between 1994 and 1997, the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, oversaw the Atlanta TB Prevention Coalition, a collaborative and coordinated effort by the various groups in Atlanta involved in education, care, and management of individuals with or at risk for TB.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Old Disease, New Challenge: Tuberculosis in the 1990s.

Key Results:

  • The project has formed collaborative and cooperative partnerships among a variety of different types of organizations to address the tuberculosis problem.
  • There was a significant decline in the number of TB cases in Georgia and especially Atlanta between 1992 and 1995. Atlanta reported a 30 percent decline and one hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, a public hospital affiliated with the Emory University School of Medicine, reported a 37 percent decline in TB cases.