October 1997

Grant Results

National Program

Old Disease, New Challenge: Tuberculosis in the 1990s

SUMMARY

Since 1992, the American Lung Association, New York, has been the secretariat and chair of the National Coalition to Eliminate Tuberculosis (NCET), a coalition of more than 70 organizations, including the American Lung Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that have joined together to maximize their impact on tuberculosis control by minimizing the redundancy of their efforts.

In this project, which took place between 1995 and 1997, the American Lung Association hired a full-time NCET coordinator and a part-time support person.

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

Key Results
Staff:

  • Improved communications among members of NCET by implementing and staffing an on-line computer bulletin board (with email) and publishing a bi-monthly newsletter.
  • Implemented activities and programs initiated by NCET task forces including campaigns to raise awareness or TB risks among community-based organizations and coordinating member organizations' professional education activities.
  • Disseminated information concerning NCET and its activities to the public, media, and other organizations.
  • Worked with NCET members to utilize and involve local constituents; and maintaining communication between task force members.

Funding
RWJF supported the project with a $116,093 grant between March 1995 and February 1997.

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THE PROBLEM

Since 1992, the American Lung Association has been the secretariat and chair of the National Coalition to Eliminate Tuberculosis (NCET). NCET is a coalition of more than 70 organizations, including the American Lung Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that have joined together to maximize their impact on tuberculosis control by minimizing the redundancy of their efforts.

The goals of the coalition are to coordinate and initiate collaborative control efforts among national and community-based organizations concerned with fighting tuberculosis; provide an opportunity for organizations involved in tuberculosis efforts to share information and materials; and recruit and involve other national and community-based organizations in NCET activities.

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THE PROJECT

The grant money was used to hire a full-time NCET coordinator and a part-time support person. The primary activities and accomplishments of the coordinator and staff were to:

  • Improve communications among members of NCET by implementing and staffing an on-line computer bulletin board that would serve as a means for NCET members to communicate via e-mail and to keep each other apprised of ongoing activities. A bi-monthly newsletter was also sent to all NCET members and interested individuals providing information concerning tuberculosis activities of member organizations, listings and reviews of relevant educational materials, medical updates, epidemiological data, and other important information.
  • Implement activities and programs initiated by NCET task forces including conducting campaigns to raise awareness among community-based organizations of the risks of tuberculosis to the populations they serve, and coordinating member organizations' professional education activities.
  • Disseminate information concerning NCET and its activities to the public, media, and other organizations, especially those that are crucial to tuberculosis control but have not yet joined in the control efforts.
  • Work with NCET members to utilize and involve local constituents, such as local Lung Associations, to assure the creation of state and local tuberculosis coalitions nationwide.
  • Maintain communication between task force members by organizing an annual meeting and initiating quarterly task force conference calls and regular mailings.
  • Identify additional funding for NCET and its activities after the RWJF grant was completed.

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

National Coalition to Eliminate Tuberculosis

Grantee

American Lung Association (New York,  NY)

  • Amount: $ 116,093
    Dates: March 1995 to February 1997
    ID#:  024737

Contact

Project Director: Alice E. McIntosh
(212) 315-8763

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Report prepared by: Marie P. Lyons
Reviewed by: Marian Bass
Program Officer: Marilyn Aguirre-Molina
Evaluation Program Officer: James Knickman

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