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.
- 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.