African Americans continue to have higher rates of tuberculosis (TB) compared to other U.S.-born groups. In 2004, 45% of TB cases reported in U.S.-born persons were among U.S.-born, non-Hispanic blacks. In that year, the TB case rate for this group was more than eight times higher than the rate in white, non-Hispanic persons. A heightened response is necessary to address the disparate burden of TB among African Americans.
To raise awareness about the excess of TB in African Americans and to strategize about how we can change that, the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and RTI International co-sponsored a summit, "Stop TB in the African-American Community." The meeting occurred May 16-17, 2006, in CDC's new Global Communications Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The summit co-chairs were Dr. Charles Wallace from the Texas Department of State Health Service and Dr. Rachel Royce from RTI International.
We invited a diverse group of community and religious leaders, health care providers, public health leaders, policy and decision makers, state and local health department staff, media representatives, academicians, and others who represent a broad spectrum of views to come together for this summit.
The keynote speaker of the summit was Dr. Louis Sullivan, President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. In addition, key CDC leaders also addressed the group, including Ms. Yvonne Lewis of the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities; Dr. Kevin Fenton, Director of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention; and Dr. Kenneth Castro, Director of the Division of TB Elimination. Dr. Garth N. Graham, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health of the Office of Minority Health, Department of Health and Human Services, also spoke.
Together, conference attendees sought to
- Develop and expand awareness of why tuberculosis is important to the African-American community and ways that public health can prevent and treat tuberculosis
- See the human face of tuberculosis and learn directly from a panel of patients about their experience of having tuberculosis
- Strategize ways that individual organizations can join efforts in tuberculosis elimination
- Formulate individual action plans and obtain tools to implement each organization's plan after the meeting.
Although modern medicine can prevent and cure tuberculosis, only the concerted efforts of the community in partnership with public health and medicine will ensure that tuberculosis is eliminated from the African-American community.
For further information about the summit, view the following documents:
- Letter from Co-Chairs
- Summit Invitation from the CDC
- Poster -- Stop TB in the African-American Community: A National Summit
- Poster -- Racial Disparity in Tuberculosis in the Southeast United States: Phase 1 Preliminary Results from Small Town, Montgomery County, North Carolina
- TB Resources and TB Publications
- Chicago South Side Community TB African-American Project 2002-2005 (128 kB PDF) -- Pamela Lamptey
- Stopping Tuberculosis in the African-American Community (266 kB PDF) -- Yvonne Lewis
- Tuberculosis in the African-American Community: Who, What, Where (401 kB PDF) -- Kenneth G. Castro
- Epidemiology of Tuberculosis in the African-American Population, United States, 1993-2005 (329 kB PDF) -- Kenneth G. Castro
- Addressing TB Among African Americans in the Southeast (1.3 MB PDF) -- Nickolas DeLuca
- What Is TB? (857 kB PDF) -- Louis Sullivan
- Stop TB in the African-American Community (519 kB PDF) -- Charles E. Wallace
- Research Update for TBESC Task 11: Addressing TB Among African Americans in the Southeast (447 kB PDF) -- Rachel A. Royce
- Demonstration Projects to Intensify Efforts for Reducing TB Rates in African-American Communities (59 kB PDF) -- Gail Burns-Grant
Also, you may view session notes and worksheets from the summit on the following password-protected page:
- Post-Conference Documents (password protected - contact Amanda Grady for access)