Importance of the Virtual 2020 National TB Conference
Pete Dupree, MPH
2020 Conference Chair NTCA President-Elect
Program Manager, Colorado TB Control Program
As the 2020 National Tuberculosis Conference (NTC) conference chair, it's my pleasure and honor to invite each of you to attend the Virtual 2020 NTC Conference this September and October. The sessions and presenters have each been chosen with care to ensure we offer a spectrum of important topics specific to tuberculosis (TB). Session topics run the gamut from updates on cutting edge treatment regimen research to highlighting and celebrating the importance of public health nurses in our collective TB prevention and control efforts (2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife!). So please join us as we come together as a community to hear regional, national, and global subject matter experts to discuss essential material and share our collective experiences fighting the top infectious disease killer in the midst of a global pandemic.
Many of us have been diverted to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which demonstrates the value of TB program infrastructure for pandemic response—and makes it more important than ever to stay connected and to continue honing our skills and TB expertise. The virtual format for this year’s national TB conference allows us to come together as a TB community and learn from each other. Admittedly, it won’t be the same as our in-person conference, but then…very little remains the same in this evolving COVID-19 landscape. In consideration of the heavier day-to-day responsibilities shouldered by public health staff during the pandemic, this year’s virtual conference will deliver its TB clinical and programmatic content in sessions distributed over several weeks in September and October. If you cannot attend on the original broadcast dates, video recordings of the sessions will be available for enduring credits for up to a year. Further, after completing sessions, your registration will grant you access to the recordings for a year, to review and revisit the content.

NTCA has been working hard to document the impact of COVID-19 on TB programs and describe the early clinical experiences of TB and COVID-19 coinfection. A newly added session to the conference agenda, TB and COVID-19: Clinical and Programmatic Responses, is scheduled for Friday, October 9th. This session will explore the impact of the pandemic on the programs and the clinical care provided in New York City, Mississippi, and Arkansas. We are proud to offer this timely information and extend our thanks to the staff in those jurisdictions who are working to prepare these presentations to share with the TB community.
Julie Higashi, MD, PhD
NTCA President
TB Controller, LA County TB Program
New Session Added to Virtual 2020 NTC Schedule!
Following the tradition of our in-person conference, we have added a “post-conference” session to the agenda! On Friday, November 4, the 2020 RVCT Training, will be offered by our DTBE colleagues. Julie Self, PhD, MPH, will moderate the training and will be joined by Bob Pratt, BS, and other DTBE staff to share their knowledge and expertise. 

During this two-hour session, participants will learn how to complete many of the new and revised items on the 2020 Report of Verified Case of Tuberculosis (RVCT). The session will include an overview of 2020 RVCT items, facilitated group discussion, and opportunities for participants to exchange methods and ideas. Everyone who has a responsibility for completing the RVCT is encouraged to attend this post-NTC RVCT training.
Conference Agenda
We are excited about the Virtual 2020 Conference agenda and think you will be too! Check it out!
Registration Fee Schedule
The registration fees associated with the Virtual 2020 NTC are listed below. When the conference registration site opens, these fees can be paid by credit card, check, or ACH deposit.

Type of Registration Fee

NTCA Member:* $250
Non-Member: $350
Single Session: $75
Exhibitor:** $1,000
Sponsor:** $5,000-$20,000

* If you are interested in joining NTCA and taking advantage of this member benefit, the discounted conference registration fee, please see the membership information on the NTCA website, http://www.tbcontrollers.org/membership/ 

** If you are interested in exhibit space or sponsorship, please email Donna Hope Wegener at dhwegener@tbcontrollers.org or call 678-503-0503.
CONTACTS :
Sherry Brown, NTCA: sbrown@tbcontrollers.org
Donna Wegener, NTCA: dhwegener@tbcontrollers.org