Bureau of Tuberculosis Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

The New York City Department of Health Bureau of Tuberculosis Control (BTBC) Nurses are an extraordinary team of dedicated professionals who play an integral role in the prevention and control of tuberculosis (TB) in New York City. They provide high-quality, patient-centered care in the BTBC clinics and support patients by providing patient education, doing directly observed therapy to ensure treatment success, and conducting home visits for patients with difficulties coming to clinic. They are key to the success of numerous public health innovations in BTBC such as use of video directly observed therapy for TB treatment, which was demonstrated to result in cost savings, a pilot telemedicine program for patients on latent TB infection (LTBI) treatment, which is more convenient for patients, and a current clinical trial of a 6 week LTBI treatment regimen. BTBC Nurses work tirelessly in service of their fellow New Yorkers and are exemplary public health professionals!

Pictured (left to right): Elvy Barroso, PhD, MD, RN, Professional Development Coordinator, Claudia Buchanan, Patient Care Manager, MSN, MPH, Marlon Buendia, BSN, Public Health Nurse, John Caban, BSN, Patient Care Manager, Sandra Carballo, BSN, Public Health Nurse, Beilei Chen, RN, Public Health Nurse, Celeste McCullough, ASN, Public Health Nurse, Margaret Mary Onwu, BSN, MPH, Public Health Nurse, Bertha Salter, RN, BSN, Public Health Nurse, Maria Zdybicki, MSN, Public Health Nurse

Not Pictured: Roberto Acevedo, MSN, BSN, RN, Associate Public Health Epidemiologist, Manda Dabovic, RN, Healthcare-Associated Exposures Coordinator, Carline Etienne, RN, Public Health Nurse, Linda Guo, RN, Public Health Nurse, Grace Gordon, RN, Public Health Nurse, Gracita Marcellus-Coq, BS, ASN, Public Health Nurse, Yanna Xu, BSN, Public Health Nurse