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Organization Contact Information

Name: Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District
Street 1: 1700 Third St.
Street 2:
City: Wichita Falls
Province:
Post Code: 76301
Country: United States of America
Phone: 940-761-7841
Email: ashley.hammond@wichitafallstx.gov
Web Site: http://www.wichitafalls.gov

Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Ms.
First Name: Ashley
Last Name: Hammond
Title: Tuberculosis Charge Nurse
Email: ashley.hammond@wichitafallstx.gov
Phone: 940-761-7686

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Ms.
First Name: Abigail
Last Name: Reed
Title: TB L.V.N.
Email: abigail.reed@wichitafallstx.gov
Phone: 940-761-7841

General Information

Board Constituency: Countries
Organization Type - Primary: Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: None
Is your organization legally registered in your country: No
Organization Reach: National
Organization Description:
The purpose and goal of the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District is to monitor, protect, and improve the health status of the citizens of Wichita Falls and Wichita County through the services provided by the following divisions of the Health District:
Administration
Animal Services
General Environmental
Laboratory
Nursing - Preventative Health and Communicable Disease
Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Vital Statistics
WIC

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Services provided by the Tuberculosis Clinic are tuberculin skin test screening, medical evaluation, medications, laboratory services, chest x-rays, and case-finding projects. Eligibility is open to anyone, however, persons who can secure medical services for themselves are encouraged to do so. Wichita County residents and referrals from other Texas Health Departments and physicians are accepted, regardless of county of residence. Minimal administrative fee required for service, however, no one will be refused service due to inability to pay.
To help as much as we can in doing our planning for TB control we conduct Targeted Testing on a monthly basis, we educate both LVN and RN nursing students not only while they are on their community health rotation but we also go out to the two Collages here and conduct in-services to help educated them and prepare them for what they will face after graduation. We also schedule in-services with local health care providers to ensure they are up to date with the current testing available as well as treatments.









Services provided by the Tuberculosis Clinic are tuberculin skin test screening, medical evaluation, medications, laboratory services, chest x-rays, and case-finding projects. Eligibility is open to anyone, however, persons who can secure medical services for themselves are encouraged to do so. Wichita County residents and referrals from other Texas Health Departments and physicians are accepted, regardless of county of residence.
 
Total number of staff in your organization: 26 - 50
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 0
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
 
What is your organization's annual budget (USD) dedicated to TB? Unable to disclose amount
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Other partners
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Resource mobilization
 
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
I am fairly new to my position as the TB Charge Nurse. I felt like I knew nothing when I first started a year and a half ago. This has changed dramatically in just that short time not only because I want to know about what I can do to help make more people aware that this is not a disease of the "Old West Days", which many seem to believe. Our organization has done several in-services with doctors offices not only to make sure information was up to date and that they understood the protocol of reporting suspects and cases to us. We are also in the process of helping 2 of our homeless shelters create and implement a mandatory TB testing on intake of new clients since it is such a high risk setting.
 

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: United States of America
Which WHO region is the main focus of your work: African
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
United States of America

Specializations

Advocacy
Civil Society and Community Engagement
Delivery of health services and care
Funding, including innovative and optimized approach to funding TB Care
Provision of drugs, diagnostics and commodities
Technical Assistance
Working on Key Populations related to TB

Specializations in Countries

Civil Society and Community Engagement United States of America

Contribution

Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
Our organization sees clients from all walks of life, some were living in homeless shelters so we deal with a transient population at time but have actually had great success with these clients agreeing to targeted testing and following through with LTBI treatment. we communicate with our local 2 hospital Infection Control nurses and have a wonderful rapport with them. I feel I am very lucky to work with such a great team of health care professionals that I can count on to make sure our client's best interest is being served or work together with health care providers to achieve that goal.

Drug-Resistant TB:
We have been fortunate not to have experienced drug resisted TB in our area but if that unfortunate time comes we will be sure to consult with our Department of State Health Services as well as a consult Heart Land National TB Center.

TB-HIV:
We have had a policy in place for several years now that anyone who is tested for TB, either by IGRA or TST also be tested for HIV so that the most appropriate plan care can be created for this patient.

Laboratory Strengthening:
We do have a small in-house lab that can perform RPR type testing but most of our blood work such as a CBC, Liver Panel, Tspot, HIV or RPR and we pretty consistently get these lab results in a timely manner.

New Diagnostics:
We continue to read about the different types of "faster" TB detection testing is attempting to be developed and feel that this is definitely in the clients best interest.

New TB Drugs:
Our facility almost rarely utilizes second line TB medications. Since the 3HP regimen became approved for treatment for LTBI that has been pretty much our first choice unless they have some underlying medical problem or are HIV on antiretrovirals. We have had such great success with completion rates with the 3 HP it works really works out really well. In so far as actual cases we continue to utilize RIPE therapy.


New TB Vaccines:
We are fully supportive of research for new TB vaccine development since the only one to date is BCG vaccine developed in 1921 and is only partially effective. We agree with the Word Health Organization that there is a urgent need for new, safe and effective vaccines that prevent against all forms of TB, including drug resistant strains, in all age groups including those with HIV.

Research:
We participate in several conferences and several webinars so that we can keep up to date with the most accurate information in order to best serve our patiences.

Declaration

Declaration of interests:
Since we are a Public Health Department we do receive some federal and state funding grants for our program but I have spoken to my supervisor and this should not pose as a any kind of problem. We would truly be honored to be a part of the Stop TB Partnership and hope you will consider our organization for selection.

Application date: February 19, 2016
Last updated: March 1, 2016