New Mexico Department of Health TB/TB Infection (NM DOH TB/TB)

NMDOH TB ECHO: 3rd Monday of each Month/12:15 - 3:15 PM.
NMDOH TB Infection ECHO: 1st Thursday of each Month/12:00 - 1:00 PM.

For more information contact us at: nmtbECHO@salud.unm.edu.

Program Description

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attacks the lungs, but can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. [1] New Mexico is a low-incidence state with an average of less than 50 cases of active TB per year.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) TB TeleECHO program convenes the state’s public health nurses to support a comprehensive case management approach and keep TB knowledge and skills updated. People with latent TB infection are infected with the M. tuberculosis bacteria but do not have any symptoms of the disease.

However, without treatment, about 5 to 10% of infected persons will develop TB disease at some time in their lives and those whose immune systems are weak, especially those with HIV infection, the risk of developing TB disease is considerably higher. [2

The NMDOH TB Infection TeleECHO Program provides education and information on best practice care for clinicians caring for patients with latent TB infection. The goal is to train public and private primary care clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with latent tuberculosis to avoid the patients developing tuberculosis disease.

Target Audience

  • NMDOH TB ECHO: New Mexico public health TB nurse case managers
  • NMDOH TB Infection ECHO: New Mexico public health nurses and private sector clinicians

Diana Fortune, RN, BSN
TB Program Manager
New Mexico Department of Health
Diana.Fortune@state.nm.us

Marcos Burgos, MD
TB Medical Director
New Mexico Department of Health
505-205-2434
mburgos@salud.unm.edu

Bernadette Jakeman, PharmD
Associate Professor
UNM College of Pharmacy, Health Sciences Center
505-272-0026
bjakeman@salud.unm.edu

Carly Floyd, PharmD, PhC, AAHIVP
Residency Program Director
Southwest Care Center
505-780-4044 opt 3
cfloyd@southwestcare.org

Bruce Baird Struminger, MD, MA, FACP
Associate Director of ECHO Institute
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, UNM-HSC
505-272-9475

Amy Armistad, MA
ECHO Institute, Program Planning Manager
505-272-5811
aarmistad@salud.unm.edu

Amanda Dezan, BA
ECHO Institute, Program Coordinator
505-272-0892
tbecho@salud.unm.edu

Eva Montoya, BA
ECHO Institute, Program Coordinator
evsmontoya@salud.unm.edu