Webinar: CDC’s Integral Role in Ending the Global TB Epidemic
Tuberculosis (TB) is the world’s deadliest infectious disease, and its rate of decline in incidence is stalling. This must be met with a coordinated and focused global response. In this webinar, Dr. Hank Tomlinson, Director of the CDC; Division of Global HIV and TB, will discuss the global TB landscape; developments one year after the world came together at the UN General Assembly’s High Level Meeting on TB to set ambitious global targets to end the epidemic; and CDC’s role in supporting the global response to end TB through its four strategic priorities- Finding, Curing, and Preventing TB, while supporting country Sustainability. Dr. Tomlinson will end the presentation focused on “what’s next”, the game-changers needed to ultimately end TB.
Panelist: Hank Tomlinson Ph.D
Hank Tomlinson, Ph.D., is the Director of the Division of Global HIV & TB (DGHT) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), guiding the management of CDC’s global TB and HIV treatment, care, and prevention programs and the division’s 1,800 staff in 45 country offices and headquarters in Atlanta. Prior to being named DGHT Division Director, Dr. Tomlinson served as DGHT’s Principal Deputy Director, and he also served as Country Director and DGHT Program Director for the CDC field office in Nigeria. Dr. Tomlinson began his tenure at CDC in 2008 in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Tomlinson directed a CDC funded HIV prevention and health promotion program for LGBT youth at the American Psychological Association. He has also worked as a clinical psychologist, and he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in health, behavioral science, and quantitative methods. Dr. Tomlinson earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University and his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Duke University.
Moderator: Dr. Keith Martin
Executive Director of CUGH
Dr. Martin is a physician who, since Sept. 2012, has served as the founding Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). Between 1993-2011, Dr. Martin served as a Member of Parliament in Canada’s House of Commons. He held shadow ministerial portfolios in foreign affairs, international development, and health. He also served as Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Defense and was appointed to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. His main areas of focus are in global health, foreign policy, security, international development, conservation and the environment. Dr. Martin has served on numerous diplomatic missions to areas in crisis and served as a physician in South Africa on the Mozambique border during that country’s civil war. He has traveled widely in Africa, visiting the continent 28 times. He has had over 170 editorial articles published in major newspapers and has appeared frequently as a political and social commentator on television and radio.