Celebrate World TB Day 2017

World Tuberculosis Day is March 24. To help public health agencies recognize this important awareness day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (CDC/DTBE) developed the following communication messages and materials:

World TB Day Key Messages and Resources Document
This downloadable PDF contains information that may be helpful in planning communication activities to inform and educate partners, stakeholders and media about TB-related problems and solutions, and the importance of supporting worldwide TB control efforts. Included are key messages, sample social media posts, and links to additional resources. In addition, be sure to add World TB Day graphics to your website or social media messages; share CDC’s animated infographic on the threat of drug-resistant TB; and find out what CDC is doing to combat drug-resistant TB.

World TB Day Social Media Examples:
Be sure to follow CDC TB on Twitter (@CDC_TB) and Facebook (@CDCTB) for more information and shareable content. Images for social media can be found: https://www.cdc.gov/tb/worldtbday/resources.htm

  • Twitter:
    • Too many people in the US suffer from #tuberculosis. We can #UnitetoEndTB! Find out how: https://go.usa.gov/xXrR3 #WorldTBDay
    • To #EndTB in the US, we must reach the hardest hit populations: https://go.usa.gov/xXrR3 #WorldTBDay #UnitetoEndTB
    • Testing & treatment of latent #TB infection among high-risk groups critical to #EndTB in the U.S. https://go.usa.gov/xXrR3 #WorldTBDay
  • Facebook:
    • World TB Day is an opportunity to recognize our achievements in tuberculosis (TB) prevention and control, and renew our commitment to eliminating this devastating disease in the United States. Clinicians, health care agencies, and community organizations, especially those serving at-risk populations, have a critical role in TB elimination. Unite to End TB! https://go.usa.gov/xXrR3 

World TB Day Thunderclap
Thunderclap is a tool that lets a message be heard when we say it together. Think of it as an “online flash mob.” Join CDC’s World TB Day Thunderclap, and share the End TB message March 24th at 1:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. PDT, spreading an idea through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

U.S. World TB Day Poster: U.S. World TB Day posters are available in 2 different sizes (8.5×11 and 11×17) to download and print.

Reminder! Call for Your World TB Day Activities
If you are planning an event around the 2017 World TB Day, we would like to know about it.  As soon as your event is planned, please complete the World TB Day event form and return it by e-mail to Molly Dowling at mdowling@cdc.gov. We will gladly post and share these activities on the World TB Day section of the CDC/DTBE Website.

For examples of past World TB Day events and links to resources that may be of assistance to you in your World TB Day activities, please visit the World TB Day section on the DTBE Website.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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