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Public Health Reports: Program Collaboration and Service Integration

Funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, the latest supplemental issue of Public Health Reports, Supplement 1, 2014, presents a selection of innovative approaches, studies, and lessons learned from efforts to implement program collaboration and service integration (PCSI) in the prevention and control of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and tuberculosis (TB) in the United States. Lower socioeconomic status (SES) is associated with increased risk of tuberculosis (TB) and diagnostic delays, but the extent to which this association reflects an underlying gradient in advanced status of pulmonary TB is unknown. The team conducted a multilevel retrospective cohort analysis examining the relationship between socioeconomic characteristics and pulmonary TB disease status, as measured via sputum smears and chest radiography results. They concluded that patients living in lower SES areas did not appear to have higher probabilities of more advanced disease.