2006, TB Photovoice has worked around the world to amplify the voices of individuals directly impacted
by TB so that they, as well as their communities, can improve their overall health. We recently received
a grant from the Firland Foundation to document local, Washington state tuberculosis (TB) stories.
Our new project, the TB Voices Project for Snohomish and King County, WA is honored to
record and preserve TB stories from Snohomish and King County residents. From May through November 2013, we invite persons
to share their TB stories with the community.
Not a resident of Snohomish or King County? No worries!
Anyone with a TB story is welcome to share on our website. Whether you or a loved one had
TB, individuals from all generations are invited to share their TB stories on our website , or contact us to schedule a recorded
interview. We hope you will share information about the TB Voices Project with your communities.
also encourage you to reflect on your family history. As you know, at the turn of the century and into the 1950s, many
families across all social classes in the U.S. were impacted by TB. My own Grandmother Ole lived in a TB sanatorium
for 4 years, from the time my mother was in 4th grade until she was in 7th grade. My mother's most vivid memory
of that time period was visiting her mother a couple times a month, but only to speak to her through a window-- standing outside
in the wet, Washington weather. There are stories to be heard and these stories will encourage and inspire those impacted
by TB today.
We invite individuals from all generations to tell their TB story. We will assist participants,
with their permission, to document their TB experience using either photos, video/voice recordings, and/or their written story.
With the participants' consent, we will share their insights through our TB Photovoice website and at various community
education opportunities/events. These life stories can help others around the globe currently impacted by TB.
This is an ambitious project but you have been such an inspiration over the past 4 years, I just wanted to let you know
that now others will have the opportunity to share their TB stories in a meaningful way and allow our local community to have
a deeper understanding of this preventable and curable disease.
Teresa L. Rugg, MPH
7619 137th Ave. SE
WA 98290 USA