The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group was established by the 21st Century Cures Act to improve federal coordination of efforts related to tick-borne diseases. Members will review all U.S. Department of Health and Human Services efforts related to tick-borne diseases to provide expertise and help ensure interagency coordination and minimize overlap, examine research priorities and identify unmet needs.

15 May 2018

The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (Working Group) is required to submit a report on its activities and any recommendations to the HHS Secretary and Congress every two years. The first report is due December 2018.  The six subcommittees of the Working Group prepared reports to inform the Working Group and its 14 voting members. These reports offer insights into gaps, opportunities and potentials actions to be considered by the Working Group for the report to Congress and HHS Secretary. 

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06 May 2018

kristenhoney presentation loHundreds of people came out to hear about Lyme disease at the 4th Annual Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education Conference in Augusta, Maine, on April 28th, 2018. Over thirty experts spoke, including LDA President Pat Smith, Drs. Brian Fallon, Neil Spector, Lee Cowden and Kristen Honey, PhD, PMP, Vice Chair of the HHS Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. Dr. Honey is also a Lyme survivor. Her presentation titled Lyme Innovation, provided an overview of the TBD Working group-- it's background, responsibilities, including details of operation, reporting and timelines. Click here to view slide presentation

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03 May 2018

Bob SabatinoRobert Sabatino, Founder and Executive Director of Lyme Society Inc., was named a public member of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. Lyme Society is the New York affiliate partner of Lyme Disease Association. As a patient and advocate, he continues to contribute to legislation, education, and awareness. From his own perspective as a patient, his focus is on the life and struggles of patients and treatments in society today. He retired from the New York Police Department that specialized in Drug Enforcement, Addiction Services, Community Outreach and Domestic Violence Awareness.

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15 May 2018

Posted April 24, 2018 on HHS.gov

Sherill Franklin, a small business owner and patient advocate from Pennsylvania, will join the Access to Care Services and Support to Patients Subcommittee of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. Ms. Franklin has written extensively about her own 30-year experience with Lyme disease and has advocated for better diagnostic tools and definitive treatments for tick-borne disease. She will replace Dr. Enid Haller, who is departing.

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18 April 2018

Paula Jackson Jones loPaula Jackson Jones, President of Midcoast Lyme Disease Support and Education (MLDSE), was named co-chair of the Access to Care Services and Support to Patients Subcommittee. Jones co-founded the Maine-based group in 2014 as a result of her own experiences as a patient with Lyme disease. (LDA note: MLDSE is a partner with the Lyme Disease Association LDAnet umbrella organization.)

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