Conversations in Equity Posts

Conversations in Equity is a collection of blogs dedicated to increasing the awareness of health inequities. We share stories on how partnerships help address health disparities to ultimately achieve our vision of ensuring all people have an opportunity to live as healthy as possible.

How Collecting and Reporting More Detailed Data Can Advance Health Equity for Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Asian American Communities

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During Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, we honor the contributions of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander people in the United States. CDC’s Office of Health Equity (OHE) recognizes the importance of promoting health and well-being and reducing health disparities in these populations. A key strategy in this effort Read More >

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National Minority Health Month: Understanding Culture, Community, and Connections to Advance Health Equity

April marks National Minority Health Month! This year’s theme (“Be the Source for Better Health”) focuses on improving health outcomes through our culture, community, and connections. These elements that make us each unique are also critical to reducing health disparities. Recognizing and honoring the strengths and traditions within diverse communities can help improve health outcomes Read More >

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Office of Health Equity Partner Webinar Series: Health Equity Science and Data for Action

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In 2023 CDC’s Office of Health Equity (OHE) launched the Health Equity Partner Webinar Series to showcase the power of partnerships in reducing health disparities and advancing health equity. The series features presentations from OHE leaders, experts, and partners on topics that address emerging public health issues, health equity research, communication, and training. On March Read More >

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Office of Health Equity Webinar Series: Promoting Equity in Health Communications

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The Office of Health Equity (OHE) has launched a new webinar series that features presentations from OHE leaders, subject matter experts, and partners on topics that address emerging public health issues, health equity research, communication, and training, and showcase the power of partnerships in reducing health disparities and advancing health equity. On January 24th, the Read More >

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Black Health is Public Health: A Legacy of Leadership

During February every year, we honor the legacy of achievements from Black leaders in the space of public health, civil rights, social justice, health equity, and more.   This year, Black History Month comes on the heels of CDC’s yearlong commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the agency’s Office of Minority Health – Read More >

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Partnership for Health and Vaccine Equity: Protecting Diverse Communities from COVID-19, RSV, and Flu

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On October 30th, the Office of Health Equity (OHE) and the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a partner call to discuss the 2023–2024 respiratory virus season. A total of 783 unique participants joined the call to learn about current guidance to protect Read More >

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Binational Health Month: Strengthening U.S.-Mexico Public Health Collaboration

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In October, the Southern Border Health and Migration Branch (SBHMB) within CDC’s Division of Global Migration Health (DGMH) recognized Binational Health Month (BHM). BHM is an annual celebration to promote the health of Mexican and other Latin-American migrants in the United States and Mexico, as well as their countries’ shared commitment to improving public health. Read More >

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2023 National HBCU Week Conference: CDC Works with HBCUs to Enhance Partnerships and Advance Health Equity

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In August of 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed Executive Order 12232, directing the Secretary of Education to “implement a federal initiative designed to achieve a significant increase in the participation by historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Federally sponsored programs.” This order set the precedent for efforts to help ensure equity of HBCU participation Read More >

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Connecting Health Equity with Health Literacy through Message Testing

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Every October, CDC joins together with other agencies and organizations in observing Health Literacy Month. In addition to raising awareness about the importance of accessible health information for all audiences, the Office of Health Equity (OHE) invites you to learn more about the connection between health equity communication and health literacy. Reframing Communication Efforts to Read More >

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Community Health Workers: Advancing Equity in Diabetes Care

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From standing shoulder-to-shoulder in poorly ventilated spaces to performing back-breaking labor, working at a poultry farm during the COVID-19 pandemic was a physically and emotionally taxing job. Often these difficult jobs are done by people who struggle to find employment, such as those with undocumented status or who live in communities with limited resources. In Read More >

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