Category: Health Equity

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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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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How the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) Provides Insights into Vaccination Coverage Inequities

Vaccines are one of the greatest advancements in public health in the United States, and integral in keeping community safe from certain diseases. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, people in racial and ethnic minoritized groups have experienced challenges accessing and accepting vaccinations. Existing research measures the success of vaccination programs by focusing largely Read More >

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Learning through the Lived Experience: Recognizing the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Part of recognizing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and assessing the progress that has been made since it was enacted is to listen and learn from the varied lived experiences among people with disabilities. People with disabilities are the true experts and can share important insights about feasibility, relevance, and benefits for public health Read More >

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An Arc Towards Greater Inclusion and Sense of Belonging

2023 Pride Month

As this year’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Pride Month comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect on my experience as a federal employee who is part of the LGBTQI+ community and the public health scientific and practice accomplishments that CDC LGBTQI+ employees have attained. Prior to accepting a position Read More >

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Health Justice As a Tool to Fight Existing and Future Pandemics

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the nation’s glaring health disparities, highlighting how the communities hit the hardest by the pandemic already had long suffered the impact of structural inequities. From the Syphilis Study at Tuskegee to the disproportionate impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis on members of the LGBTQ+ community, the history of discrimination Read More >

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National Minority Health Month: Better Health Through Better Understanding

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When I was in dental school, my classmates and I learned to practice dentistry in a big clinic arranged in cubicles. A shared countertop separated back-to-back cubicles. Above the counter hung a set of cabinets. This afforded some privacy with our patients but not much. During one of our early days in the clinic, after Read More >

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