Becoming Comfortable with Health Equity Concepts and Language

The fully captioned video and edited transcript will be posted within the next few days.

Resources Document


Becoming Comfortable with Health Equity Concepts and Language will help all audiences understand the place of health communications in removing social obstacles that lead to poor health outcomes and health disparities.

Through CDC’s Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication, you’ll learn about the importance of ensuring communication products and strategies adapt to the specific cultural, linguistic, environmental, and historical situation of each population or audience of focus.

This webinar will feature Desmond Banks, PhD, MPH, and Susan Laird, DNP, MSN, RN, discussing CDC’s commitment to health equity, explaining the need for such guidance, and providing principles, resources, and specific suggestions on a variety of topics to help inform an inclusive approach to public health communications. Closed captioning and continuing education will be available.


Desmond Banks, PhD, MPH
Epidemiologist, Office of Minority Health & Health Equity Science Team

Susan Laird, DNP, MSN, RN
Senior Advisor, Communications Director, Office of the Associate Director Communication


Rahsine Lawrence, MPP
Communication and Marketing Specialist, Human Resources Office (HRO)

Call Materials

View slides [PDF – 2 MB]
View transcript [PDF – 369 KB]
View resources [PDF – 77 KB]

Webinar Details

When: Monday, August 8th, 2022, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Register here:

or an H.323/SIP room system: H.323: (US West)
or (US East)

Webinar ID: 160 507 8987

Passcode: 203188


Webinar participants and viewers will accomplish the following:

  • Describe CDC’s role in the topic covered during the presentation.
  • Describe the topic’s implications for respective constituents.
  • Discuss concerns and issues related to preparedness for and response to urgent public health threats.
  • Identify reliable information resources for the topic.
  • Describe how to promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention.
  • Webinar/Audio conference call on 04/27/2022: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set (see Call Materials)

None at this time

CEU:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU’s for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number 98614.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 1 CPH recertification credits for this program.

DISCLOSURE:  In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, presenters, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.