CDC Speakers Bureau

CDC Speakers Bureau

The CDC Speakers Bureau has been in existence since August 1998. It evolved as a means to meet the public′s request for first-hand/real-time information on hot topics and emerging public health issues. Since its inception, the Speakers Bureau has received requests from stakeholders around the world such as schools, universities, community organizations, business corporations, and non-profit organizations.

CDC employees from all disciplines volunteer their time to engage communities about the agency′s public health impact. The topics span a multitude of health concerns including pandemic influenza, emergency preparedness, women′s health, obesity, vaccines and immunizations, and HIV/AIDS. The main focus of each presentation is to communicate information that the audience need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.

Request a Speaker

Your speaker’s request will take 6-8 weeks to process, so please plan your event accordingly.

Request a Speaker (CDC Director)

To request the CDC Director’s participation (attending or speaking) in an event or meeting, please submit the required information.

Washing hands under a faucet with soap and water

The handwashing demonstration shows students proper handwashing and hand hygiene techniques.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request a speaker?

Simply complete the speaker request form on our Request a Speaker page.

How far in advance should I request a speaker?

All requests should be submitted at least 6-8 weeks prior to your event date.

Am I guaranteed to have a speaker for my event?

No. We make every attempt to fill all requests; however, Speakers Bureau participants are volunteers and may not be available for all events.

Do I have to pay a fee or honoraria for a speaker?

No. This is a free service.

Who is responsible for paying travel expenses?

It is customary for the host organization to pay travel expenses.

Are there any events not entitled to receive Speakers Bureau services?

Yes. Speakers cannot participate in events for the purpose of fundraising, promotions, or any type of endorsements.

Do you want CDC to participate in your career day, health fair, or facilitate a handwashing demonstration at your event?

CDC staff are available to come to schools, communities, faith-based organizations, and events. You do not need to complete a Speakers Request if you want CDC participation in one of the following: health fairs, career days, or handwashing demonstrations. See the handwashing demo, career fairs, and health fairs page to submit a request to CDC Community Relations.

Page last reviewed: July 10, 2018