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CDC’s CORE Health Equity Science and Intervention Strategy

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CDC has launched an agency-wide strategy, CORE Health Equity Science and Intervention Strategy, that aims to integrate health equity into the fabric of all CDC work. As an agency, CDC is transforming its public health research, surveillance, and implementation science efforts to shift from simply listing the markers of health inequities to identifying and addressing the drivers of these disparities.

CDC’s CORE Health Equity Science and Intervention Strategy is designed to work in collaboration and lock step with multi-sectoral partners to transform our work at its very core and strengthen our ability to keep our nation safe and healthy. This new strategy challenges our CDC centers to incorporate health equity and efforts to address health disparities as a foundational element across all our work – from science and research to programs, and from partnerships to workforce.

Through the CORE strategy, CDC is integrating health equity into the fabric of our work at all levels. Each division has submitted health equity action plans that are being incorporated into a broad, unified, agency-wide strategy. The division action plans include:

  • Goals and associated targets
  • Concrete milestones for the next 6-12 months
  • Indicators to monitor progress
  • Key partnerships

For more information about CORE Health Equity Science and Intervention Strategy, please visit OMHHE’s website.

CDC Launches New Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication

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In August, CDC launched new guidance on inclusive communication. CDC’s Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication emphasizes the importance of addressing all people inclusively and respectfully. These principles are intended to help public health professionals, particularly health communicators, within and outside of CDC ensure their communication products and strategies adapt to the specific cultural, linguistic, environmental, and historical situation of each population or audience of focus.

Achieving health equity requires focused and ongoing societal efforts to address historical and contemporary injustices; overcome economic, social, and other obstacles to health and healthcare; and eliminate preventable health disparities. We at CDC want to lead in this effort—both in the work we do on behalf of the nation’s health and the work we do internally as an organization.

CDC encourages all public health professionals and partners at the federal, state, and local levels to apply these principles across their public health communication work, including when creating information resources and presentations, when engaging with partners, and/or when developing and reviewing external or internal communication materials. This means:

For more information about Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication by visiting CDC’s website.

College Health and Safety

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Back-to-school season has many of us, and our loved ones, back in classrooms and college campuses after spending the past year connecting virtually. Transitioning back to in-person learning — or starting for the first time—can create extra challenges during a pandemic. With more schools opening up for in-person learning, it becomes critical that students and school administrators work together to ensure everyone is safe and healthy in classrooms and campuses.

CDC’s COVID-19 response team developed resources that provide school administrators with guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. CDC’s Office of Women’s Health (OWH) latest feature, College Health and Safety for Women, provides tips to students on how to prevent sexually transmitted infections, access campus resources for support services, and the role universities play in ensuring vaccination uptake to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Read the full article, College Health and Safety for Women, on CDC’s OWH website.

Page last reviewed: October 27, 2021