Call for Submissions: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Public Health

Call for Submissions: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Public Health
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As our world continues to diversify, conversations about (and programs to foster) diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are increasingly commonplace and recognized as valuable for communities and organizations. Many of the individuals most affected by gaps in DEI are vulnerable populations, such as people who are low income, resource poor, or have a mental or physical disability; members of minority groups; immigrants; and even members of certain religious sects. Before we can address the full scope of DEI concerns, we must understand how these groups are defined. The term “vulnerable populations” addresses the underlying systematic nature of disadvantage: people who are at increased risk for disease and injury, lack access to healthcare, and frequently marginalized or discriminated against. 1.

DEI is at the core of public health, and public health students and professionals are increasingly recognizing the need for DEI in their research and study spaces. This call for abstracts invites you to share your thoughts and experiences on incorporating DEI into your personal and professional experience. 


“Diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another. It means respect for and appreciation of differences.” 2.

Equity refers to fairness and justice and is distinguished from equality: Whereas equality means providing the same to all, equity means recognizing that we do not all start from the same place and must acknowledge and make adjustments to imbalances.” 3.

“Inclusion is a state of being valued, respected and supported. It’s about focusing on the needs of every individual and ensuring the right conditions are in place for each person to achieve their full potential.” 2.


Important information for submission:

Types of submissions: We accept a broad range of formats, including personal narrative essays, opinion pieces, journalism, popular science articles, literary fiction, poetry, film, photography, illustrations, mixed media, audio, and graphic designs. Most of our written pieces are similar to op-ed pieces.

Deadline to submit: December 31, 2022

Images: We invite and encourage image submissions to accompany all written work. This may be original or not. Include relevant citations for all images (artist name, link to work if available), and indicate that images are royalty-free or you have permission to use them.

Please email with additional questions!

Submit Your Work

“Equity.” Julio Arruda Dos Santos is a Brazilian artist living in Miami. His work can be found on Instagram @juliosantos_art
Vaughn Edelson
  1. Taillepierre, JD. (2016, June 1-3). Why diversity and inclusion matters in public health. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office of Minority Health and Health Equity.[]
  2. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Diversity and inclusion definitions. Accessed July 31, 2022.[][]
  3. National Association of Colleges and Employers. Equity. Accessed July 31, 2022.[]

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