Inclusive Public Health Communication Workshop Series: Public Health Communication 101


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Monday, April 4, 2022
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom Meeting

Now more than ever it is critical to be an effective public health messenger. As a member of AUCD’s network, you are invited to attend a four-part monthly virtual workshop series (April – July 2022) led by a joint collaboration between researchers at UCLA Health and the Hood Medicine Initiative, sponsored by AUCD through a cooperative agreement with CDC.

Workshop Description:

All workshops will focus on giving you the knowledge, tools, and skills to become an effective public health messenger for disenfranchised communities, with an emphasis on neurodivergent and disability communities during and post-COVID-19. Workshops will center on designing and implementing culturally-tailored and accessible public health communication efforts. Workshops will be relevant to anyone in AUCD’s networks who seek to improve their public health communication skills, including LEND/UCEDD directors/trainees, researchers/scientists, clinicians/direct service providers, advocates, individuals with lived experience, and others.

Each workshop will be one-hour in duration and feature a combination of didactic informational sessions and interactive project-based activities to hone your public health communication skills and knowledge. Workshops will provide strategies for multiple communication modalities, including social media and informal/formal written/oral communication.

Workshops will take place from 3-4pm EST on 4/4, 5/2, 6/6, and 7/11. Registration will be sent out prior to each workshop and will allow participants to request accommodations for the workshops. Attendance at one workshop is not necessary to attend any other workshop. Participants will receive a certificate of completion following each workshop.

The first workshop (4/4, 3pm EST)—Public Health Communication 101—will be an introductory training that will equip participants with the foundational skills and knowledge needed to utilize inclusive language—in formal/informal written and oral communications, especially on social media --surrounding minoritized communities;

  1. Take a stance in public health communication efforts; and
  2. Gain proficiency in reading, analyzing, and critiquing public health information and differentiate between reliable and unreliable sources.

We look forward to your participation! Please contact Dr. Emily Hotez ([email protected]) with any questions.

Workshop Hosts:

Dr. Neecey Hudson, Ph.D. is a computational biologist with a BS in Biology from MIT and an interdisciplinary PhD from the University of Louisville who currently works as a research scientist at Elanco Animal Health. She directs research efforts and media content development for Hood Medicine, a nonprofit public health collective dedicated to protecting black and brown lives during the pandemic and beyond by focusing on health equity & combatting health-related dis/misinformation in BIPOC communities.

Emily Hotez, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and developmental psychology researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine. She currently serves on the leadership team of the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health, a 15-million-dollar HRSA award focused on promoting the physical health of autistic individuals. Dr. Hotez’s research focuses on chronic stress: persistent and cumulative stressful experiences over the life course, including lifelong stigma and marginalization across interpersonal, educational, and healthcare contexts. The COVID-19 pandemic magnified health disparities for individuals with disabilities due to chronic stress and much of her work over the past year responded to these disparities. She served as the Principal Investigator on two consecutive AUCD-CDC-funded grants to understand these disparities and identify strategies for supporting those with multiple marginalized intersectional identities. Dr. Hotez received her B.A. in psychology from George Washington University and her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. As a sister of an autistic adult, she is committed to research that ameliorates disparities for individuals with disabilities.

Asal Bastani is a third year Human Biology and Society major with a Minor in Professional writing at UCLA. She is currently researching the impact of COVID-19 on primary health care for patients with neurodevelopmental and intellectual disabilities. During the pandemic, Asal has worked to the LEND clinic and NeuroDiversity HealthChats to address misinformation and raise awareness about inequities that affect the neurodiverse population. She aspires to attend medical school in the future and do advocacy work in community health.

 Workshop Sponsors:

  • AUCD 
  • UCLA Health