The following tool was developed based on the UWSMPH Presenter’s Guide. The goal of the guide and this checklist is to help create an inclusive learning environment for participants of all backgrounds. It is unlikely that all of the common identities or social issues listed will be discussed in your presentation or other content. However, when any of these identities are discussed, review your content using this checklist to verify the appropriate use of vocabulary and language. Suggestions for avoiding common mistakes/oversights are also included. Using appropriate language, we realize, is only the first step to creating an inclusive and equitable learning environment. Please refer to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Accredited Continuing Education document attached to your faculty letter for further considerations to include within your content.

UW-Madison SMPH faculty and staff diversity and inclusion resources are available here.
UW-Madison Ebling Library diversity, equity, and inclusion resources are available here.

List the title of the conference, online course or series where you will present your content. (E.g., Updates in Primary Care, Screening for Depression Online Course, Medicine Grand Rounds.) If you are unsure of the title, list the title of your content.

For each of the sections below, review the Glossary if you would like read more; then indicate whether your educational activity/presentation met the following criteria.

Yes No
Demonstrates interprofessionalism
Patient experiences are treated uniquely
Yes No
Fair and inclusive representation of a variety of individuals affected by specific conditions or illnesses
Appropriate, inclusive, and non-derogatory language is used
Yes No
Fair and inclusive representation of various sexual and gender identities are used within course content
Pathological features of disease in both sexes are described
Gendered language is avoided
LGBTQIA terminology is used appropriately
Content is mindful of possible bias or microaggressions
Yes No
Fair and inclusive representation of the variety of individuals affected by specific conditions or illnesses
Health disparities that exist across racial groups are discussed from a systems perspective
Genetic differences are described by geographic ancestry
Intersectionality in clinical scenarios is highlighted
Person first language is used
Content is mindful of possible bias or microaggressions
Yes No
Fair and responsible representation of individuals with differing SES
Appropriate language is used
Record your plans to address these criteria in your activity.  What additional resources or data do you need? 


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