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Code of Conduct

Rise & Resist: People Over Profits, Truth Over Lies, Courage Over Fear

November 3-5, 2023 – Savannah, Georgia

Code of Conduct

Children’s Health Defense (CHD) is committed to providing a safe, productive and welcoming environment for all conference/event participants and CHD staff. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, press, volunteers, exhibitors, CHD staff, service providers, and all others are expected to abide by this Code of Conduct. This policy applies to all participants, whether virtual (online) or in person, and is in force with respect to all virtual (online) and in-person CHD conference/event-related events.


By attending the CHD conference/event, you agree to refrain from disruptive or destructive conduct. In addition, all participants and press attending a CHD conference/event, are subject to the laws applicable in the state of the event.

Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Harassment (includes persistent requests — photos, conversations, unwanted advances — whether face-to-face, email, phone, text, chat, direct messaging, or any other electronic means of communication), unwanted requests, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
  • Verbal or physical abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, CHD staff, service provider, or other meeting guests.
  • Examples of verbal abuse include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or presentations, heckling, threatening, or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, CHD staff, service provider, or other meeting guests.
  • Examples of physical abuse include, but are not limited to, acts of physical violence/aggression regardless of whether such acts result in physical harm/damage (e.g., pushing, punching, kicking, hitting, slapping, throwing objects, hitting a person with an object, etc), unwanted physical contact, verbally or physically threatening to engage in an act of physical violence or aggression against another person.
  • Disruption (whether in-person or viewing online) of presentations during sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other events organized by CHD throughout the meeting. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and any CHD event staff.
  • Recording, including recording with apps, screenshots, photos, videos, and/or sharing CHD private online access event(s) provided through a ticketing link.

Violation of These Principles and Expectations

CHD has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, harassment, or violation of the Code of Conduct by participants or our staff at our conferences/events. If you experience harassment, see another person being harassed, or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, CHD asks that you notify security and/or any CHD staff members onsite, or CHD online staff moderators, immediately so that we can take appropriate action.

CHD reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including, but not limited to, immediate removal from the event or termination of online access without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior. CHD further reserves the right to prohibit attendance (in person or virtually) at any future CHD conferences/events. CHD also reserves the right if, in its opinion, the situation warrants, to contact law enforcement authorities.