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National CLAS Standards

Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services
in Health and Health Care


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The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (the National CLAS Standards) are intended to advance health equity, improve quality and help eliminate health care disparities by establishing a blueprint for health and health care organizations to provide effective, equitable, understandable, and respectful quality care and services that are responsive to diverse cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy and other communication needs.

Spotlight

Sign our CLAS Standards Pledge (Word, 85 KB, F01215) and formally commit to adopting, promoting and implementing the standards.
Minority Health Officer, Evelyn Cruz, has been licensed as a trainer in Cultural Competency in Health and Human Services ,with specific focus on meeting mandates and recommendations for CLAS.
Webinar: Beyond the Right Thing to Do: The Legal Case for CLAS Implementation. (Webcast, help) Federal Compliance Consulting LLC and Bruce L. Adelson, 2013 All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication prohibited. Linked with permission. For permission to use, distribute, or reproduce this presentation, contact Bruce Adelson at badelson1@comcast.net or 301-762-5272.

Bruce L. Adelson, Esq., national expert on compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, explains the connection between CLAS and these laws. Highly recommended for public health practitioners in all sectors.

National CLAS Standards Blueprint: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care along with a downloadable blueprint to offer guidance and implementation strategies, A Blueprint for Advancing and Sustaining CLAS Policy and Practice (The Blueprint). Learn more.
Language Access Plans:
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published its 2013 Language Access Plan (HHS LAP) ensuring access to the Department's programs and activities to people with limited English proficiency (LEP).
  • As an agency receiving federal funds, Wisconsin DHS is required to establish a language policy and plan to serve Limited English Proficiency (LEP) individuals.

CLAS Partners

Chronic Disease and Cancer Prevention Section

Informational Tools 

National CLAS Standards Fact Sheet (PDF, 59 KB)

Communication Tools

Trainings and Continuing Education

A Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care

Beyond the Right Thing to Do: The Legal Case for CLAS Implementation (Webcast, help)
Federal Compliance Consulting LLC and Bruce L. Adelson, 2013. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication prohibited. Linked with permission. For permission to use, distribute, or reproduce this presentation, contact Bruce Adelson at badelson1@comcast.net or 301-762-5272.

Culturally Competent Nursing Care: A Cornerstone of Caring

Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response

Oral Health Education Initiative

Resources

CLAS Clearinghouse (A compilation of resources and publications on the Web related to the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services.)

Healthy Roads Media (A source of quality health information in many languages and multiple formats.)

IMIA Terminology Resource Database (From the International Medical Interpreters Association, this database includes glossaries, dictionaries, terminology databases, anatomy atlases, nomenclatures, thesauri, lexicons, vocabularies, manuals, encyclopedias and other word-based documents in the fields of medicine and healthcare in the various languages used by IMIA interpreters.)

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Last Revised: July 02, 2014