The CLAS Standards

The 15 enhanced federal National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards are a set of recommended action steps intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities.

The National CLAS Standards were originally released in 2001 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Office of Minority Health (OMH). Then in 2013, as a result of the HHS OMH’s 2010-2012 Enhancement Initiative, the enhanced National CLAS Standards were released, which consist of 15 operating principles that provide health and health care organizations with a blueprint for successfully implementing and maintaining culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

The Alliance for CLAS is designed in accordance with the 15 enhanced federal National CLAS Standards and other best practice cultural competency models in order to improve agencies’ outcomes among diverse racial, ethnic, linguistic, sexual minority, and other cultural populations.

Contact us today to see how the Alliance for CLAS can assist your organization in implementing the enhanced federal CLAS Standards at (916) 285-1810 or by clicking here.

Essential Documents Pertaining to the Enhanced National CLAS Standards:

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