The National Standards for Culturally Linguistic Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care

The Culturally Linguistic Appropriate Services Standards are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by establishing a blueprint for individuals as well as health and health care organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services that will work to help eliminate health inequities.

Areas that the Chronic Disease Prevention Council is achieving the CLAS Standards:

Governance, Leadership and Workforce:
1.Advance and sustain organizational governance and leadership that promotes CLAS and health equity through policy, practices, and allocated resources: promotion of health equity through CDPC Quarterly Meetings, workgroups, and governing procedures including the Steering Committee and Board.
2. Educate and train governance, leadership, and workforce in culturally and linguistically appropriate policies and practices on an ongoing basis: education completed with CDPC Quarterly Meetings.

Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability:
1. Establish culturally and linguistically appropriate goals, policies, and management accountability, and infuse them throughout the organization’s planning and operations: planning infused in the New Mexico Shared Strategic Plan for Prevention and Control of Chronic Disease.
2. Conduct regular assessments of community health assets and needs and use the results to plan and implement services that respond to the cultural and linguistic diversity of populations in the service area: service response with the factsheet development, multiple chronic video distribution, focus groups in rural areas, and the New Mexico Shared Strategic Plan for Prevention and Control of Chronic Disease.

The document summarizing this information can be found here:
Federal Cultural and Linguistic Barriers