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Delivering Responsive and Respectful Health Care: CLAS Overview and Additional Resources

A four-part introduction to culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS)

To promote health equity, Comagine Health is providing a series of articles to help you and your organization become more familiar with the National CLAS Standards. The purpose of this series is to provide you with training resources for implementing CLAS standards, tools to develop a CLAS implementation plan and resources to update beneficiary-engagement products that will ensure that CLAS considerations are included to advance health equity.

Part 4: CLAS Overview and Additional Resources

Are you ready to start implementing Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards so all patients can receive high quality-care to improve their health outcomes and attain their full health potential? Even if you are already familiar with CLAS, we have included a few resources that may be helpful to the delivery of CLAS Standards.

Tools to Implement CLAS

  • The CLAS Toolkit provides a practical guide to implementing the National CLAS Standards. This toolkit provides targeted interventions that can be adapted to any health care setting to advance health equity. This may be used as a guide to implement CLAS standards, and it provides examples on integrating CLAS into health care settings.
  • Develop a CLAS Implementation Action Plan using the HHS CLAS Checklist (pages 4-8).

CLAS Training Resources

Additional Resources

These resources will help you to advance health equity, improve care quality and help eliminate disparities. We hope you found this article series to serve as a blueprint to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Please fill out this post-survey to provide feedback to this series. This survey will also be used as we understand how these standards may be applied in your practice. We will use the information gleaned from the survey questions to shape our activities to support providers in implementing National CLAS Standards, and in other efforts to reduce health disparities and achieve health equity.