Office of Minority Health

HHS enhances CLAS standards

Posted on April 24, 2013

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health released enhanced standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in health care settings. There are many determinants that inhibit the achievement of health equity, and the implementation of CLAS is one mechanism by which disparities can begin to be whittled away. Building upon the original 2000 standards, National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Standards in Health and Health Care: A Blueprint for Advancing and Sustaining CLAS Policy and Practice is designed to provide an organization with the information and tools necessary to mitigate health care disparities and achieve health equity by using CLAS. The enhanced standards aim to improve health equality within health care settings by addressing the categories of (1) governance, leadership, and workforce, (2) communication and language assistance, and (3) engagement, continuous improvement, and accountability.

A synopsis of the enhanced CLAS standards is also available.

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HHS awards more than $14 million for patient-centered outcomes research

Posted on September 15, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $14.2 million to develop and test interventions based on patient-centered outcomes research among racial and ethnic minority populations. The National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities awarded grants to universities and medical schools to five states, and the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health awarded a contract to Westat, Inc, of Rockville, MD.

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