On April 24, the Office of Minority Health released enhanced Cultural and Linguistically Appropriate Standards (CLAS) and accompanying guidance. TheNational CLAS Standards are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by establishing a blueprint for organizations to deliver effective, understandable, and respectful services at every point of patient contact. Adoption of the National CLAS Standards will help advance better health and health care in the United States.
A Blueprint for Advancing and Sustaining CLAS Policy and Practice (The Blueprint) is a new guidance document for the National CLAS Standards available exclusively at www.ThinkCulturalHealth.hhs.gov! The Blueprint describes each Standard's purpose and components. In addition, it provides basic strategies for implementation and a list of resources that provide additional information and guidance.