HHS Releases Roadmap to Advance Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will release updated national standards to help organizations and health care professionals improve quality of care and reduce health disparities. The enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care – also known as CLAS Standards – are a comprehensive series of guidelines that inform, guide, and facilitate practices related to culturally and linguistically appropriate health services.

Disparities in health and health care – including disproportionate rates of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer – have long burdened racial and ethnic minority communities. This announcement builds on the Department’s efforts to reduce health disparities; and ensure all individuals have access to high- quality health care.

WHO: Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS

J. Nadine Gracia, M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, HHS

Leon Rodriguez. J.D., Director of the Office for Civil Rights, HHS

Mayra Alvarez, M.H.A., Director of Public Health, Office of Health Reform, HHS

Richard Umbdenstock, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Hospital


Dennis Andrulis, Ph.D, M.P.H., Senior Research Scientist, Texas Health Institute

Tawara Goode, M.A., Director, National Center for Cultural Competence

WHEN: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

10:00 a.m. ET

WHERE: Barbara Jordan Conference Center

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

1330 G Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20005

NOTE: To watch the briefing LIVE online, visit: http://mindmedia-live1.wm.llnwd.net/mindmedia_Live1.


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