Think Cultural Health News

Advancing Health Equity at Every Point of Contact

August 2014

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Greetings from the Center for Linguistic and Cultural Competence in Health Care (CLCCHC) at the HHS Office of Minority Health!

Have you logged into Join the CLCCHC lately? Join the CLCCHC now offers a webinar catalog! Keep reading below to learn more.

In addition to the webinar catalog, you will also find video case studies that provide educational opportunities for a variety of specialty areas, including pediatrics, obstetrics, and surgery. The newest educational resource, Stopping Discrimination Before it Starts: The Impact of Civil Rights Laws on Healthcare Disparities, offers a curriculum designed for medical students. Join the CLCCHC also offers a Community Calendar where members post upcoming events and conferences pertaining to health equity.

As a member, you have special access to our "Ask the Expert" feature where you may submit your questions about culturally and linguistically appropriate services for our team to answer. Plus, you can access previous editions of this e-newsletter.

Click on Join the CLCCHC to access these resources! We hope you enjoy the latest features of your membership. If you have ideas about what you would like to see added in the future, let us know at

As always, thank you for your dedication to advancing health equity!

Join the CLCCHC's Latest Webinar:National CLAS Standards for Grant Reviewers

Earlier this summer, Think Cultural Health introduced a new feature to Join the CLCCHC. A webinar catalog was added! Now, you can access learning tools quickly and easily. For example, grant reviewers will be interested in the latest webinar, "National CLAS Standards for Grant Reviewers." This webinar provides grant reviewers with the most current knowledge about cultural and linguistic competence from the HHS Office of Minority Health's National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care. Since many funding organizations now require or recommend that applicants demonstrate cultural and linguistic competence, the webinar will help grant reviewers become more knowledgeable about culturally and linguistically appropriate services and the ways in which they may be demonstrated in grant applications.

As a CLCCHC member, you have easy access to the webinar catalog. Just click here! If you have a suggestion for a webinar topic, let us know at

Crosswalk: National CLAS Standards and The Joint Commission's Hospital Accreditation Program

The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the Think Cultural Health team, has developed a crosswalk comparing the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care to The Joint Commission's 2015 Hospital Accreditation Program.

Did you know that several of The Joint Commission's accreditation standards overlap with National CLAS Standards? This crosswalk helps healthcare professionals and organizations better gage their progress in implementing both the National CLAS Standards and The Joint Commission's by understanding where the two sets of standards intersect.

Click here to access the crosswalk!

Upcoming Events

The following conferences will feature presentations on the National CLAS Standards. We hope to see you there!

Do you have an event you would like to share with the TCH team and members of the CLCCHC community? Submit the event to our Community Calendar.