Think Cultural Health News

Advancing Health Equity at Every Point of Contact

February 2015

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Welcome to the February 2015 edition of Think Cultural Health News! In this issue, we are pleased to announce several new and improved resources that Think Cultural Health will offer this year, and share with you our 2015 plans for implementing and evaluating the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care. Keep reading to learn more!

We invite you to visit Think Cultural Health throughout the year, whether to take one of our e-learning programs, browse our CLAS Clearinghouse, or stay updated on state legislation related to CLAS; we also encourage you to send us your feedback and questions you may have to Thank you for your continued dedication to advancing health equity!

Think Cultural Health: 2015 Updates

In recognition of the growth in the field of culturally and linguistically appropriate services over the past several years, we are revising several Think Cultural Health resources to reflect current literature, resources, and practices. Last month, we re-released A Physician's Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care, an e-learning program accredited for physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Similarly, we are currently updating Culturally Competent Nursing Care: A Cornerstone of Caring, an e-learning program accredited for nurses and social workers, as well as A Patient-Centered Guide for Implementing Language Access Services , an e-resource to help health care organizations meet the communication needs of patients with limited English proficiency.

In 2015, Think Cultural Health will also offer a new e-learning program, Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes! It is designed for promotores de salud (community health workers), and will be available in Spanish and English for both individual and group learning. This e-learning program aims to build the capacity of promotores de salud to empower community members to make healthy choices and changes, both individually and as a community.

We are excited to share these resources with you! Stay tuned for more information about their publication.

National CLAS Standards: 2015 Implementation and Evaluation Activities

In 2013, the HHS Office of Minority Health published the enhanced National CLAS Standards, a tool that aims to help organizations advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate heath care disparities. Subsequently, the Office of Minority Health and the Health Determinants and Disparities Practice at SRA have led several implementation and evaluation efforts related to the National CLAS Standards. Our implementation efforts focus on communications, dissemination (i.e., presentations and publications), inclusion of the National CLAS Standards in federal grant language, collaborations, and more. Activities underway include the development of a webinar series describing the case for the National CLAS Standards and implementation strategies, as well as a plan to forge strategic partnerships with key stakeholders to increase awareness and support implementation of the National CLAS Standards.

This year, we are also kicking off a National CLAS Standards evaluation project! It focuses specifically on the processes of awareness, knowledge acquisition, adoption, and implementation of the National CLAS Standards among a small sample of health and health care organizations across the United States. We are eager to learn and share what is learned about the National CLAS Standards’ implementation in health and health care organizations across the country, and are looking forward to sharing more about this project with you in the future.

We would love to hear from you! What are your organization’s activities related to CLAS and National CLAS Standards? We invite you to share with us your CLAS-related questions, experiences, and lessons learned at

What Are We Up To?

We will present on the National CLAS Standards at the 19th Annual National Hispanic Medical Association Conference, which is being held in Washington, D.C. from March 27 to 29, 2015. We hope to see you there!

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

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