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Advancing Health Equity at Every Point of Contact

November 2015

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Greetings from the Center for Linguistic and Cultural Competence in Health Care (CLCCHC)! This has been an exciting year for health equity. We commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health, also known as the Heckler Report, the first comprehensive study of the health status of racial and ethnic minorities conducted by the U.S. government.

In a recent interview with the American Heart Association, the Director of the Office of Minority Health, Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, discussed the prevalence of health disparities in the United States in the three decades following the publication of the Heckler Report. Click here to read the interview and learn more about our nation’s progress toward ending health disparities, as well as what still needs to be done to address them. Dr. Gracia also spoke with The Nation’s Health, a publication of the American Public Health Association, about policy initiatives that promote health equity. You may read excerpts of this Q&A here and listen to the entire podcast here.

We also celebrated the second anniversary of the enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care, and we’re sharing with you a few States’ efforts related to CLAS and the National CLAS Standards in this newsletter.

Do you have insights, ideas, or questions regarding health equity or CLAS? If so, we invite you to contact us at

The National CLAS Standards in Action

Since the enhanced National CLAS Standards' publication in 2013, we’re pleased to see many entities across the country adopt the Standards, including several states who have created toolkits, trainings, and other materials to guide organizations’ implementation of the Standards.

We would love to hear how your organization is adopting and implementing the National CLAS Standards. Share your experiences with us at

What Are We Up To?

We will present on Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes: An E-learning Program for Promotores de Salud at the 13th Annual Promotor and Community Health Worker Conference in Ontario, California on December 12, 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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