Enhanced CLAS Standards

The Office of Minority Health of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has launched the enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care. First developed in 2000, the CLAS standards are intended to advance health equity, improve quality and help eliminate health care disparities by establishing a blueprint for health and health care organizations. The principal standard is to provide effective, equitable, understandable and respectful quality care and services that are responsive to diverse cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy and other communication needs. For additional information, including free online educational program accredited for physicians and other, visit https://www.thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov/

Contact:

Alicia Luchowski, MPH
Director
Health Care for Underserved Women/ LARC Program
aluchowski@acog.org