Cultural & Linguistic Services

Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)

The Office of Minority Health published the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care (CLAS Standards), which provides the framework for all health care organizations to best serve the nation’s increasingly diverse communities. The CLAS Standards are a collective set of mandates, guidelines, and recommendations intended to inform, guide, and facilitate required and recommended practices related to culturally and linguistically appropriate health services. The CLAS Standards provide guidance on improving quality care under three areas in particular: Culturally Competent Care, Language Access Services and Organizational Supports.

National CLAS standards can be found on the Think Cultural Health website.