The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (known as the National CLAS Standards)

The enhanced National CLAS Standards and The Blueprint, their accompanying guidance document, are now available.

The enhanced National CLAS Standards and The Blueprint, their accompanying guidance document, are now available online. A launch event was held April 24, 2013 ,at the The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation's Barbara Jordan Conference Center.

The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (known as the National CLAS Standards) are intended to advance health equity, improve quality and help eliminate health care disparities by establishing a blueprint for organizations to deliver effective, understandable and respectful services at every point of patient contact. Adoption of the National CLAS Standards will help advance better health and health care in the United States.

A Blueprint for Advancing and Sustaining CLAS Policy and Practice (The Blueprint) is a new guidance document for the National CLAS Standards available exclusively on the Think Cultural Health website. The Blueprint describes each Standard's purpose and components. In addition, it provides basic strategies for implementation and a list of resources that provide additional information and guidance.