142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Do You Have CLAS?: A statewide initiative to improve knowledge of CLAS standards among providers, students and consumers

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stacey Brown, PhD , Community Medicine and Healthcare, UConn School of Medicine, Farmington, CT
Rasy Mar, MPH , Community Based Education, University of Connecticut School Medicine, Farmington, CT
Karen Sears, PhD , Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Denison University, Granville, OH
Maritza Bond, MPH , Connecticut, Eastern Area Health Education Center, Willimantic, CT
In 2013, the Connecticut Multicultural State Partnership (CMHP), a non-profit health advocacy group, received a federal grant to specifically address racial and ethnic health disparities by increasing the adoption and implementation of the National CLAS Standards. The multifaceted approach includes: base-line surveys, onsite workshops, web-based courses and electronic resources.

The first phase of the work is progressing and involves: (1) the design and distribution of two baseline surveys to identify existing organizations that have adopted CLAS Standards and how/whether health professions students are being introduced to CLAS standards and (2) statewide trainings to healthcare organizations, health professions students and patients with limited English proficiency. Workshops include speakers, special topic breakout groups and opportunities for discussion and interaction around the rationale underlying CLAS standards in health care. Each workshop is tailored to the audience and areas in which they serve (e.g. health disparities related to the populations in the geographical area).

Preliminary results with 110 participants to date demonstrate significant increase in (1) awareness of health disparities, (2) knowledge of CLAS standards and (3) ability to identify resources to advocate for the utilization of CLAS standards. In particular, health professions students and patients have expressed their lack of CLAS Standards knowledge prior to the workshops and commitment to sharing the information with others.

Ultimately the goal is to improve individual organizations understanding of and increase their adoption and application of the CLAS standards, as well as arm patients with information regarding their rights to quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Explain the significance of federal Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards Describe how to promote and implement CLAS Standards to multiple audiences Identify strategies for integrating principles of health equity as a cross-cutting priority in organizational strategic planning and state health improvement efforts Describe strategies for building successful partnerships in public health and health equity

Keyword(s): Cultural Competency, Health Disparities/Inequities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My training, research and curriculum development involve: social stratification, racial and ethnic health disparities, LGBT health and mothering. My research explores the impact of structural inequality on the mental and physical health of marginalized groups. I am responsible for developing and implementing curricula for medical, public health and sociology students as well as faculty and community trainings for patients. Trainings include but are not limited to: cultural competency, language access, medical interpretation, and patient advocacy.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.