Category Archives: Cultural Competency: Frameworks

Office for Minority Health: Compendium of State-Level Activities and Legislation on National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) has published a compendium of state-sponsored activities and an interactive map listing state legislative activities implementing its National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS). … Continue reading

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Joint Commission: Crosswalk of National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services with Hospital Accreditation Standards

This is a crosswalk of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health’s National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) with the Joint Commission’s Hospital Accreditation Standards. The CLAS standards were “enhanced”, or updated, … Continue reading

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Health Research and Education Trust: Building a Culturally Competent Health Care Organization

This guide from the Health Research and Education Trust, the research and education affiliate of the American Hospital Association, describes how hospitals and other health care organizations can become more culturally competent.  A culturally competent health care system is one … Continue reading

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Texas Health Institute: Implementing Cultural and Linguistic Requirements in Health Insurance Exchanges

This comprehensive policy analysis from the Texas Health Institute examines the cultural competency and linguistic access requirements for health insurance exchanges, or marketplaces, being established through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  There are eight provisions in the ACA … Continue reading

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Office of Minority Health: Enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) has released its long-awaited “enhanced” National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care.  The original CLAS standards were issued by OMH … Continue reading

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National Quality Forum: Assessment of Quality Measures for “Disparities-Sensitivity”

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has developed an assessment tool to evaluate whether health care quality measures are “sensitive” in measuring health care disparities.  As part of the integration of equity into health care quality improvement, NQF proposes to evaluate … Continue reading

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American Academy of Pediatrics: Policy Statement on Ensuring Culturally Effective Pediatric Care

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued this policy statement on culturally effective care in 2004. Link to Original Source

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National Quality Forum Seeks Comments on Draft Healthcare Disparities and Cultural Competency Measures

The National Quality Forum is seeking public comments on its draft Healthcare Disparities and Cultural Competency Measures.  One essential step to improving the quality of healthcare performance is to eliminate disparities in care. Healthcare disparities may be exacerbated by many … Continue reading

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National Quality Forum Requests Public Comments on Healthcare Disparities and Cultural Competency Measures

The National Quality Forum is requesting public comments on a commissioned paper from the Disparities Solutions Center describing issues regarding the selection and evaluation of disparity-sensitive quality measures, methodological issues with disparities measurement, and cross-cutting measurement gaps in disparities.  The paper and … Continue reading

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APIAHF Cross-Walks on Office of Minority Health’s Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum has prepared two cross-walks related to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health’s (OMH) National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS).  The first cross-walk compares … Continue reading

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