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    National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

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    The National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards in Health and Health Care serve as a guide to advance and sustain culturally and linguistically appropriate services within organizations. Review the CLAS Standards and identify one that most resonates with you, or is most relevant to your interests in public health. Prepare a rationale for the implementation of you selected standard.

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    The CLAS standards are very important in healthcare to ensure equality in healthcare, to improve quality of the service, and to eliminate healthcare disparities due to race and ethnicity. Each individual standard is very important and the absence of just one may greatly diminish a health professional's (or organization's) ability to meet a patient's needs in a culturally and linguistically (a.k.a. language) sensitive manner. Therefore, all 15 standards should be implemented into any and all health care organizations. By definition, according to the American Psychological Association, "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 (APA, 2013)".

    As there are 15 standards and all are extremely necessary to ensure a culturally sensitive organization, there are several that will likely stand out to you. One very important standard is: "Partner with the community to design, implement and ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution describes the importance of the CLAS standards. It also includes a discussion on two specific standards and describes the importance of implementing them into healthcare organizations. References provided.