Prevention Activity 2A: CLAS Standards

To meet the activity outlined under prevention as:

Provide and assess the impact of culturally and linguistically appropriate education to improve family members’, caregivers’, and the public’s understanding of evidence-based treatments and prevention strategies for SUD/OUD

COP-RCORP has decided to ensure that all local consortia and our master consortium have developed plans to address meeting CLAS standards.COP-RCORP is taking a workgroup approach to meet this goal wherein designated members of each local consortia work independently on reviewing the standards and meet bi-weekly to develop a plan.

The CLAS standards are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by establishing a blueprint for health and health care organizations to:

Principal Standard

Provide effective, equitable, understandable, and respectful quality care and services that are responsive to diverse cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy, and other communication needs.

14 other Standards related to:

Governance, Leadership and Workforce, Communication and Language Assistance, Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability

Initial Resources

Everyone may have different experience levels and familiarity with the CLAS standards. The following CLAS standards resources are a good way to introduce the concepts.

1. 2-page Written Overview: a handy reference of the 15 standards, organized by thematic areas.
2. Basic Fundamentals Overview Video (44 minutes long): The first 25 minutes provide an overview and fundamentals of the CLAS standards. The remaining 20 minutes cover resources that might be helpful for future reference. 3. More In-depth Videos: If you are already familiar with the standards and want to review something more in-depth, here is a link to profession-specific e-learning programs. Please note you will need to create a free account to watch these and many are a series of videos. COP-RCORP has created the following questions to guide discussion as members reviewed these resources:
What is something you learned? What is a question you have? How could the consortium expand its resources about CLAS standards? What other resources do you know about that could be helpful?

Getting Started

Assess Implementation The slide deck below is meant to guide conversation about the standards. After a chance to share ideas and thoughts as well as solution-find regarding group questions, each local consortium and the master consortium can independently assess implementation status for the activities related to CLAS standards using the checklist below. Based on the checklist from Think Cultural Health, COP-RCORP has developed a fillable checklist with guiding questions to help facilitate moving forward in addressing these standards (included in the checklist document). SLIDES CHECKLIST


On our Second meeting, we completed a group SWOT together to help leadership glean insights about the group’s overall S-W-O-T and move toward the master consortium deliverable (vision/mission statement, guidance doc). Communities then completed a community-level SWOT (looking across all standards from their completed checklist). After the SWOT is completed, communities answered reflection questions. The purpose of the reflection questions is to begin the prioritization process (what 2-3 standards the community will choose to focus on for action planning). SLIDES SWOT worksheet

Action Planning

Creating a Shared Vision

Sustainability and Accountability

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