MA DPH CLAS Initiative

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health CLAS Initiative develops and implements the national Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards within DPH programs and agencies who receive direct service grants from DPH.  The national CLAS Standards were developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2000. The standards offer a framework to address the structural, clinical, and organizational barriers that contribute to health disparities.