AARP Connecticut is a member of the growing Connecticut Multicultural Health Partnership, a statewide coalition that is working to develop and implement a state plan to identify and address health disparities and multicultural health issues. There are currently over 200 individual members of the Partnership, representing health and social service organizations, public health entities, advocacy and coalition groups, colleges and universities, small businesses and community members.
A major focus of the Partnership is the implementation of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care (CLAS Standards) in Connecticut. The Office of Minority Health, a division of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, formally adopted the CLAS standards in March 2001. The standards fall under three main themes:
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