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MHHD : Cultural And Linguistic Competency

​​​​​​​​​​​​Cultural and Linguistic Competency & Health Literacy

Maryland is embarking upon a major transformation of its health delivery system.  Health care delivery organizations and providers that serve minority populations are taking on the attributes of being a more Culturally Competent and Health Literate organization, in order to maintain, treat, and recruit diverse patient populations in continuous care and to help them stay healthy. 

With an aim to facilitate this transformation, the Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) has focused its efforts by adopting a two pronged effort to provide information, data, resources, and training pertaining to cultural competency, linguistic competency, and health literacy to health and healthcare groups serving diverse communities in Maryland. 

Maryland CLAS Standards Training Project

MHHD is its third cycle of the Federal Partnership Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health.   MHHD will focus its activities on the implementation of cultural competency and workforce diversity initiatives.  MHHD is working with several partners to implement the Maryland Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards Training Project.  Click Here for the CLAS Standards Training Project Fact Sheet.

MHHD is providing training and promoting adoption of the enhanced National CLAS Standards (2013) for health care delivery organizations in Maryland (hospitals, patient-centered medical homes, federally-qualified health centers, and organizations within the Health Enterprise Zones).  The training highlights and illustrates how specific strategies within the CLAS Standards can assist health care delivery organizations to achieve key quality improvement and performance objectives.

MHHD is also working with the Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance (MOTA) Program to develop a training toolkit for use by community outreach workers to educate minority communities and healthcare delivery organizations about the CLAS Standards.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency and Health Literacy Training Initiative

Through authority granted to MHHD in the Maryland Health General Code Section § 20-1004 to § 2​0-1007​ and in the Maryland Health Improvement and Disparities Reduction Act of 2012 Article 10-731, MHHD is tasked with providing cultural and linguistic competency and health literacy training to the leadership and front line staff of the Health Enterprise Zones, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Connector Program, local health departments and other health-related groups.

The goals of this training initiative are to (1) increase the levels of cultural and linguistic competence of leadership and staff in health and healthcare organizations, and (2) increase staff awareness and understanding of, and respect for, the diverse cultures and beliefs of the client populations they serve so that they can help clients make informed healthcare decisions.

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Cultural Competency, Health Literacy, Language Services, and Workforce Diversity Resources



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and Mental Hygiene
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