Introduction to Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) and Minority Health Disparities

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards of the USDHHS Office of Minority Health and how they impact the ethical responsibilities of medical service providers.
  • Define “health disparities” and how they disproportionately affect ethnic and racial minority populations in the United States.
  • Recognize that “ethnicity,” “race,” and “culture” are fluid categories that overlap and also include other aspects of identity that can include religion, sexual orientation, gender, class, etc.
  • Describe the practice of “cultural competence” in the health care setting.
  • Successfully navigate a Mexican American patient with limited English proficiency through the process of establishing culturally and linguistically care and obtaining referrals for treatment of her asthma.
  • Utilize the 7 basic components of asthma care and management according the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (2007).

Additional Information

Virtual Lecture Hall
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 ABMS MOC II
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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John Bormanis, PhD

Dr. Bormanis is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Bormanis' research interests include cross-cultural communication, medical education, gender studies, and the intersection of health and spirituality. Dr. Bormanis is a co-author of the Virtual Lecture Hall course "Delivering Culturally Competent Care: Managing Type 2 Diabetes in Diverse Populations."

Disclosure: Dr. Bormanis states that he does not have any financial arrangements that could constitute a conflict of interest.

1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

1.50 Part II MOC points are available for these specialty board(s) (Optional):

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
    • Credit Type: Medical Knowledge
    • Practice Areas: Internal Medicine

ACCME/AMA PRA Accreditation Statement

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Recognition Statement(s)

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.50 Medical Knowledge Part II MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.
If you elect to receive MOC credit for this course, you give permission for to share your information and activity completion data with the ACCME and the specialty board(s) chosen through the ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).

Available Credit

  • 1.50 ABMS MOC II
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


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