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Health Equity

“Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.”

Promoting health equity, meaning everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible, is a priority for behavioral health services in Connecticut. Existing disparities based on race, ethnicity, language, and other dimensions of identity contribute to a lack of access to quality care and can disproportionately impact health outcomes.

Connecting to Care CT uses the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Healthcare framework developed by the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health  and Human Services: https://thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov/clas. Building off of the National CLAS Standards and in alignment with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) racial justice framework, Connecting to Care CT offers a blueprint for child- and family-serving organizations to implement racially just and culturally and linguistically appropriate services that will advance health equity, improve the quality of services, and help eliminate racial and ethnic disparities.

The National CLAS Standards Include 4 Thematic Areas with 15 Action Steps:

  • The Principal Standard
  • Governance, Leadership, and Workforce
  • Communication and Language Assistance
  • Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability
View the National CLAS Standards

The CLAS toolkit Advancing Health Equity and Racial Justice in Children’s Behavioral Health guides organizations through the process of developing a health equity plan.


Learn more about free training and consultation available in Connecticut in our Connecting with CLAS catalog.

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