Introduction to the C.L.A.S. Standards
This activity includes physician ethics credit.
Release Date: 08/15/2019
Expiration Date: 08/15/2020
Format: Enduring Online Material
This activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and public health professionals.
Statement of Need
Healthy People 2020 and Joint Commission mandate that patients and people, in general, receive healthcare information in a manner that they can understand. The CLAS Standards, adopted by Texas, provide insight into the disparities that exist as a result of language and cultural barriers. The CLAS Standards also provide solutions regarding mitigating these disparities through the use of health literacy practices and cultural humility. This training lays out the standards and best practices to improve healthcare communication and therefore, improve understanding and outcomes.
Learning Goal and Outcome
Learning Goal: Participants will increase knowledge and skills in providing culturally competent care for patients and clients.
Learning Outcome: Participants will apply best practices to overcome barriers and bias to improve health equity and minimize health disparities for their patients and clients.
Upon completion of this activity, learners should be able to:1. Identify the historical context of CLAS.
2. Differentiate between equality and equity.
3. Recognize cultural differences experienced.
4. Explain the value of implementing CLAS.
FacultyTeresa Wagner, DrPH, MS, CPH,
Assistant Professor, UNTHSC Public Health Education
Dr. Wagner currently works for SaferCare Texas as a Senior Fellow addressing health literacy. In that role, she has established a multi-stakeholder health literacy collaborative in conjunction with the DFW Hospital Council Foundation and testified on health literacy legislation in Texas. Her testimony helped with getting health literacy into the State Health Plan. She has delivered multiple programs, speaking engagements, and training on health literacy issues. She recently received the 2018 Health Literacy Hero Award at the Texas Health Literacy Conference for her efforts to elevate health literacy and develop a culture of health literacy throughout Texas.
Jessica Rangel, MS, RN, CCA
Director, SaferCare TX
Jessica Maack Rangel, MS, RN, CCA, member of the American Society of Professional in Patient Safety, is an accomplished clinician, Patient Safety Expert, and system Patient Safety Officer with over 30 years’ experience in both the national and international healthcare environments. She is the Director of SaferCare Texas, a department within UNTHSC that is comprised of interprofessional patient safety experts with the mission of challenging traditional thinking to eliminate preventable harm. As a clinician in the Emergency, Shock-Trauma Departments, Flight Nursing and Instructor, she understands the value of an eclectic approach to person-centered care that is free from harm.
Faculty and Disclosures
In accordance with the appropriate accrediting bodies, all planners, teachers, and authors with control over activity content are required to disclose to the provider any relevant financial relationships (those held by the planner or significant other, currently or within the last 12 months) with commercial interests. Accredited providers are required to provide this information to learners before the start of an activity.
The UNT Health Science Center INCEDO office planning team has anything to disclose.
Dr. Teresa Wagner, MS, CPH and Jessica Rangel, MS, RN, CCA have nothing to disclose as faculty for this module.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
This knowledge-based activity has been assigned 0845-0000-19-036-H04-P and will award 1 contact hour (0.1 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit in states that recognize ACPE providers.
Statements of participation will indicate hours and CEUs based on participation and will be issued online at the conclusion of the activity. Successful completion includes completing the activity, its accompanying evaluation and/or posttest (score 70% or higher) and requesting credit online at the conclusion of the activity. Credit will be uploaded to CPE Monitor, and participants may print a statement of credit or transcript from their NABP e-profile. UNTHSC complies with the Accreditation Standards for Continuing Pharmacy Education.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 1hour of AOA Category 1B CME credits. Approval is currently pending.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center has determined that this CME activity provides hours towards the Texas State Board of Medical Examiner's standard, annual ethics/professional responsibility requirement.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Patient care and Procedure Skills
- System-based Practice
- Provide patient-centered care
- Employ evidence-based practice
- Roles and Responsibilities
This activity is approved for 1 credit(s) accepted by the National Board of Public Health Examiners' Certified Public Health (CPH) recertification program.
UNT Health Science Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. (08/22/2019 to 06/26/2020)
This activity provides up to 1 contact hour.
Statements of participation will indicate hours and CEUs based on participation and will be issued online at the conclusion of the activity. Successful completion includes completing the activity, its accompanying evaluation and/or posttest (score 70% or higher) and requesting credit online at the conclusion of the activity.
Nursing-Calfornia Board of Nursing
UNT Health Science Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 16274. This activity is approved for 1 Contact Hours. (06/26/2020-08/22/2021)
This activity is approved for a maximum of 1 Clock Hours for Social Workers.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center certifies this activity for 1 hour of participation.
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Institutional Review Board
Data collected as part of this activity may be analyzed as part of educational research to study the effectiveness of interventions. This project is included under UNTHSC IRB protocol #2017-056.
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