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CLAS Matters! Helping People Achieve Their Full Health Potential (December Series)

The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.



 CLAS Matters! is a virtual training taking place from 9:00 AM12:00 PM CT on the following dates:

December 1, 2021

December 8, 2021

December 15, 2021




A three-part training on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care

This interactive training will help participants learn about the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS), and how they can be implemented to improve culturally informed care, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and advance equity and inclusion in behavioral health care.

CLAS Matters! training includes a Change Leader Academy in January 2022 with a focus on implementing CLAS Standards. Participants will receive an invitation to register for the NIATx Change Leader Academy at the conclusion of CLAS Matters.  




  • Discuss the rationale for culturally-informed practice in behavioral health settings.
  • Define health equity and inclusion and how they correlate to patient and provider challenges in service delivery.
  • State benefits of integrating CLAS in potential technological approaches to patient care and support.
  • Assess your role in implementing the National CLAS Standards.
  • Identify strategies to help clients achieve their full health potential.




Participants who attend this training in full will be eligible to receive 9 NAADAC continuing education hours. Partial credit will not be awarded.   




Alfredo Cerrato Head Shot

Alfredo Cerrato is the Senior Cultural and Workforce Development Officer for the Great Lakes Mental Health, Addiction, and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers. He is also a nationally-certified trainer on Culture: An Integral Part of Mental Health Services for Hispanic and Latino Populations. Mr. Cerrato has 25 years of international relations and development experience and specializes in cross-cultural communications, cultural dynamics, conflict resolution, and process improvement topics. His international work includes building orphan care models for children and the elderly in housing, healthcare, and economic aid. In addition, he has conducted advocacy, policy, and disaster relief work in Northern Ireland, Honduras, Peru, Brazil, Japan, Sri Lanka, and other locations across the globe, producing innovative models of care for underrepresented populations.  Mr. Cerrato’s work at the Great Lakes projects focuses on working with Hmong, Hispanic and Latino, African American, and Native American communities.



Starts: Dec. 1, 2021 9:00 am
Ends: Dec. 15, 2021 12:00 pm
Registration Deadline
December 1, 2021
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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