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



The Great Lakes ATTC offers this training for behavioral workforce professionals in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI. This training is offered in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.


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.




The growing diversity of the US population requires that providers become as adept as possible in providing culturally appropriate services. This interactive training will help participants learn about the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS), and how to apply them to provide culturally-informed care, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and advance health equity and inclusion.



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




Participants who fully attend all three training sessions will receive 6 NAADAC continuing education hours




July 13, 2021  10:00  12:00 PM, Central Time

July 20, 2021  10:00  12:00 PM, Central Time

July 27, 2021  10:00  12:00 PM, Central Time




Alfredo Cerrato Head ShotAlfredo 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: Jul. 13, 2021 10:00 am
Ends: Jul. 27, 2021 12:00 pm
Registration Deadline
July 13, 2021
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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