You are visiting us from Virginia. You are located in HHS Region 3. Your Center is Central East ATTC.

NIATx Change Leader Academy–CLAS Standards

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

August 2 and 3, 2021
1:00–4:00pm Central
2:00–5:00pm Eastern

This training consists of two 3-hour training sessions and four optional follow-up coaching sessions. Dates and times for the follow-up sessions to be advised. 

The NIATx model of process improvement provides a team-based framework for making and sustaining change.  The National CLAS Standards are a set of 15 benchmarks that organizations can use to address healthcare disparities and build equity and inclusion.

Many of us are familiar with the CLAS Standards but lack an effective strategy for putting them into action. Join the NIATx Change Leader Academy-CLAS Standards to learn how to use NIATx tools to select, implement, and sustain a specific CLAS standard.  


  • Learn how to lead a NIATx change project using the essential NIATx tools 
  • Review the National Standards for CLAS
  • Select a change project aim focused on implementing a CLAS Standard



Participants who complete the two-session training in full will receive a certificate for 5.5 NAADAC Continuing Education hours. An additional 3 NAADAC Continuing Education hours will be available to participants who complete the four optional follow-up coaching sessions.


Mat Roosa Mat Roosa was a founding member of NIATx and has been a NIATx coach for a wide range of projects. He works as a consultant in quality improvement, organizational development, and planning, evidence-based practice implementation. His experience includes direct clinical practice in mental health and substance use services, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and human service agency administration.






AlfredoAlfredo Cerrato is the Senior Cultural and Workforce Development Officer for the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC. He is also a nationally certified trainer on topics for Hispanic and Latino populations and a trainer on cultural topics for NAADAC. Mr. Cerrato has 25 years of international relations experience and specializes in cross-cultural communications, conflict resolution, and process improvement topics. He has conducted advocacy, policy, and disaster relief work in Northern Ireland, Honduras, Peru, Brazil, Japan, Sri Lanka, and other locations across the globe. His new focus here at home has been working with Hmong, Hispanic and Latino, and Native American communities through intensive technical assistance, curriculum development, and the NIATx Change Leader Academy.




Harold GatesHarold Gates, MSSW, CISW, HS-BCPCultural Competence Expert:  Harold is the president and co-founder of the Midwest Center for Cultural Competence, LLC, which was established in 2003. The Center provides training, education, and consultation for organizations that are seeking to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services, with the goal of helping to create a culturally competent multicultural community.

Harold believes it’s critical that service providers model empathy and compassion for those whom they are providing services for. Mr. Gates has used his expertise to benefit the Madison community and beyond.  He served as a cultural diversity consultant at the Mental Health Center of Dane County for 15 years. Additionally, he was on the Human Services Program faculty at Madison College for over 25 years.

Currently, Harold serves as a cultural competence consultant, co-chairing the Cultural Competence Strategic Planning committee in the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Medicaid Services and advising on issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Harold is also co-founder of three community-based groups: Dane County Multiracial Alliance, The Multiracial Alliance of Wisconsin and The Interracial Families Network. He holds an MSSW in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA in Chinese Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Starts: Aug. 2, 2021 1:00 pm
Ends: Aug. 3, 2021 4:00 pm
Registration Deadline
August 2, 2021
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
Hosted by
Contact Us for More Info