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CLAS Initiative Committees

The CLAS Initiative relies on the use of subcommittees to address and end health disparities.

The CLAS Initiative relies on the use of subcommittees to move our work forward. We aim to address and end health disparities for racial, ethnic, linguistic, and gender minorities, as well as individuals with disabilities.

Both Department of Public Health (DPH) staff and non-DPH staff and community members are invited to join.

Meetings usually occur monthly, though some subcommittees meet more often. Most meetings take place at:

DPH Central Office
250 Washington St.
Boston MA 02108

Subcommittee members can also take part through conference call.

Committee Descriptions: 2010-2011

Community Participation



Evaluation and Internal Assessment

To oversee implementation of evaluation plan

  • Approve evaluation plan
  • Work with project coordinator and evaluator to ensure proper data collection
  • Review evaluation reports

Coordinating Committee

To provide leadership to the CLAS Initiative.

To ensure Initiative meeting objectives stated in work plan

  • Engage in strategic planning
  • Review products developed by committees
  • Oversee implementation of  work plan
  • Oversee evaluation of initiative
  • Identify strategic alliances

Contract Management/Quality Improvement

To support contract managers in long-term implementation of the CLAS standards

  • Develop guidance manual
  • Identify what technical assistance will be needed for DPH contract managers and grantees regarding implementation of standards

Procurement /RFR

To develop CLAS specific tools for the DPH procurement process

  • Develop tools during procurement: e.g. CLAS Guidance, Agency Staff Demographic Table, CLAS Agency Self-Assessment Form
  • Periodic review of utilization and efficacy of tools
  • Provide technical assistance to DPH programs implementing CLAS procurement tools


  • Create learning tools for internal MDPH staff, external agencies and vendors
  • Set implementation standards and present promising practices for providing the following to MA residents:
    • culturally competent services
    • language access services
    • culturally competent administrative structures
  • To create training program for DPH workforce and vendors around culturally and linguistically appropriate service delivery.
  • To increase DPH staff awareness around racial, ethnic and linguistic health disparities and strategies to eliminate them.
  • Identify areas where technical assistance is needed (both DPH staff and vendors)
  • Engage in curriculum development
  • Integrate into DPH training resources
  • Organize community/academic speakers
  • Ensure training across MA


To determine how to best communicate role, goals and objectives of the DPH CLAS Initiative to DPH workforce and vendors

  • Develop and implement communications plan
  • Proposed ideas: brown bag series, CLAS e-update
  • Advise on website content

Community Participation

To identify and sustain community voice in CLAS Initiative

  • Review ways community voice incorporated into DPH Initiatives
  • Determine how best to incorporate community participation in CLAS
  • Create the infrastructure to support community participation
  • Recruit community members into CLAS Initiative


To increase membership of CLAS Subcommittee Structure, To ensure longevity of the CLAS Initiative

  • Develop recruitment and retention plans
  • Implement multi-year recruitment campaign