Health Disparity Statement
“The CPYD Coalition utilizes data to;
(1) identify subpopulations vulnerable to disparities (e.g., racial, ethnic, tribal and sexual minority groups) and how they will be engaged in infrastructure activities (e.g., training, collaborations and partnerships, outreach, etc.);
(2) propose a quality improvement plan to decrease the differences in access to, use and outcomes of these infrastructure activities among these subpopulations; and
(3) align the quality improvement plan with the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care.”
One of the most modifiable factors in health disparities is the lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate services, broadly defined as care and services that are respectful of and responsive to the cultural and linguistic needs of all individuals.
Health inequities result in disparities that directly affect the quality of life for all individuals. In the United States, it has been estimated that the combined cost of health disparities and subsequent deaths due to inadequate and/or inequitable care is $1.24 trillion (LaVeist, Gaskin, & Richard, 2009). The enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care provides a structure designed to improve an organization’s ability to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by providing a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
CPYD is proud to share that its current programming takes National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) into account. By using local data and a strategic planning process that is inclusive of our partners, including youth and persons with lived experiences, the coalition supports comprehensive strategies to address those issues that are most relevant to the community, and to foster positive youth development. The coalition’s goal is to reflect the diversity of our community and to have a strategy in place to ensure that all community voices are being engaged.