Cultural & Linguistic Competency Tool Kit

A compilation of resources and information designed to help organizations address cultural and linguistic barriers.


Culture Tool: created by the Catholic Health System in Buffalo to increase knowledge about different cultural groups and languages, belief practices, nutritional preferences, communication awareness, as well as patient care/handling of death.


Glossary of Symptoms: Created by the Division of Communicable Disease Control providing a definition of common symptoms along with translation into 14 languages.


I Speak Cards: written by the United States Census Bureau in 38 different languages to help identify the language spoken by the client/patient.


Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Tools

National Standards: The National CLAS Standards are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by establishing a blueprint for health and health care organizations


Data Collection Resources: List of Web-based resources available to obtain demographic information for creating community profiles.