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HHS Announces National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care

WASHINGTON, DC April 24, 2013 – HDA Executive Director David Pena attended the launch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the updated national standards to help organizations and health care professionals improve quality of care and reduce health disparities. The enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care – also known as CLAS Standards – are a comprehensive series of guidelines that inform, guide, and facilitate practices related to culturally and linguistically appropriate health services.

Disparities in health and health care – including disproportionate rates of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer – have long burdened racial and ethnic minority communities. This announcement builds on the Department’s efforts to reduce health disparities; and ensure all individuals have access to high- quality health care.
The announcement was held at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center located in the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Building in Washington, D.C.

Presenters Included;

Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS
J. Nadine Gracia, M.D., M.S.C.E., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, HHS
Leon Rodriguez. J.D., Director of the Office for Civil Rights, HHS
Mayra Alvarez, M.H.A., Director of Public Health Policy, Office of Health Reform, HHS
Richard Umbdenstock, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Hospital Association
Dennis Andrulis, Ph.D, M.P.H., Senior Research Scientist, Texas Health Institute
Tawara Goode, M.A., Director, National Center for Cultural Competence

Key Points of the Announcement:
-This is a Road Map not new regulations
-The CLAS Standards are all encompassing
-They include three major themes:
1. Governance, Leadership and Workforce
2. Communication and Language Assistance
3. Engagement, Continuous Improvement and Accountability

For Additional Information please visit:

www.MinorityHealth.HHS.gov or www.thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov/Content/clas.asp

Hispanic Dental Association Foundation Announces Scholarship Program 2013-2014

WASHINGTON, DC April 24, 2013 — The Hispanic Dental Association Foundation announced today the 2013-2014 Scholarship Program available for the following categories:

  • Masters or Above in a Dentistry-Related Program
  • Entry Level or First Year Dental Students and Dental Auxiliary Students
  • Undergraduate Dental and Dental Hygiene Students Enrolled in the State of Texas
  • Students in an accredited dental, dental hygiene, dental assisting or dental technician program

For more information visit the Scholarships page.

Hispanic Dental Association Revamps Its Brand and Website: New Partnership with Hispanic Market Advisors to Strengthen HDA’s Digital Footprint

WASHINGTON, DC April 09, 2013 – The Hispanic Dental Association is pleased to announce the launch of their revamped website www.hdassoc.org. The navigation and color redesign was made possible due to HDA’s new collaboration with Hispanic Market Advisors® to bring a fresh and dynamic look to our brand that corresponds with our efforts to expand and strengthen our digital presence. HDA Press Release_Announcing Partnership with HMA

HDA’s Executive Director interviewed on Maryland-based Generacion Latina TV show for Latino Youth

Generacion Latina interview

CNN en Español interviewed HDA’s Executive Director on Directo USA. Watch the interview here or click the image below.


Hispanic Dental Association Makes Strategic Move to DC and Selects New Executive Director David Pena

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2013 — The Board of Trustees of the Hispanic Dental Association announced today the opening of their National Office in Washington DC and their selection of David Pena, Jr of Austin Texas as its Executive Director and CEO.

The relocation of HDA’s national office is both a strategic and policy decision. For over twenty years the national group has worked on oral health issues and access to care from its Springfield Illinois office. During 2012 and at the height of the Obamacare debate the National Board of Trustees decided it was the right time to move to the nation’s capital to have a direct impact on policy discussion at the Federal level.

See full release: icon HDA_Press_Release_DC_Move_Selection_of_Pena_Feb_20 (267 KB)