Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

See how StarkMHAR is improving internal and external diversity, equity, and inclusion through the CLAS standards.

StarkMHAR’s Commitment 

StarkMHAR recognizes that efforts around access to services for underserved and disadvantaged populations need to be prioritized and are committed to establishing a system that promotes access and health equity while infusing trauma-informed care in all aspects of service delivery. StarkMHAR is committed to work that aims for equity in outcomes for all Stark County residents.

CLAS Standards

StarkMHAR has a focus on enabling a system of care that is Culturally and Linguistically Competent because it generates better outcomes and avoids inappropriately and/or inadequately serving Stark County’s underserved populations.

The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (the National CLAS Standards) are intended 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. Learn more from the Office of Health and Human Services – Office of Minority Health »

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Toolkit

StarkMHAR offers a Cultural Influences and Health Care Series Inclusion Tool Kit with helpful resources for understanding CLAS Standards and addressing health care disparities. View the toolkits »

Stark County Cultural Competence Committee (SC3C)

The Stark County Cultural Competence Committee (SC3C) meets on a regular basis with a focus on improving accessibility to services for marginalized communities.

The SC3C created an HR subcommittee to address the efforts of creating a more diverse workforce in the mental health system. This subcommittee’s members are HR representatives from various provider agencies as well as some system partners. They meet on a regular basis and have contracted with Enlightened Solutions for HR policy reviews and consultation.

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