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Cultural & Linguistic Competency Task Force

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At its meeting of January 8, 2002, the Health Commission reviewed its existing policy on Contractor’s Compliance with Nondiscrimination and Cultural Competency.

The Commission adopted the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards issued by the United States Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Minority Health, on December 22, 2000. The CLAS Standards were adopted as general guidelines to provide a uniform framework for developing and monitoring culturally and linguistically appropriate services as provided by the Department and its direct service providers. The Commission further recommended that the Department establish a Task Force on Cultural Competency to assist in the implementation of its policy directive.

A Task Force has been established under the Department’s Office of EEO and Cultural Competency. The Task Force meets on the second Friday of the month, 9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M., at 30 Van Ness, Room 2300. Current Members of the Task Force include:

Cultural and Linguistic Competency
Task Force Members

Ginger Smyly

Prevention/Health Education

Jason Hashimoto

EEO and Cultural Competency

Nelson Jim

Community Mental Health Services

Jacquie Hale


Gloria Garcia-Orme


Bill Blum

HIV/Health Services

Sonia Bailey

Housing and Urban Health

Twila Brown


Mivic Hirose


Johnson Hor

Walden House

Estela Garcia

Instituto Familiar de la Raza

John Melichar


Marcellina Ogbu

Primary Care

Jill LeCount


Michael Mikolasek


Any questions about the policy or its implementation should be addressed to Jason Hashimoto at 415-554-2595.