The American Institutes for Research would like to acknowledge the DHHS Office of Minority Health for sponsoring this project, and for laying the foundation for this work by developing the “National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health Care. ” We thank the Project Officer, Guadalupe Pacheco, for his enthusiastic support. We also acknowledge our project’s team for supporting the research and writing of this draft, especially Dr. Margarita Hurtado, who provided an incredible amount of time and dedication to advising and reviewing this paper at each step of the process. We extend our warmest thanks to the members of the National Project Advisory Committee (NPAC) who generously lent their expertise, providing input and valuable feedback on an earlier draft of this paper at the first NPAC meeting on February 18, 2002. We especially would like to thank those individuals who have helped us extensively by offering us specific materials and resources, both after reviewing the preliminary draft, and at the beginning of the project as we were gathering initial materials. It was a privilege to receive valuable contributions from such an esteemed group of experts, and we are honored to have their ongoing participation on this project. The members of the NPAC are listed below followed by the project staff
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