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Designed for hospital executives, administrators, medical department directors, physicians, nurses and other healthcare leaders, this seminar titled, “Developing Cultural Competency: Healthcare for the Muslim Patient” provides valuable information and resources for enhancing understanding and cultural competency skills that improve healthcare delivery for Muslim patients.

“Cultural competence training for healthcare professionals…increases their ability to provide care to diverse populations…It should be an on-going, life-long education.” – A Manager’s Guide to Cultural Competence Education for Healthcare Professionals, The California Endowment

Developing Cultural Competency: Healthcare for the Muslim Patient

The purpose of this diversity seminar is to provide healthcare providers with an understanding of the challenges of Islamophobia and its impact on Muslim health and healthcare delivery, as well as specific health care issues to help providers better understand and serve this population. The seminar begins with a description of the roots of Islamophobia and how it manifests in various institutions in the form of anti-Muslim bigotry, including on Muslim patients. The seminar then provides a better understanding of the faith and practices of Muslim Americans as well as the implications of these beliefs and practices for healthcare delivery. Topics include Islamic perspectives towards illness and healthcare, family systems, decision-making processes, dress codes, privacy and gender issues, dietary guidelines, women’s healthcare, including reproductive issues and labor and delivery, views on death and dying, end-of-life issues, emergency treatment, life support, terminal illness and palliative care. A handout detailing the above issues is also provided to attendees. The training concludes with a series of case studies of potential scenarios and the best ways to respond to them.


  • Improved awareness and understanding of Islamophobia and its manifestations in various institutions, as well as its impact on Muslims generally and Muslim patients specifically.
  • Reduction in misunderstandings and barriers to accessing healthcare.
  • Cultural awareness and development of cultural competency skills as it relates to working with Muslim American patients and their families.
  • Increased healthcare provider capacity for addressing growing diversity, persistent disparities, and the promotion of health equity.
  • More culturally appropriate responses to the needs of Muslim patients based on understanding of and respect for their cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Fulfillment of requirements for professional development and medical education, including those that comply with CLAS and other healthcare training standards.


Hospital and healthcare executives and administrators; medical directors, physicians, nurses and other healthcare service leaders; deans, department chairs and faculty in medical and nursing schools.


Workshop Length: 1-3 hours
Number of Participants: 20 or more
Available: onsite or via webinar

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Contact us at [email protected] or call 408-296-7312, extension 160. To schedule a seminar, please complete the form below.

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