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2nd National Mosque-PCOR 2021

Exploring Patient-Centeredness in Faith Communities

Taking Community Health Beyond CBPR

Demonstrating the adoption of the Mosque-PCOR Toolkit through the Community Health Worker Channel.


Muslim communities remain on the margins of community health interventions due to deficiencies in knowledge, tools and networks necessary for mosque community leaders to effectively launch, and partner in, health research programs and initiatives. The EMPART Project is a community health research project that aims to engage stakeholders to reduce life expectancy gaps in mosques communities by strengthening their community-based patient-centered research through the Mosque Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Toolkit.

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2nd National Mosque-PCOR

Symposium 2021 Highlights

Exploring Patient-Centeredness in Faith Communities

Taking Community Health Beyond CBPR

WHEN: September 17-18, 2021

TIME: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm


This multi-stakeholder symposium aims to demonstrate and build upon the adoption of the Mosque-PCOR Toolkit through the Community Health Worker channel. This is the second national Mosque-PCOR event that highlights the Muslim community efforts in establishing a culture of engagement for patient-centered outcomes research. The first event in October 2019 introduced PCOR concepts to combat health disparities and delivered a Mosque-based PCOR toolkit for stakeholders. Since then, the Mosque-PCOR toolkit has been disseminated through community health workers and adopted by the first-ever Patient-Centered Free and Charitable Clinic. Today, our symposium presents the implementation essence of the one-year PCORI funded project, Equipping Muslims with PCOR-Based, Action-Oriented Research Tool (EMPART), by bringing together a diverse set of stakeholders representing and elaborating on the universal applicability of this tool.


This event is being dedicated to one of the most eminent human figures, Syeddinah Hazrat Bilal ibn Rabbah, who lived around the 6th century, and was born into slavery but came to symbolize, what we call in today’s terms: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Sept 17th: 4.5 (CME/CEU)

ACA Pushes the Bar in Favor of Patient-Centeredness

10 AM - 11:00 AM

An Asset-Based Approach to Train Community Health Workers in Faith Communities

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Adopting a Faith-Based PCOR Toolkit to Maximize Health Outcomes in Free Clinics

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Sept 18th: 4.5 (CME/CEU)

PCOR Leaders in Mosque-Communities

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Mosque-PCOR Toolkit: A Framework for Community Health Programming in Mosque-Communities

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Leaders Roundtable with PCOR Program Officer

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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Health Equity Townhall Series

A cohort of trained community health and social workers, Chicagoland mosque communities and patient representatives have been actively participating in a 12 month research project to build mosque community capacity to improve health through the application of a new toolkit that sets the agenda for Muslim-focused patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). The toolkit creates a platform for stakeholders to discuss Muslim community health problems, dynamics and solutions using patient-centered methods in a faith-based community setting.

To achieve this aim, each town hall will feature mosque community presentations and round table discussions on how to best address health priorities and raise awareness of the Healthy Chicago 2025 goal, closing life expectancy gaps, from a patient-centered approach in faith-based communities.

Health Equity Town Hall

Masjid of Bolingbrook

July 15th: 11am-1pm

Exploring ways to establish health programs for mental and social well-being within

the mosque community.

Muslim Society Inc.

July 24th: 2 pm-4 pm

How to become a Patient Partner by understanding health care treatment options in post COVID-19 pandemic.

Al-Nahda Center

August 8th: 2 pm-4 pm

How can faith-based free clinics help with vaccine hesitancy to improve COVID-19 vaccine rates?

Muslim Community Center

Aug 31st: 4:30 pm-6:30 pm

Promoting health research programs to reduce the life expectancy gap using the Mosque-PCOR Toolkit. 


Support the Mosque Communities!

Worry Free Community would like to share a special opportunity for you to promote Muslim-focus health outcomes research. Specifically, we welcome your support for, and invite you to participate in, our virtual symposium, "Exploring Patient-Centeredness in Faith Communities."

With your support, we would like to supply funding for the mosque communities to provide education and awareness about health and social well-being within their own communities and to encourage engagement with the faith-based communities at the grassroot level for participation. A sponsorship highlights your organization's investment and participation in furthering Muslim-focused community health.

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About the EMPART Project

This project is funded in part by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent research institute authorized by Congress through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care (PPACA) in 2010. PCORI helps people make informed decisions, and improve healthcare delivery and outcomes, by producing and promoting evidence0based information that comes from research guided by patients, caregivers, and the broader healthcare community.

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