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Advancing Equity for Muslim Physicians in the Healthcare Workforce


Professor of Emergency Medicine, Bioethics, and the Medical Humanities

Medical College of Wisconsin

Chairperson and Director

Initiative on Islam and Medicine

Executive Director

Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity, Assistant Professor of Health and Equity

Medical College of Wisconsin

Senior Health Care Program Associate

Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding


Describe the American Muslim population and the current sociopolitical climate surrounding this community.

Review the impact of religious discrimination on the professional and psychological outcomes for Muslim physicians in the healthcare workplace.

Discuss ways in which to advance healthcare workforce equity and build cultures of inclusive excellence in healthcare systems.

This webinar coincides with a release of a landmark policy report which will be made available on our website immediately after the webinar

Mufti Nazim Khutbah

Padela Khutbah

Shkifah Khutbah

Intervention Study

Qualitative Study and Interviews

Fifty Muslim multiethnicity women (40 years old and above) were interviewed (6 focused group) and 19 in individual interviews. We found religious beliefs did informed mammography intention, which includes (1) the perceived religious duty to care for one’s health, (2) religious practices as methods of disease prevention, (3) fatalistic notions about health, and (4) comfort with gender concordant health care.

Quantitative Study and survey

240, 40 years of age or older, were surveyed (72 respondents were Arab, 71 South Asian, 59 African American, and 38 from another ethnicity). We found that positive religious coping and perceived religious discrimination in health settings significantly (negatively) affected mammogram adherence among Muslim women in Chicago.

American Cancer Society mammogram recommendations

Mammogram recommendation for women at average risk or breast cancer

  • Women between 40 and 44 have a choice to have a mammography every year.
  • Women 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
  • Women 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year, or they can choose to continue yearly mammograms.

3R model

Reframing “switch train tracks”
  • Keep the barriers belief intact but change the way one thinks about it so it is consonant with the desired health behavior
  • Normalizes the barrier belief
Reprioritize: “show them a better train”
  • Introduce a new belief and create higher valence for it than the barrier belief
  • Normalization of the barrier belief is optional
Reform: “breakdown the train carriage”
  • Negate the barrier belief by demonstrating its faults by appealing to authority structures

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