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Inclusion Academy: Understanding the Impact of Religious Beliefs on Health Care

February 18, 7:00 am to 8:00 am

The Inclusion Academy, established by the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, is an educational program focused on providing students, faculty/staff, and health care providers at Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine with cultural knowledge and understanding of various diverse/marginalized communities with the intention to foster diversity and inclusion in all facets of the organization.

Religion is a theme health care providers come across on a regular basis. Many patients follow a specific faith and the rules established by it. This can impact the type of medical treatment(s) they receive, timing and method(s). For example, certain faiths require daily prayers, which could affect the scheduling of a patient’s appointments. It has been found that often religious beliefs are not always considered in medical care, which results in many patients not wanting to seek medical care when necessary.

For this reason, it is vital that health care providers remain mindful, respectful and empathetic of a patient’s spiritual beliefs. This session aims to provide participants with an overview of the different faiths seen in the patient population at Penn State Health and the beliefs and practices our providers should take into account when providing medical care.

The session will be held via Zoom. Webinar links will be provided in advance of the event for those who register.

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February 18
7:00 am to 8:00 am
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Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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