Engaging Muslim Americans for Research on Community Health [E-MARCH]

Engaging Muslim Americans for Research on Community Health [E-MARCH]

Project Overview

What is E-MARCH?

The Initiative on Islam and Medicine at the University of Chicago, UMMA Community Clinic, Whitestone Foundation, and Worry Free Community are collaborating to identify a cohort of Muslim American community leaders. Together, we will prepare this cohort to perform religiously and culturally relevant patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). 

Why is E-MARCH Important?

E-MARCH will empower the Muslim American community by targeting the following issues:

  • Health outcomes are largely understudied in the Muslim American community
  • There is are few opportunities for community leaders to develop the tools needed for community relevant PCOR
  • The mosque community structure is an under-utilized setting for health research and intervention
  • There are few programs or resources tailored to the religious and cultural needs of the Muslim American community

What is Patient-Centered Outcomes Research?

Patients, caretakers, and other healthcare stakeholders face a number of challenges when it comes to figuring out what the right decision is for them in a healthcare setting. While health and healthcare researchers have made incredible progress in improving health outcomes, the current research methodology doesn’t always provide patients with the information they need to make an informed health decision. PCOR is designed to help close that gap.

PCOR is research that focuses on providing patients and caretakers with access to information that allows them to make informed healthcare decisions by studying the outcomes that patients want to know about. In doing so, PCOR creates an environment in which patient voices are heard in assessing the value of healthcare options. 

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If I join the E-MARCH cohort, am I expected to do research?

Not necessarily. The purpose of E-MARCH is not to create researchers, but rather to cultivate capacity within our community to carry out health programs. This means that after completing the year and a half long training program you’ll have knowledge-base to not only cooperate on PCOR and community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects, but also to address Muslim community-relevant health challenges.


See our glossary for more information on PCOR and other related terms. 

See our information sheet for more information about E-MARCH

This project is funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (EAIN-5990)