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CAIR-SV Offers Training to UC Davis Medical Center Staff

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 8/06/08) – The Sacramento chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) recently offered training for Chaplains at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

The training, entitled “Optimizing Care for Muslim Patients and Clients,” offered information on what health care providers should know about Islam and Muslims, including basic beliefs and practices and tools and suggestions for interacting with Muslim patients and clients. The training offered an Islamic perspective on health and illness and covered topics such as patient-provider communication, modesty in the clinical setting, diet and hygiene, and end-of-life issues.

“The goal of our training is to provide effective tools and information to help the chaplains meet the needs of Muslim patients,” said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra. “A holistic health assessment takes into account cultural and religious beliefs, and by delivering culturally competent spiritual care, chaplains can be in a position to provide a healthy spiritual environment for Muslim patients.”

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra, 916-441-6269, E-Mail:


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