Rayan  Lotfi

Utilizing Healthcare Provider Experiences to Develop a Medical Curriculum Supportive of the Care of Vulnerable Populations

This project aims to develop a medical curriculum on the ancestral healing practices in South West Asia and North Africa (SWANA), how racialization and colonialism have impacted clinical care of SWANA patients, and how clinical practice may be more supportive of SWANA patients from different religious and spiritual backgrounds. In collaboration with organizations supportive of resettlement communities and uninsured people in the state of Georgia, this project aims to center healthcare workers’ experiences providing care to racially and ethnically diverse peoples from different gender backgrounds in the development of this medical curriculum. The intended impact of this curriculum is to provide SWANA patients with culturally affirming care that recognizes their differential healing practices and to create space in clinical encounters for power-sharing and collaboration between providers and patients.