Video: Culturally Competent Patient CareReligion

Culturally Competent Patient Care—Religion

Mark Fowler

Managing Director of Programs

Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

Judith Natale Sabino

Diversity/Cultural Liaison

Lehigh Valley Health Network

More than 40 percent of patients make medical decisions based on religious beliefs but only 9 percent of physicians ask patients about their religious needs, according to the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding. How can hospitals eliminate this gap

To access the presentation slides, go to DiversityInc Best Practices.

Mark Fowler

Mark E. Fowler is responsible for program development, project management and national and international expansion of all Tanenbaum programs. As Managing Director of Programs he also oversees the design and implementation of Tanenbaum curricula, conducts training sessions, presentations and facilitates workshops, most recently at the 8th National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Hospital Association – Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence, the New York State Department of Health, The American Public Health Association, The Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition, Meridian Health, Somerset Hospital and the Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity.

Mr. Fowler has over 20 years of education experience and has worked in HIV/AIDS prevention, as a New York City Department of Education Coordinator of Student Affairs and as a teacher of at-risk youth and with the Anti-Defamation league. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and facilitator on race, gender, sexual orientation and religious equality. Mr. Fowler earned a B.A. in English and Education at Duke University, and is trained as a Mediation and Conflict Resolution Specialist with the New York City Department of Education. Mr. Fowler is also an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister and a graduate of the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary.

Judith Natale Sabino


Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Diversity/Cultural Awareness Liaison (2009-present)

Responsible for facilitating the network’s cross-cultural health care initiatives, which include quality improvement projects related to addressing health disparities, patient race/ethnicity data collection, language assistance services, network-employee and clinician education, and strategies to recruit and retain diverse employees.


MPH in Health Services Administration, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine

BA in English/Communications, Allentown College of St. Francis DeSales (now DeSales University)

Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) designation from the Institute for Diversity Certification

Click here to see more presentations from our September 2013 Healthcare Event.

Latest News

Hershey Employees and Retirees in the US and Canada Pledged More Than $900,000 in 2021 To Support Nonprofit Organizations

Originally published on LinkedIn. The Hershey Company ranked No. 10 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.    Each year, our Season of Giving campaign encourages Hershey employees to make a difference by supporting nonprofit organizations which they find to be meaningful. Employees and retirees in…

Creating Windows and Mirrors: Hershey’s Amber Murayi on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the ‘World’s Top Female-Friendly Company’

Amber Murayi is the Hershey Company’s Senior Director of Enterprise Strategy & Business Model Innovation & Co-lead of the Women’s Business Resource Group. The Hershey Company ranked No. 10 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.    My position affords me a unique view of DEI…

Author Alice Sebold

Author Alice Sebold Apologizes for Her Role in the Wrongful Conviction of the Black Man Charged With Raping Her

In her acclaimed 1999 memoir Lucky, author Alice Sebold told the story of being raped in 1981 when she was a student at Syracuse University. The case resulted in a Black man named Anthony Broadwater being convicted and sent to prison. Sadly, Broadwater was innocent and wrongfully convicted — and…

Black renters

New Study Reveals Landlords Consistently Discriminate Against Potential Renters With Black or Hispanic ‘Sounding’ Names

In the largest study of its kind ever conducted, researchers with the National Bureau of Economic Research have uncovered what many people of color already know when hunting for an apartment or home: most landlords consistently discriminate or harbor bias against non-white individuals looking to rent their property.  Bloomberg’s Kelsey…

book banning

American Library Association Documents 155 Attempts at Banning Books About POC or LGBTQ Issues in the Last 6 Months

In a depressing turn for anyone who thought society may have outgrown book burning or censorship of books over the last 100 years, it appears the hate-filled phenomenon is back on the rise, increasing with alarming frequency across the country. CNN’s Nicole Chavez has reported the American Library Association “has…