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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

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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

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