Project Summary

Background: Lack of knowledge and capacity for patient-centered outcomes research/comparative clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) limits opportunities for community-based health research in the American Muslim community. It is important for researchers to understand the concerns that American Muslims may have about the COVID-19 vaccines and to work with the community to identify community -driven solutions around vaccines.

Proposed Solution to the Problem:  We will leverage tailored resources, e.g., a mosque-based PCOR toolkit; a PCOR and community-based research curriculum, developed by the Initiative for Islam and Medicine (II&M),; and proven expertise, e.g., PCOR and translational public health data analytics, to address knowledge gaps among two new stakeholders in the American Muslim community: Islamic school leaders (i.e., the Islamic Schools League of America [ISLA, which is a leader in supporting Islamic schools] and educators and a prominent social policy research organization (i.e., the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding [ISPU, which is a prominent social policy research organization]. These stakeholders will work with project leads to develop an Islamic school-based PCOR toolkit that can assist Islamic schools in addressing pandemic-related issues, particularly COVID-19 vaccination among American Muslims.


Aim 1: Engage American Muslim institutions (ISLA and ISPU) that have strong ties to Muslim patients, caregivers, educators, and decision makers using PCOR principles. 

Aim 2: Build capacity of ISLA leaders for PCOR/CER by adapting the mosque-based PCOR toolkit for usage in Islamic schools and practically implementing this learning in the design of a PCOR/CER toolkit focused on COVID-19 vaccine concerns and informed decision making in the Islamic school setting.

Aim 3: Build capacity of ISPU leaders for PCOR/CER by sharing knowledge and skills for setting up data and research infrastructure to conduct future PCOR/CER and practically implement this learning in the design of feasible and practical research projects that focus on delineating disparities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake and promoting informed decision making around COVID-19 vaccines.

Activities: We will achieve these project aims through a series of virtual and, as allowable, in-person convenings. We will also develop an Islamic school-based PCOR toolkit that can assist Islamic schools in designing PCOR/CER research and addressing COVID-19 pandemic-related issues including vaccinations. We will generate a concept paper based on discussions during the convenings for a joint PCOR/CER project around informed decision making related to COVID-19 vaccines.

Projected Outcomes and Outputs: 
Short-term outcomes (during the project period):

  1. Understanding of stakeholders’ research capacity and needs
  2. Documenting their current community-engagement and community-informed activities

Intermediate-term outcomes: 

  1. Adapting the mosque-based PCOR toolkit for Islamic schools
  2. Generating a list of potential research projects for stakeholders to partner on around COVID-19 vaccines
  3. Developing a concept paper for additional funding of a joint project between stakeholders related to COVID-19 vaccines, to be completed following this project
  4. Developing initial proposal on data and research infrastructure needed to sustain future partnerships to conduct PCOR/CER in collaboration with American Muslim institutions, to be completed following this project. 

Long-term outcomes:

  1. Deepening researchers’ understanding of effective ways to engage with American Muslim institutions
  2. Improving health outcomes and decreasing health disparities for the American Muslim community

Patient and Stakeholder Engagement Plan: American Muslim institutions will be engaged through a series of focused convenings with the overall aim of equipping leaders with the knowledge, skills, and practical insights to effectively conduct PCOR/CER around COVID-19 vaccines in the American Muslim community. These stakeholders will be engaged through online/in-person convenings, pre-convening activities, and participation on the planning committee for the engagement award.

Project Collaborators: This project builds on existing relationships between ISLA, ISPU, and II&M, which were all part of the National Muslim Task Force on COVID-19, and Ayaz Hyder, PhD, from Ohio State University. ISLA provides expertise in education programming and assists with co-learning principles of engagement. ISPU brings a strong research background and social policy lens. II&M is a community-based research and education platform with expertise in PCOR/CER training. Hyder has expertise in community-engaged data analytics and topical expertise in health equity related to COVID-19 surveillance (disparities in the school and community settings), modeling, and vaccination.

Project Information

Ayaz Hyder, PhD
Aasim I. Padela, MD, MSc
The Ohio State University

Key Dates

August 2023


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Last updated: April 3, 2024