Striving for health equity by bringing patient-centeredness to communities
May 2021 Newsletter
May 2021 Newsletter Contents
  • Your Opinion Matters: Let us know about your preferences for healthcare. This helps us develop programs and advocate for policies and solutions that matter to you.
  • WFC adopts PCORI Engagement principles as WFC Core Values
  • PCOR principles at work! Explore all five community stakeholder meetings
  • Ask a Doc; a webinar series on Saturdays where anyone can ask questions related to COVID-19 preventions and vaccines. Every session is in a different language offering multilingual support on COVID-19 vaccine options in the US
  • Upcoming Vaccine Clinics by WFC and Compassionate Care Pharmacy
  • EMPART Town halls - coming up in June and July
  • Join our Patient-Centered Provider Network
Your Opinion Matters!
Please take a few minutes to provide your feedback and let us know your preferences on the healthcare options you have and what you would like to change. Without your feedback, we cannot develop programs and policies unless we hear from you.
We are working with several community-based organizations and academicians to understand what works for you. Please help us help all of us!
Worry Free Community adopts
Coming into being as a nonprofit has its own trajectory that is determined by the vision of its core leaders. Worry Free Community's journey started out with the three basic guiding principles that have been promoted by many leadership coaches around the globe in different packages:
  1. Trusting in God's plan - we do our best and leave the rest to the forces of the universe and we learn to be content with the outcome.
  2. Our deeds depend on our intentions - 'what we sow is what we reap' is a universal fact and a natural law, therefore one must work on purifying their intentions since they guide our behavior.
  3. Actively engage in enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong - As a single human race, we all share a basic understanding of social justice and strive for reinstating basic human rights and values so harmony can prevail.

These three socially responsible guiding principles became the basis of our strategic planning and operational policies. However, we were missing the core values we needed to inherently represent these natural laws, provide the momentum for the development of our programs and help in setting quality metrics in a way that the community will find beneficial. After all, the state of "worry free" can only be achieved at a community level since all of our stressors are stimuli and all behavior is a matter of choice.

As students of science, we are taught to "start from the known to go to the unknown." This elementary school lesson guided us to tailor the series of monthly Community Stakeholder meetings as part of the PCORI funded project, Equipping Muslims with PCOR-Based Action-Oriented Research Tools, EMPART. PCORI's Engagement Rubric provided many insights into the mechanics of engaging community members and stakeholders towards a common goal of patient-centeredness. As we researched the topics to structure the meetings; exploring and dissecting the PCOR Engagement Principles with the community members seemed to be the most logical thing to do. It was self-evident that in order to bring diverse stakeholders to focus on achieving a common goal, we all needed to abide by the same rules of engagement.

As we explored each principle, the entire sequence of engagement process unfolded itself generating momentum and providing direction for the next logical flow. Many new relationships and collaborations were formed and initiated despite the lockdown due to the pandemic and social distance void that has ripped us of eighty percent of our nonverbal communications. The PCORI engagement principles had survived the test of time and proximity! The effectiveness of these principles was clear as we concluded our series with "Honesty, the final step towards establishing the Culture of Trust" on March 21, 2021.

At the beginning of Ramadan 2021, in the middle of April, the WFC board of directors decided to adopt the PCORI Engagement principles as its CORE VALUES. We are indebted to PCORI to have funded the EMPART project which not only revealed the secret as to how engagements work but strengthened the organization at its core to fulfilling on our mission.
PCOR principles at work as WFC Values
Ask a Doc
COVID-19 Q&A on Zoom
Dr. Chaimaa F. Matar
Your COVID-19 Vaccine Questions in ARABIC!
Saturday, May 22, 2021
4pm - 5pm
Dr. Chaimaa F. Matar is a family medicine doctor in Chicago, Illinois and is affiliated with Swedish Covenant Hospital. She received her medical degree from the University of Al-Mustansiriyah College of Medicine. She will answer your COVID-19 questions in Arabic and English
COVID-19 Neighborhood Vaccine Clinics
1st & 2nd Doses
Walk-ins Welcome

May 16th, 2021
1 pm - 5 pm

1785 Bloomingdale Rd,
Glendale Heights, IL 60139

May 30th, 2021
2 pm - 4 pm

10555 Southwest Highway
 Worth, IL 60482
Vaccine Clinic Open to Public
Walk-Ins welcome
1041 West Golf Rd. Hoffman Estates, 60169

Compassionate Care Pharmacy
for bringing the vaccine to our communities

Stay tuned for more information on
 Dates and Topics
June & July 2021
This project is funded in part by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent research institute authorized by Congress through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care (PPACA) in 2010. PCORI helps people make informed decisions, and improve healthcare delivery and outcomes, by producing and promoting evidence0based information that comes from research guided by patients, caregivers, and the broader healthcare community.
EMPART Project Steering Committee
Join our network of Patient-Centered Providers
Be on the MAP with the rest of our Community Network
Join our Patient-Centered Network directory of Mosque-Community resources. The Muslim community is looking for culturally competent care and professionals who are able to help explain the healthcare options in their language. Our Community Health Workers are trained in Mosque-Community Patient-Centered methods to answer patient and caregiver questions.
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