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Jan. 8, 2010
  Dear ASHHRA Members & IFD Members interested in becoming ASHHRA members,

Welcome to 2010. We hope you had a safe and happy holiday season. We look forward to working with you this year and helping you to achieve your learning and development goals. Over the coming months, we will be reminding you of all the benefits to which you are entitled as an ASHHRA member. We invite you to visit our Web site at and utilize the tools and resources that are available to you. Plus, within the next few weeks, we will launch our New Member Orientation Tool that teaches members all about ASHHRA and helps you understand your membership ROI. Even if you’ve been a long-time member of ASHHRA, you’ll find many new benefits that you might not be familiar with.

As always, we are here for you and prepared to address questions or concerns you might have about ASHHRA or any health care HR topic. Just contact us at 312-422-3720 or by e-mail at


Sharon C. Allen
Managing Editor, e-Business Communication

Diversity plans tough to measure
Human Resource Executive    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
HR executives are having a tough time measuring ROI for diversity programs. But whether they measure them or not, now is a good time — because of the possible upswing in the economy and subsequent potential uptick in hiring — to put more emphasis on such initiatives. More

Job bias claims based on disability, religion rise
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The number of workers claiming job discrimination based on disability, religion or national origin surged to new highs last year, as federal job bias complaints overall stayed at near-record levels. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said that charges of disability discrimination rose by about 10 percent to 21,451 claims, the largest increase of any category. The increase coincided with changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act last year that made it easier for people with epilepsy, diabetes and other treatable conditions to claim they are disabled. More

The 'gender bilingual' workplace
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Today's idea: Feminist management theory has moved from an insistence that women be judged by the same standards as men to the idea that companies need to become "gender bilingual." Where does that leave meritocracy? More

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Workforce diversity takes a continuous effort
Minnesota Public Radio    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Compared with most other states, Minnesota is exceedingly white — but change is coming. The portion of the Minnesota population that is white (not Latino) is projected to fall from 86 percent in 2005 to 75 percent by 2035. As the complexion of our state changes, we must all look at how we can transform our organizations and companies to be more multicultural, said Debbie Atterberry, president of RESOURCE, a multicultural nonprofit organization that provides services in employment and training, mental health and chemical health. More

U.S. job site bans bias over gender identity
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Obama administration has inserted language into the federal jobs Web site explicitly banning employment discrimination based on gender identity. The protection is expected to apply to the small transgender population — people who identify their gender differently from the information on their birth certificates — and it merely formalizes what had been increasingly unchallenged government practice over several years. But civil liberties and gender rights groups welcomed it as the clearest statement yet by the Obama administration that such discrimination in the federal workplace would not be accepted. More

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Patient safety is a significant problem in this country. A critical step in addressing this complex problem is measuring the workplace issues that foster a culture of patient-centered care and safety. Morehead’s Patient Safety Culture Survey assesses how well the organization focuses on patient safety and where improvement is needed.

Cancer survival disparities for most minority populations increase as cancers become more treatable
Science Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Racial and ethnic disparities in cancer survival are greatest for cancers that can be detected early and treated successfully, including breast and prostate cancer, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Disparities are small or nonexistent for cancers that have more limited early detection and treatment options, such as pancreatic and lung cancer. More

A business case for workplace diversity
The Edmond Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the economy starts to recover and hiring resumes, now is the perfect time for companies to build a newly recognized form of talent into their organizations in order to increase financial performance. New studies promise that employing and including people with a variety of perspectives will increase innovation and profits. An effortless way to ensure creativity from different perspectives is by workplace diversity — including talented people with differences in gender, race, culture, religion, age, education and personality. More

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