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Jan. 9, 2009
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Happy New Year!

Dear ##FirstName##,

We begin 2009 with economic uncertainty; however, most organizations can be optimistic about opportunities they will see on the horizon from a new way of joining together to solve problems, especially in the health care industry.

To assist you and your colleagues in learning more about the future trends in health care, we invite you to participate in a Webcast hosted by the AHA entitled, The 2009 American Hospital Association Environmental Scan. It provides insight and information about market forces that have a high probability of affecting the health care field. It is designed to help executives better understand the health care landscape and the critical trends and issues their organizations are likely to face in the foreseeable future.

Sources of Scan

Thirty nationally recognized sources with recommendations from select AHA governance committees.

Scan Categories

  • Consumers & Demographics
  • Information Technology & e-Health
  • Insurance & Coverage
  • Political Issues
  • Provider Organizations & Physicians
  • Quality & Patient Safety
Webcast Faculty
  1. Gene J. O'Dell, AHA vice president of strategic planning
  2. Mike Parrington, vice president of strategic initiatives at Catholic Health Initiatives
  3. William Petasnick, president and CEO of Froedtert & Community Health
How to Register

Simply click here to register.

To download the report, click here.

We look forward to a great year and will continue delivering hot topics in diversity as well as keeping you informed of the latest issues in the heath care field affecting your organizations.


Cathy Sewell
Executive Director
Fred Hobby
President, CEO
Institute for Diversity

Workplace Legislation Coming to a Head in Congress
from The Kansas City Star
Fasten your seat belts. Beginning this week, the newly seated Congress is steering toward a major rewrite of the nation’s employment law rule book. The U.S. House is expected to vote on, and probably pass, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act — two bills that would make it easier for workers to fight pay discrimination. More

How Nursing-Friendly Is Your Workplace?
from The Wall Street Journal
Employees who know a co-worker who has breastfed or used a breast pump at work are more likely than others to favor workplace policies supporting breastfeeding, says a study published recently in the International Breastfeeding Journal. Among 407 employees surveyed at a large U.S. company, most favored giving women space and time off to pump milk during the workday. More

One Workforce—Many Languages
from The Society for Human Resource Management
Today, foreign-born workers make up nearly 16 percent of the domestic labor force––a proportion demographers predict will increase as the number of U.S.-born workers decreases and immigration continues. Not surprisingly, growth in the foreign-born population has gone hand-in-hand with growing diversity of languages. More

The Strength of Our Diversity
from California Job Journal
The broad topic of diversity – gender, race, religion, creed, disability, sexual preference, and nationality – shapes who we are and how we perceive the world. It influences us as much as the historical factors that define our generations. The diversity of the emerging workforce creates both challenges and opportunities for organizations and their employees. More

CNN Reporter Tops List for Surgeon General
from The New York Times
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical reporter, is the leading contender to become the next surgeon general, a pick that will give the moribund office a higher profile but one that has received a mixed reaction among public health advocates. More

Diabetes Incidents Worsen Among the Elderly and Minorities
from The Baltimore Sun
Ray Gilbert once spent his days behind the lens of a camera, using his keen eye to capture images and turn them into photographs. But a diagnosis of diabetes in 1985 would irrevocably alter life for Gilbert, a former photographer with the Afro-American Newspaper in Baltimore. In 1996, after more than a decade of not "doing all I was supposed to be doing," to control his diabetes, that lack of attention caught up with the West Baltimore resident. More

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