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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
Jan. 23, 2009
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The Diversity Benchmarking Survey deadline has been extended to Feb. 19, 2009.

In our ongoing effort to be responsive to member requests, we have extended the deadline for responding to our benchmarking survey on “The State of Health Care Diversity and Disparities” to Thursday, Feb. 19. This will allow respondents an additional three weeks to complete and submit the survey.

AHA-member CEOs were e-mailed the survey in late October to help them assess and compare their hospital's internal diversity efforts and identify areas that need further attention. The findings will also help the Institute recognize hospital leaders promoting diversity within health care.

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Fred Hobby
President, Institute For Diversity

Busting Diversity Myths at the Workplace
from PR Web
Advancement in technology and thriving global trade has led to a modern breed of international workers. Our workplace environment has also become more diverse than ever as we continue to do cross-border business. This poses new challenges for the business leader who needs to lead a unified team striving towards the same corporate goals. More

In Terms of Diversity, Awareness and Work Remain
from The Kansas City Star
The election of Barack Obama to the highest office in the land stands as a pivotal moment in U.S. history. But when it comes to workplace diversity, this achievement symbolizes the beginning of progress, not the finish. More

Doctor-owned Hospitals Fare Poorly in Child Health Bill
from The Wall Street Journal
A bill making its way through Congress to provide more low-income children with health-insurance coverage could spell financial trouble for scores of hospitals owned by physicians. The number of doctor-owned hospitals has tripled to about 200 since 1990, but they have long been mired in controversy. More

Health Reform is Coming: Let's Work for a Good Outcome
from American Medical News
A recent worldwide study of physician attitudes revealed that U.S. physicians are by far the unhappiest, compared with physicians in other developed countries. So let's not fear a change in the status quo (about which we're unhappy), or let ideological differences keep us from participating vigorously and enthusiastically in the crafting of a new health care system − hopefully one that will better serve our patients and give us more joy in our work. More

New Gay-Friendly Laws Take Effect in California in 2009
from San Francisco Bay Time
New laws that took effect in California Jan. 1, protect GLBT seniors and foster youth, and insert “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” language into several civil rights laws that lacked comprehensive lists of protected groups. Senate Bill 1729 requires that licensed health professionals in senior care facilities and nursing homes be trained about the unique needs of GLBT seniors. More

U.S. Health Spending Hits $2.2 trillion in 2007
from Reuters
Americans spent $2.2 trillion on healthcare in 2007, or $7,421 per person, according to a U.S. government report. The 6.1 percent rate of growth over 2006 was the lowest since 1998, mostly because growth in spending on drugs slowed, the team at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found. More

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