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Feb. 6, 2009
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Dear IFD & ASHHRA Members,

Become a Summer Enrichment Program Host Site

The arrival of the New Year provides an exciting and rewarding opportunity to host an administrative intern through the Institute's Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). Our field's future depends upon your facility's ability to competently serve increasingly diverse populations with complex health care needs. That future depends upon your ability to attract, retain, and develop high quality, diverse professionals who will have the ability to serve and fulfill your community's needs.

Hosting an intern is an excellent way to help fill the health care leadership pipeline with diverse talent. Our Web site,, will provide you with information on the SEP and will allow you to register as a host site.

Please contact Pamela Janniere, Educational Programs Consultant, at or at (312) 422-2658 with any questions. We look forward to your participation in this important program.

Thank you very much,

Fred Hobby
President, IFD

Three Practical Steps Whites Can Take to Help Combat Racial Discrimination in the Workplace
from PRWeb
In conjunction with Black History Month, Carmen Van Kerckhove, president of workplace diversity education firm New Demographic, outlines ways that white professionals can show solidarity with colleagues of color and combat racial bias without ruffling feathers on either side. More

With Daschle Out, What's Next for Obama's Health Agenda?
from CNN
Former Sen. Tom Daschle's decision to withdraw his nomination to head the Department of Health and Human Services has observers buzzing about what the loss means to President Obama's health care agenda. Daschle had been fighting to save his nomination after facing controversy regarding his tax records − filing amended tax returns and paying more than $140,000 in back taxes and interest − and questions over his work in a field that some consider lobbying. More

Suspension Overturned for Christian Nurse
from BBC News
A Christian nurse who was suspended for offering to pray for a patient's recovery has been told she can return to work. Community nurse Caroline Petrie, 45, from Weston-super-Mare, a seaside town in the county of Somerset, England, asked an elderly woman patient during a home visit if she wanted her to say a prayer for her. The patient complained to the health trust about Petrie's actions. More

High Level of Medical Mistrust Among Minority Women Impacts Quality of Health Care
from Science Daily
Nearly 70 percent of minority women agree that health-care organizations sometimes deceive or mislead patients, one of the key findings of a Michigan State University study that researchers say can prevent women from getting breast cancer screenings. The study of 341 Arab-American, African-American and Latina women was created to examine levels of medical mistrust and assess the impact on whether the participants received recommended breast cancer screenings. More

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After Layoffs, There's Survivor's Guilt
from Time
If your company has just gone through layoffs and you didn't lose your job, you might feel relieved. Or you might feel so horrible you almost wish you didn't work there anymore, either. The terms psychologists toss around to describe these feelings include survivor's guilt (why him and not me?), survivor's envy (thinking you might be better off gone, too) and emotional contagion (the tendency to pick up your laid-off colleagues' feelings of gloom and desperation). More

Blacks, Asians with Terminal Cancer Use End-Of-Life Services Less Frequently than Other Patients
from Medical News Today
Race and ethnicity appear to have an effect on whether a patient with terminal cancer uses hospice care services, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Reuters Health reports. Researchers examined about 41,000 U.S. Medicare beneficiaries ages 65 and older with terminal cancer. They found that black and Asian-American patients were less likely than white or Hispanic patients to be enrolled in a hospice care program. More

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