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February 06, 2015


Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

ASHHRA Webinar and Mentoring Program
Human Trafficking: What the Health Care System Can Do

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET, 1:00 p.m. CT, 12:00 p.m. MT, 11:00 a.m. PT
Duration: 60 minutes
Colleen Scanlon, senior vice president, Advocacy, Catholic Health Initiatives
M. C. Sullivan, director, Ethics, Covenant Health Systems
Roy Ahn, associate director, Division of Human Rights, Massachusetts General Hospital
Price: This webinar is available free of charge, but advanced registration is required.

Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. Victims are subjected to force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of commercial sex or forced labor. Victims are children, teenagers, women and men. It is an issue globally and in the United States and is increasingly being recognized as a public health problem. Register here.

2015 Mentoring Program
The ASHHRA Mentoring Program is designed to create a mentorship community for health care HR professionals to enhance and grow knowledge, skills and abilities to excel in their career. Using the five competencies of the HR Leader Model, the program will become a resource for finding and developing talent to ultimately advance the growth of the health care HR profession.

The 2015 Mentoring Program is accepting registrations from practitioner members. If you are interested in participating in the Mentoring Program, complete and submit the requested information in the following link: ASHHRA Mentoring Registration.

Click here for a brief video of mentor and HR leader Maureen O'Keeffe talking about the vital role of mentorship.

IFD February Diversity Dialogue, 2015 Regional Symposium and Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
February 24 Diversity Dialogue - Hospital Accreditation and DNV GL Healthcare
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT
Duration: 90 minutes
Presenter: Patrick Horine, CEO, DNV GL Healthcare
Price: Institute for Diversity Members: FREE; Non-Institute for Diversity Members: $99
Join the Institute, and the webinar is free. Click here for more information regarding membership. If paying by check, please contact Pamela Janniere at 312-422-2691 or by email at

Registration is open for the Institute’s next Diversity Dialogue, “Hospital Accreditation and DNV GL Healthcare.” This webinar will discuss standards and accreditation approaches for hospitals that can help facilitate change, improvement and effectiveness in caring for diverse patients. To register, click here.

Register Today – 2015 Regional Symposium
Registration is open for the Institute’s upcoming Regional Symposium, “Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce: Voices from the Best in Class Hospitals,” which will precede the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) annual conference on March 4, 2015, in Dallas, Texas. Designed to help health care leaders increase diversity in their organization's workforce, leadership and governance , this symposium will feature “Best in Class” hospitals from the latest edition of “Diversity and Disparities: A Benchmark Study of U.S. Hospitals.” In addition, the symposium will feature insights into disparities reduction, diversity management and cultural competency. For more information and to register, click here.

Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
Registration is open for the 2015 Summer Enrichment Program (SEP), the Institute’s 10-week summer immersive internship program for academically-strong minority graduate students. This program provides hospitals the opportunity to increase diversity in health care management by offering minority graduate students full-time work experience in some of the nation’s top health care facilities. More than 700 students have successfully completed the SEP program since the Institute’s inception in 1994. Institute members enjoy a $500 reduction in administration fees. Intern matching will begin in January 2015; internships will run June – August, 2015. Meet the health care leaders of tomorrow – take an SEP student today!

For more information, please click here or contact Chris Biddle, membership & education specialist, at

5 trends driving workplace diversity in 2015
Often criticized in the past as well-intentioned but stagnant, corporate diversity departments at major organizations have never been so visible. With Google yesterday pledging a substantial sum to Code2040, a nonprofit fostering diversity in technology, and several key players in Silicon Valley publishing their lackluster diversity data in 2014, those in charge of workforce mix are in the hot seat.
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Set the stage for diversity training
Diversity Executive
Someone must have forgotten to inform organizations that training on the topic of diversity is not the same as training on computer software. There is no checklist where employees can mark the box next to their pre-training and post-training level of diversity awareness to identify the new shift in organizational culture that will be taking place. It is not as simple as providing definitions of key terms or providing a handout identifying the differences between diversity and affirmative action.
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Why diversity matters
McKinsey & Co.
We know intuitively that diversity matters. It’s also increasingly clear that it makes sense in purely business terms. Our latest research finds that companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns above their national industry medians. Companies in the bottom quartile in these dimensions are statistically less likely to achieve above-average returns. And diversity is probably a competitive differentiator that shifts market share toward more diverse companies over time.
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You don't mean to be biased
Diversity Executive
After a year that placed a spotlight on racially charged incidents in Ferguson and New York, bias — racial and otherwise — has become a prominent issue. Empirical research over the last few years has shown that bias still does occur, including within the workplace.
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  Make Your Hospital's Benefit Plan Work for You

The right benefits plan makes all the difference.
• Energize employee engagement
• Create a culture of health & wellness
• Attract & retain the best & brightest

Why hiring a veteran is good business
HealthLeaders Media
When looking for loyal team players who will work hard without complaint and have leadership experience, what do you look for on a candidate's resume? An MBA? Someone who volunteers at a soup kitchen on weekends? Someone who whose career started at McDonald's? A stint in the armed forces might be the key suggests Lisa Rosser, founder and CEO of The Value of a Veteran. Military service can teach the value of responsibility, the importance of cultural diversity, and it can prepare enlistees to step into leadership roles.
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Top 6 benefits of a diverse workforce
A workforce that more closely mirrors the American population will give the company a better understanding of the products and services its customers want and need. This recognizes that women and minorities make up a significant portion of the nation's population and are not only a source of qualified talent, but hold a considerable share of the consumer market. As a result, many American businesses are coming to understand that embracing workplace diversity is good for business.
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  Make a Strong Statement with a Few Letters

More than 135,000 HR professionals around the world make a statement with just three or four letters—their HRCI credentials. HRCI credentials speak volumes of commitment, credibility and capabilities in HR. Turn 2015 into a banner year of success. Get HRCI certified.

Developing diverse global talent
Chief Learning Officer
To some, managing a team of diverse employees can seem like a burden — working to understand people of different age, race, gender, life stages, family make-up and mindset. However, in the 18th Annual Global CEO Survey recently conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, 85 percent of CEOs reported that formal diversity and inclusion strategies benefited their bottom line. Furthermore, the majority of CEOs (71 percent) said they search different geographies for competitive talent, implying there is benefit in mixing up the talent.
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Filling the pay gap
Human Resource Executive Online
While a new survey finds a majority of employees do not feel that employers are particularly interested in equitable compensation, some experts say gender-based pay inequality isn’t quite as rampant in the workforce as many people perceive it to be.
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