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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
Feb. 20, 2009
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Dear ASHHRA and IFD Members,

The IFD is offering two valuable programs that you and the beneficiaries of your organizations may find extremely valuable.

I) Diversity Dialogue
Topic: High-Tech, Cost-Effective Solutions for LEP Patients
When: Tuesday, March 17
Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m., Central Time

Join us in our Diversity Dialogue as special guest, Jeff Muto, vice president of Polyglot Systems, reviews an innovative technology solution that enables hospitals to expand the scope and coverage of language services while also enabling control of cost growth.

The number of limited English proficient (LEP) patients passing through the U.S. health care system is at an all-time high. The language barrier between these patients and health care providers has created one of the most critical challenges facing our industry today. Studies have shown that LEP patients have more difficulty accessing services, are at greater risk of a negative medical outcome, and generally have a lower perceived quality of care than their English-speaking counterparts. For hospitals, communication barriers create operational inefficiencies, increase the cost of service, and put facilities at risk of legal liability and non-compliance with regulatory mandates.

IFD Members: FREE
Non IFD Members: $80
Click HERE to register.

Please contact us at (312) 422-2630 or with any questions, and we look forward to your participation in this event.

II) 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. 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 program and will allow you to register as a host site.

Click HERE for more information and to register today. The sooner you become a host site, the sooner you will gain access to our pool of highly qualified graduate student applicants.

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


Fred Hobby,
President, Institute for Diversity (IFD)

Mixed-race Americans Face Wage Discrimination
from MSNBC
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Minorities Distrust Medical System More
from U.S. News & World Report
Minority women, especially black women, have more distrust of the medical system, which leads to delays in screening for breast cancer, new research shows. Almost half of all women agreed that they had "sometimes been deceived or misled by health-care organizations." Eighteen percent strongly agreed with the statement. More

Hospitals Promote Workforce Diversity
The Urban League of Long Island, which works for economic empowerment and parity among the region's disenfranchised, met recently with leaders from Long Island's hospitals, businesses, and other service agencies, at the Urban League's Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon. These partners work throughout the year to empower and employ minorities, youth, and seniors. More

Sexually Harassed Women Leave Workplace
from RedOrbit
Women who encounter workplace sexual harassment tend to leave the organization, researchers in Israel said. Research student Chana Levi and Professor Eran Vigoda-Gadot of the University of Haifa surveyed 192 women who work in the public sector in Israel. The purpose of the study was to observe whether women who had been sexually harassed would tend to leave their place of work, develop behaviors of work neglect or attempt to change the situation by means of taking particular action. More

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More Laid-off Men Means More Mommy Breadwinners
from San Jose Mercury News
Meet Paul and Terry Bacon — portrait of a marriage reframed by recession. He's 48, laid off from Hewlett-Packard after 11 years, suddenly chief cook and bottle washer. She's 53, manager of a medical clinic, working 35 hours a week, suddenly Ms. Breadwinner. More

God and the Workplace Must Reconnect
from Christian Today
The Archbishop of York said there should be no separation between the life of faith and the workplace. Speaking at the launch of the new God at Work course at Holy Trinity Brompton, Dr. John Sentamu said there was a “desperate need” to reconnect faith in God with the workplace. More

Migrant Women Want More Workplace Protection
from ABC News
Angela Zhang, a Chinese community worker from Sydney's Asian Women at Work says migrant women feel pressured to sign whatever the boss gives them, and wants better employment protection for migrant women. "We want the time to read, to take to home to ask to family and friend to explain to them," she said. More

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