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ASHHRA Health Care HR Week and 50th Anniversary Annual Conference
Plan now for Health Care HR Week
The week of March 16 – 22, 2014, has been designated to recognize human resources professionals in hospitals and non-hospital organizations across the nation for the daily issues they face in workforce, compensation and benefits, employee relations, health care reform and wellness – just to name a few. For more details and registration, click here.

Register Today – The ASHHRA 50th Annual Conference & Exposition
Registration is open for the annual conference to be held this year in Chicago, Ill., from September 27 - 30. As this year is the 50th anniversary of the ASHHRA annual conference, the theme will be Honoring our Past / Preparing for our Future. Debbi Fields, founder, baker, chief cookie lover and former chairman of Mrs. Fields Cookies, and Bill Rancic, winner of “The Apprentice,” are among the keynote speakers. Hurry – the Early Bird Special, with a savings of over $50, will end March 31, 2014. Everyone is welcome. All health care HR practitioners, consultants, students and retirees are encouraged to attend. As a reminder, non-member registration INCLUDES one year of ASHHRA membership, and ASHHRA members can renew their membership with registration.

Register for the ASHHRA 50th Annual Conference & Exposition here. For information about sponsorship opportunities, please click here. For information about exhibiting at the conference, click here or contact Doreen Bonnema at 312-541-0567, X653 or at

IFD Webinar, Summer Enrichment Program and National Leadership & Education Conference
Save the Date for the Institute’s February Diversity Dialogue: Aligning Organizational and Employee Values to Support Diversity and Commitment to Excellence
Date: Feb. 26
Time: 10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET
90 minute webinar

*Price: Free for Institute members | $99 for non-Institute for Diversity members
*Note: Many ASHHRA members are also IFD members. Feel free to contact Pamela Janniere, manager of membership and education, to see if your organization is a member at 312-422-2691 or email:

Presenter: Loubna Noureddin, director of staff and community education at Miami Children’s Hospital

She will discuss the diversity of Miami Children’s Hospital’s workforce and share best practices that promote the values of respect, support, collaboration, and diversity. For more details, including registration, click here.

Summer Enrichment Program Enrollment Open Now
Intern matching has begun for the 2014 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. For more information about the SEP, including opportunities for discounted administration fees, click here or contact Chris O. Biddle, membership and education specialist, at (312) 422-2658 or at

Register Today – 2014 National Leadership & Education Conference
Registration is open for the Institute for Diversity in Health Management’s (Institute) 2014 National Leadership and Education Conference, June 12 - 13, 2014, in Chicago, Ill. The Institute’s biennial conference is the premier health services conference on managing diversity. Senior health care executives, human resource directors, diversity specialists, consultants, trustees and others examine leadership opportunities for ethnic and racial minorities in health management and explore recruitment and retention strategies. Over the course of two days, the Institute's conference provides leadership development in diversity management, insight on designing and effectively managing diversity programs, valuable resources and tools for health care organizations, succession planning and more. As a reminder, Institute members can receive up to $200* off each conference registration, as well as access to an exclusive, members-only interactive event.

To register for the 2014 National Conference, click here. For more information about the conference, including opportunities for sponsorship, please click here or contact Jetaun Mallett, manager of operations and business development, at (312) 422-2692 or

*(Based on priority member registration vs. late non-member registration.)



When selection ends and discrimination begins
Diversity Executive
It’s one thing to know what kind of skills and capabilities successful candidates are likely to possess. It’s something else to think those skills don’t come in vastly divergent packages. We all make judgments. It’s part of being human — the need to simplify, categorize and slot things neatly into buckets. Our brains are wired to create patterns and make associations to keep us safe and to aid socialization. But when those natural inclinations filter into recruitment processes, organizations open themselves up to risk if a candidate files a discrimination charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
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Leaders need to speak from the heart on gender diversity
The Guardian
King's College London recently interviewed a group of big-business CEOs to understand what they see as the hurdles preventing women from reaching senior management roles. The CEOs – predominantly men, unsurprisingly – gave an array of interesting opinions. But what came through loud and clear was the mea culpa: it's our failure as leaders. The 15 male CEOs, plus five female CEOs, were brave enough to admit that they had not done enough to drive through change.
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Finding the workforce of tomorrow
Human Resource Executive Online
New research finds 50 percent of employers accepting applications from high school students for internships. Younger students naturally come to the workforce with less professional polish, but high schools can still be a rich talent source for employers and recruiters seeking interns, experts say.
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3 insider tips for happier hospital employees
Becker's Hospital Review
Having engaged, appreciated employees can lead to increased patient satisfaction scores. Since a portion of hospitals' Medicare reimbursement is tied to patient satisfaction scores in the value-based purchasing program, improved employee engagement has more direct implications for hospitals' bottom lines, says Chris French, vice president of customer success for Globoforce, a leading provider of social recognition solutions. Though employee engagement is critical for health care organizations, it is definitely difficult. Health care workers often face compassion fatigue and burnout due to the high-stress nature of their jobs, making engagement tougher.
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How can we address racial disparities in science and medicine?
By Dr. Chloe Poston
STEM — the acronym used to describe science, technology, engineering and math — is used by policymakers, universities and private foundations to allocate funding to support the sciences. If we consider medicine to fall under "science" in the STEM categories, then why aren't the racial disparities in medical school enrollment and completion a part of the regular STEM discussion? STEM diversity is a problem for the medical community as much as it is the scientific community.
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Adding more business intelligence to diversity metrics
Diversity Executive
Diversity metrics used by many organizations today are characterized by a lack of focus on organizational performance improvement and primarily concentrate on representation by race, rank and gender. However, there are guidelines to enhance your diversity scorecard metrics and provide ways to tell leaders as much as possible about how diversity and inclusion have helped drive organizational performance and success.
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You, biased? No, it's your brain
Workforce Management
Modern bias isn’t the domain of a few bad apples driven by animosity or hate, experts say. It plagues everyone and infects behavior without people consciously knowing it. As science has shed light on automatic biases, employers have introduced training methods to raise awareness of unconscious attitudes and ways to mitigate them.
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