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Feb. 25, 2011

Dear ASHHRA and IFD members,

Introducing…The ASHHRA eLearning Network! We invite you to check it out.

For questions and/or assistance on how to enroll, please call 312-422-3720 or send an e-mail to

Thanks and a have great weekend.

Sharon C. Allen
Director, Marketing & Business Development
Fred Hobby

The Institute for Diversity in Health Management has open registration for 2011 scholarships and the summer enrichment program
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The Institute for Diversity in Health Management is proud to announce two exciting programs that are intended to assist underrepresented graduate students get the head start that they need to secure a position for themselves in their careers as hospital administrators. Both programs are exciting reflections of the Institute's larger purpose — assisting hospitals and health centers to promote and employ diverse hospital administrators that better reflect the communities that they serve. These two programs are cornerstones of the Institute's programming and are now open for student participation. More

Disparities: A growing gender gap in doctors' pay
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Starting salaries for women who become physicians are significantly lower than men's, and the pay gap has grown over the past decade, a study reports. The pay differential, which was 12.5 percent in 1999, increased to nearly 17 percent by 2008, according to the report, published in Health Affairs. The growing gap could not be explained by women's preferences, the authors said. More

Why most corporate diversity programs are wrong-headed
Forbes (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The goal of most corporate diversity programs is simple: to increase the percentages of certain minorities in the overall employee pool to mirror the country as a whole. It's a misguided approach, even when it comes with programs designed to help retain minorities that have been hired. It's misguided because it comes with an assumption that the potential employee must change to fit into the current workplace culture. This attitude implies that the employee lacks something that he or she needs in order to succeed and thrive in that culture. More

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Transgender surgery: should your company pay for it?
The Associated Press via CBS News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While millions of Americans are grappling with employer-provided health insurance that covers less and costs more, one surprising group is benefiting as of late — transgendered people. That's according to an Associated Press report which found that big name companies like Coca-Cola, Campbell Soup and Walt Disney have expanded their insurance coverage to meet the needs of transgender workers. All told, there are 85 large businesses and law firms that cover the cost of at least one surgery, according to a 2010 survey by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights group. More

Minority women entrepreneurs and social good
American Express' Open Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While minority women are launching new businesses at four times the rate of non-minorities, the voices of this demographic are mostly lacking from business education, according to two Babson College professors. In their new book, "Minority Women Entrepreneurs: How Outsider Status Can Lead To Better Business Practices," Mary Godwyn and Donna Stoddard interviewed 12 women – who described themselves as minorities due to race, ethnicity, religion, or disability – and discovered an interesting pattern in the way these entrepreneurs are doing business. More

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California bill would protect nurses, end gender bias in
current state law

Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If nurses get injured on the job, shouldn't they be eligible for workers compensation? Presumably yes-but not according to the law in California. Legislation introduced today by Assembly member Nancy Skinner, and sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United would be a major step forward in protecting nurses, and keeping experienced nurses at the bedside for patients. It would also redress what nurses say is a gender bias in current state protections. More

Mental health the final frontier in diversity
Globe and Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Michael Bach has a bad day he doesn't lie to his boss about where he is. The national director of diversity, equity and inclusion for KPMG LLP Canada, who’s lived with depression for his entire adult life, can call and say, "I woke up in the gray cloud today so I'm going to work from home. … He won't have a problem with that. Depression isn’t something I chose." More

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Government drops defense of anti-gay marriage law
The Associated Press via Google News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a major policy reversal, the Obama administration said it will no longer defend the constitutionality of a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage. Attorney General Eric Holder said President Barack Obama has concluded that the administration cannot defend the federal law that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. More

Many Spanish-speaking Hispanics go un-immunized
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Older Hispanics who prefer to speak Spanish or who live in communities where little English is spoken may be more likely to miss their pneumonia or seasonal flu vaccinations, suggests a large new study. The consequences can be severe for seniors, a population known to be at high risk of serious complications from both pneumonia and influenza. Experts recommend that seniors get the seasonal flu vaccine every year and the pneumonia vaccine once after the age of 65, with a booster five years later if they are at particularly high risk. More

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