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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
Feb. 27, 2009
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Hello ASHHRA & IFD Members,

Did you know that there is a registry for diverse trustee candidates?

The AHA, along with its Institute for Diversity in Health Management (IFD) and Center for Healthcare Governance, has developed a resource to connect boards with diverse candidates whose skills and interests may be a good match for their organizations. The "Minority Trustee Candidate Registry" includes a diverse pool of candidates who have participated in a series of AHA-sponsored educational programs designed to prepare participants for board service.

Please visit to access the registry and to recruit minority hospital trustees.


Fred Hobby
Institute for Diversity
Cathy Sewell, MBA, CAE
Executive Director

Tougher Oversight of Worker-Protection Laws Promised
from The Wall Street Journal
President Obama's proposed budget for the Department of Labor promises stricter enforcement of worker-protection laws, and outlines a plan to establish automatic workplace pensions for roughly half of working Americans who lack employer-based retirement plans. The budget outline calls for increased funding enforcement of rules governing workplace safety, wages and workplace discrimination. More

National Quality Forum Endorses Guidelines to Reduce Disparities in Health Care
from PR Newswire
Racial and ethnic minorities continue to face disproportionately higher rates of disease, disability, and mortality. African Americans have higher death rates from heart disease, diabetes, AIDS, and cancer, and American Indians and Alaskan Natives have lower life expectancies and higher rates of infant mortality. The National Quality Forum, an organization dedicated to improving health care quality, has endorsed 45 practices to guide health care systems in providing care that is culturally appropriate and patient-centered. More

Is Business Misunderstanding Gender Diversity?
from CSR Asia
Talk to most people about gender diversity and they will think immediately about women, women’s rights and in a CSR context the position of women in the workforce. Sometimes, they might talk about men. That misplaced view of gender diversity is a result of a misunderstanding of the concept of gender and its confusion with the definition of sex. Gender relates to differences between men and women based on both biological and social characteristics. More

Senate Confirms Solis as Labor Secretary
from The Associated Press via The New York Times
Representative Hilda L. Solis of California won confirmation this week as President Obama’s labor secretary, giving the agency a decidedly pro-worker tilt after years of business-friendly leadership in the Bush administration. Solis, 51, will manage an agency with an annual budget of about $53 billion and nearly 17,000 employees. More

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Redundancies: Are Women Getting the Short Straw?
from Personnel Today
Employers must take care that lay-offs do not breach sex discrimination rules. It's an equal opportunities recession, and women are feeling the impact, especially those working in retail, hospitality and administration. More

Older White Patients Still More Likely to be Screened for Colorectal Cancer
from MedPage Today
Colorectal cancer screening rates went up after Medicare began covering the tests in 1998, but racial disparities remain, a cross-sectional study showed. More beneficiaries of all races took advantage of the new benefits, but white patients maintained a higher screening rate than blacks, Hispanics, and Asians and Pacific Islanders, according to the March issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. More

Cancer Death Rates Decline Among Blacks, But Disparities Linger
from U.S. News and World Report
Black Americans' cancer death rates continue to decline, according to an American Cancer Society report. However, they are still diagnosed at more advanced stages of cancer than whites, the report's authors note, and blacks have lower survival rates at each stage of diagnosis of most types of cancers. More

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