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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
March 13, 2009
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Dear ASHHRA and IFD Members,

ASHHRA and the IFD request your participation in valuable initiatives:

I) ASHHRA/IH Strategies National Health Care Staff Compensation Survey
II) IFD Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
III) IFD Diversity Dialogue

I) ASHHRA / IH Strategies National Health Care Staff Compensation Survey

This proprietary survey is our second annual compensation survey with participant information from ASHHRA and IH Strategies in a single comprehensive survey. The survey measures salaries, special pay practices, incentives, and benefits. The participation period is Feb. 23 – April 3 and the published report will be available in August of 2009. All ASHHRA participants will receive a 10% discount on the survey report. Visit for participation instructions and call Sharon Allen at (312) 422-3722 if you have any questions.

II) Summer Enrichment Program and Diversity Dialogue Updates

Everyday, the United States becomes more diverse. It is critical that your facility is able to competently service these diverse populations who have complex health care needs. Becoming a Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) Host Site is an excellent way to help fill your leadership pipeline with diverse talent. Additionally, becoming a Host Site is an economical way to receive superior candidates and reduce recruiting expenses for your future senior health care administration executives. The Institute conducts the necessary screening and recruitment work at a fraction of the usual search cost.

Visit our Web site,, for more information about the SEP or to register your health care organization as a Host Site. Please contact Pamela Janniere, Educational Programs Consultant, at or at (312) 422-2658 with any questions. We look forward to your participation in this important program.

III) Diversity Dialogue

Register for our upcoming Diversity Dialogue, “High-Tech Solutions for LEP Patients,” which will take place Tuesday, March 17, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Central Time. Click HERE to register and contact Zach Benjamin, Membership Program Specialist, at or at (312) 422-2691 with any questions.


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

Employee Discrimination Claims Set Record, EEOC Says
from Bloomberg
Discrimination claims filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last year rose to the highest in the agency’s 44-year history, after a Supreme Court ruling that changed the way complaints may be filed. A record 95,402 claims were filed during the year ended Sept. 30, the EEOC said. That was 15 percent more than in 2007. More than 25 percent of claims filed contained an allegation of age discrimination, while more than 34 percent of the filings included complaints of retaliation, according to the agency. More

Obama’s Council on Women and Girls
from The New York Times
President Obama signed an executive order establishing the "White House Council on Women and Girls." The purpose of the new group "is to ensure that American women and girls are treated fairly in all matters of public policy," he said at the signing. "Our progress in these areas is an important measure of whether we are truly fulfilling the promise of our democracy for all our people." More

MIT Hosts Diversity Roundtable for New England Schools, Hospitals
from MIT News Office
Diversity means more than recruiting unrepresented minorities; that's only the start. Diversity means paying attention to "micro-messaging" that implies someone got special hiring treatment. It means encouraging cultural competency among faculty and senior administrators to help them interact effectively with people from different backgrounds. Above all, it requires leadership at all levels of an institution. More

Kaiser Permanente Tops Workplace Diversity List
The Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente ranked No. 1 in DiversityMBA Magazine's fourth annual list of best workplaces for managers from diverse backgrounds. DiversityMBA Magazine evaluates companies' recruitment and diversity programs, as well as their implementation of strategies based on accountability, strong inclusion practices, and ongoing evaluation of retention and recruitment activities. More

   Product Showcase: Findley Davies

Findley Davies, in response to the overwhelming amount of information on changes in legislation and daily economic updates, has created Best Practices for HR in a Down Economy to help employers and HR leaders stay informed and make the best decisions for their organization. Findley Davies' website will be regularly updated with Best Practices, focused on helping employers and HR leaders sustain and develop their organization. The first four Best Practices are below:
Best Practice #1 – Develop a compliance checklist and monitor changes in legislation.
Best Practice #2 – Develop a communication strategy that helps all associates better understand the value of their relationship with the organization.
Best Practice #3 - Benchmark various compensation programs to determine their competitiveness given the changes in local and national markets.
Best Practice #4 – Develop a five-year HR technology strategy.
Visit the Findley Davies website for supporting articles and additional information on Best Practices for HR in a Down Economy. More info

Disabled, Ill Kids Pose Workplace Challenges
from Workforce Management
The population of special-needs children is rising, but few U.S. employers realize how that group affects the workplace, experts say. According to the Boston-based Center for Child and Adolescent Health Care Policy, an estimated 8.6 percent of U.S. workers care for a child younger than 18 with physical or mental disabilities or chronic conditions. That has tripled since 1960, the organization says. More

Special Report: Blacks Left Behind in Health Care
from Redding News Review
There is an embarrassing gap in health care in America as it relates to blacks. The cultural difference of growing up black in the American health care system is a modern day nightmare for many physically, mentally and spiritually. Some of these differences are cultural but many have to do with race, beliefs and access to care for treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, asthma, cancer, diabetes, glaucoma, suicide, depression, knee replacements and end of life care. More

Diversity Clinic Gets $1.3M From Stimulus
from the Coastal Courier
Diversity Health Center recently got its piece — a $1.3 million slice — of the pie from President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package to individual states. Diversity's grant is part of a $4.9 million package to three other Georgia health centers. "This is just sort of like manna from heaven," said Deidre Michelson, health department administrator, during the recent Board of Health meeting. More

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