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March 21, 2014


Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

ASHHRA Webinar and 50th Anniversary Annual Conference
Webinar: Using Competencies to Drive Performance
Date: April 9
Time: 10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET
Presenter: Mary Saily, director-PwC Saratoga
Price: Free
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In this presentation, "Using Competencies to Drive Performance and Build Culture," PwC Saratoga will cover different approaches to building an organization-specific competency model, practical tips for which approach works best in different situations, multiple uses of competencies (hiring, performance management, 360s, career development, etc.), case study examples of how organizations have used competencies to communicate performance expectations and build a desired culture and measuring the impact of competencies.

Join speaker, Mary Saily for this virtual educational event. Ms. Saily joined PwC Saratoga as a director in November 2013 as a result of her prior firm, HumanR, being acquired by PwC. In this role, she is responsible for business development as well as serving as a project leader on selected client engagements.

Previously, Ms. Saily was with HumanR since 1985, and was named CEO in 2004. In addition to her management responsibilities, she also served as a project leader on consulting assignments involving senior leaders in client organizations.

Ms. Saily has led numerous employee engagement surveys and is experienced in survey design, data analysis and facilitation of executive action planning. She also has expertise in competency modeling, performance management and 360 assessment. In addition, she has developed and facilitated hundreds of training programs in the areas of leadership, team building, customer service and 360 feedback.

This event has been submitted for HRCI CEUs. Register Now

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 will end March 31, 2014. 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
Webinar: Diversity Dialogue - Building Cultural Competence
Date: April 2
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: Neal Goodman, president of Global Dynamics, Inc.

Registration is open for the Institute’s next Diversity Dialogue, “Strategies for Building Cultural Competence.” This webinar will discuss the major factors that push the need for hospitals and health care providers to attain a high level of cultural competence proficiency. The goal of this interactive webinar is to present practical, proven strategies for developing action plans that will help organizations evaluate their existing cultural competence programs. Click here to register for this Diversity Dialogue.

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.

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.)



How HR can be the health care C-suite's secret weapon
HealthLeaders Media
HR is traditionally not considered a source of strategic organizational power, but HR teams within hospitals and health care systems are uniquely equipped to lead health care organizations through this unprecedented time of transition.
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When it comes to workplace sexism, millennial women suffer most
Gender inequality in the workplace still exists and millennial women are most likely to say they’re the ones bearing the brunt of it. New survey research out of the UK finds 42 percent of female employees between 18 – 34 believe that they’ve faced barriers in the workplace because of their sex, as compared to 34 percent of Gen Xers and 26 percent of boomers. Stateside, American millennials also believe that gender equality is alive and well. According to research from the Pew, 51 percent of Millennial woman believe that society favors men over women, 75 percent say more changes are necessary to achieve workplace gender equality and 60 percent believe that men tend to be paid more for the same work. Interestingly, American millennials aren’t connecting these broad social beliefs to their own workplace experiences. Unlike their British counterparts, far fewer American millennial women report that they’ve faced gender discrimination in their own careers – 15 percent compared to 42 percent in the U.K.
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EEOC posts new documents addressing religious discrimination in the workplace
Bloomberg BNA
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission March 6 posted two new technical assistance publications on the agency website that address workplace rights and responsibilities regarding religious dress and grooming under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In a one-page fact sheet, the EEOC provides basic information about Title VII's prohibition on religious discrimination and an employer's obligation reasonably to accommodate workers' religious observances in the workplace unless such accommodation would cause undue hardship to the employer's business.
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  Rely on AHIP for Health Insurance Education

Whether you’re just entering the field or brushing up on your skills, AHIP’s online courses and professional designations will help improve job skills and performance. Benefit from innovative courses focused on current health care trends and policies, including training on: exchanges, Medicare, health care IT and ACA compliance.

Is obesity a diversity concern?
Diversity Executive
In 2008, Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, or ADAAA. In doing so, it declared its intent that the definition of “disability” be construed broadly to afford greater protection to employees. Although the ADAAA does not change the definition of disability, it broadens the term by modifying language within that definition. Following the enactment of the ADAAA, it is more likely an individual’s physical or mental impairment will be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. Last summer, the American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease, a move that some say could lead organizations to pay more attention to the condition and spur more insurers to pay for treatments.
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Funding diversity and inclusion
Diversity Executive
Tony Waller, senior director of corporate affairs constituent relations for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., explains Wal-Mart’s newest efforts to help support more African-Americans’ access to higher education and career opportunities.
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  Fast, Efficient Staffing for Special Projects

When your facility has a need for nurses and faces an urgent and crucial situation, Fastaff has the experience to help you manage effectively.

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Stressed employees need HR resources, boundaries
HealthLeaders Media
Americans seem to be more stressed out than ever before. Lack of job security, decreased compensation, and increased workloads are pervasive across most industries. But is it the responsibility of human resources professionals to step in and help employees de-stress, and if so, how far should they go? Healthcare workers are especially vulnerable, in part due to industry consolidation, pressure from eroding reimbursements, and seismic changes 'introduced by the PPACA, including the push for implementation of EHR systems and the transition to ICD-10. All of these stressors come in addition to the already highly emotional nature of helping the sick and injured.
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  One Day, One Thousand Tests

"We were able to screen 1,011 people—that’s 1/3 of our employees—in just one day through the SPOTLIGHT™ Event…which means we gain the time to pay attention to other programs that make a difference in the health and wellness of employees.” Visit to learn more.

Seven major health care workforce changes not caused by the PPACA
Becker's Hospital Review
The storm of changes underway in health care is severely buffeting the health care workforce. While the public debate about the health care transformation now underway focuses almost entirely on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the fact is that most of the current changes long predate the health care reform law. Of nine trends with the greatest impact on the workforce, seven began long before the PPACA.
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