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Mar. 23, 2012

Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

Please consider these topical webinars for you and your staff. Register today and take advantage of these informative sessions.

ASHHRA Webinar
Topic: Dependent Eligibility Audits—Cost Containment for Your Health Plan featuring an Educational Conversation with Dignity Health
Wednesday, March 28
Time: 10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET
Duration: 60 minutes
Presenter: : Jane Jeffries, Health Plans Manager, Human Resources, Dignity Health
Rich Flaherty, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, HMS
Price: Free for ASHHRA members (Become a member of ASHHRA and get the Webinar for FREE!)

During this educational conversation, Dignity Health details why it performed a dependent eligibility audit as part of its ongoing effort to monitor and control health care costs. Learn new strategies to keep your organization’s health plan efficient and ensure compliance with regulations, while significantly lowering costs.

Please click here to register

Topic: Managing Affirmative Action Plans and OFCCP Audits in 2012: Challenges that the Health Care Industry Must Face
Thursday, April 5
Time: 10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET
Duration: 75 minutes
Sponsored by: OutSolve
Presenter: : Chris Lindholm, VP Compliance, OutSolve, LLC
Desiree Throckmorton , Director, OutSolve, LLC
Price: Free for ASHHRA members | $24.99 for non-members (Become a member of ASHHRA and get the Webinar for FREE!)

Health care facilities face many challenges when creating annual Affirmative Action Plans (AAP), and with the OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs) pushing for significant changes to the regulations, compliance in 2012 will be more difficult than ever. The OutSolve team will review the pending changes at OFCCP and their potential impact on Federal contractors in addition to discussion regarding specific issues that health care companies face during a desk audit.

Please click here to register

IFD Webinar
Leveraging Employee Resource Groups
Wednesday, March 28
10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET
90 minutes
Le Joyce Naylor, executive director of diversity and inclusion/senior administrator of community relations and diversity, Cleveland Clinic
Andres Gonzalez, director of diversity and community outreach/interim supplier diversity, Cleveland Clinic

This presentation will discuss Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), how they are used as a key component in cultural competency, as well as successes, challenges, and opportunities.
Price: Free
for IFD members | $99.99 for non-IFD members

Please click here to register.

Institute for Diversity National Conference, June 5-6
for details and to register by March 15, click here.



Eliminating healthcare disparities: How Kaiser Permanente and Trinity Health close racial gaps
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Imagine a medication that could drastically reduce your risk of stroke. Now imagine not having access to it. Thousands of Americans with diabetes and heart disease are at increased risk for stroke, but many lack access to treatment because of barriers in income, language or culture. Thanks to an initiative from Kaiser Permanente's Care Management Institute, a simple, low-cost preventative treatment is becoming more readily available, especially to traditionally underserved populations, including Blacks, Latinos, Asians and American Indians. More

Unlawful discrimination based on pregnancy still exists
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Most working mothers find it challenging to find a good work/life balance. For working expecting mothers, it can sometimes be difficult even keeping a job even though federal law is on their sides. Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace is still common despite the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which requires most U.S. employers to treat pregnant women the same way they would treat other employees. More

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Top 5 industry sectors in workforce diversity
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A study released by Forbes Insights, “Diversity & Inclusion: Unlocking Global Potential—Global Diversity Rankings by Country, Sector and Occupation,” ranks and measures diversity of workforces. Gender and age in particular determined the rankings of diversity by industry sector. The Forbes Insights study measured diversity by gender, age and geography. The only countries to track employment by ethnicity are the U.S. and the U.K., where the hotel and catering sector ranked No. 1 in ethnic diversity. More

Take this pill — It can cure your racism
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If only it were that simple. Let's face it, folks: We could probably all just pack up our bags and go home if complex diversity issues had such a straightforward solution. That’s why it’s borderline insulting to read about a product that could potentially "cure" racism. A recent study by Oxford University found that a pill called Propranolol — which is supposed to alleviate high blood pressure, migraines and other ailments — apparently has some sort of impact on the part of the central nervous system that controls subconscious attitudes on race. More

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Are you overlooking valuable potential employees?
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The Disability Funders Network says that people with disabilities constitute the largest minority group in the U.S. – approximately 20 percent of the total population. This group also has an unemployment rate 10 times greater than the national rate. We all know it's wrong to discriminate, but it seems outrageous that so many employers aren't utilizing this qualified group of people who are ready and able to work. Thankfully, there are readily available resources out there to help us diversify our workforce. More

Workplace discrimination harms businesses financially
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There's a price to be paid for workplace discrimination — $64 billion. That amount represents the annual estimated cost of losing and replacing more than 2 million American workers who leave their jobs each year due to unfairness and discrimination. More

Religion at work can bring fire and brimstone
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Employees have religious rights in the workplace, but wearing your religion on your sleeve at work can be hazardous to your career. The question of how much religion in the workplace is too much is playing out in a California court this week with a closely watched case involving a former NASA employee. More

Does diversity have a downside?
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Many people assume "a diverse workforce" entails equality of opportunity — laws, or some social mechanism, ensuring a healthy balance between men and women and preventing discrimination in the workplace by gender, age, ethnicity, class and so forth. But a study as globally ambitious as Forbes Insights' "Diversity & Inclusion: Unlocking Global Potential—Global Diversity Rankings by Country, Sector and Occupation" necessarily introduces some complexities and trade-offs in what can be measured and compared among countries in a meaningful way. More

Study finds race gap in breast cancer deaths in many cities
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African-American women with breast cancer in Chicago are more likely to die of their disease than white women. Now a new study by Chicago researchers finds that the disparity is a widespread problem in major cities. A team from the Sinai Urban Health Institute calculated the race gap in breast cancer mortality for the nation's 25 biggest cities, and found that more than half of them have a significant disparity. More

Diversity in the workplace: Creating long term business solutions
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The new book, "The End of Diversity As We Know It", is billed as a how-to manual for business and nonprofits interested in shifting the way people think about diversity, according it its author Martin Davidson. In his research, Davidson found that despite all of the efforts for increasing diversity in the workplace, real change was not happening. More

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