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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
March 27, 2009
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Dear ASHHRA & IFD Members

The Institute for Diversity brings you two important events:

I) Summer Enrichment Program
The Institute for Diversity invites you to participate in a special teleconference discussing the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) and the benefits of becoming a Host Site, especially in our current economy. This event will take place on Thursday, April 2, 2009 from 9:30-10:30 a.m., CST. Dial-in: 1-800-351-6802, Pass Code: 56484.

II) Diversity Dialogue
Our special dialogue will feature Ms. Rosalyn Cole, Associate Medical Center Director with the Fayetteville VA Medical Center. Ms. Cole has been instrumental in having the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) adopt SEP as their official internship program. Even during these tough times, the VHA has increased their participation by 300% over the last year. Fred Hobby, President and CEO, as well as Pamela Janniere, Educational Programs Consultant will discuss the Institute, SEP and why serving as a Host Site can be a solution to your bottom line. You will have an opportunity to ask questions of all the panel participants.

Please contact Pamela Janniere, Educational Programs Consultant, at or at (312) 422-2658 with any questions.


Fred Hobby
Institute for Diversity
Cathy Sewell,
Executive Director

National Urban League Urges Obama to Address Racial Health Disparities in Annual Report
The National Urban League released its annual of "State of Black America" report, in which it urges President Obama to address healthcare and other disparities blacks face. According to the 288-page report, blacks are twice as likely to be unemployed, three times as likely to live in poverty and more than six times as likely as others to be incarcerated. Obama has said that the government could address such disparities by improving education, employment and healthcare among all U.S. residents. More

Georgia Lawmaker Opens Door for English-Only At Work
from WSB-TV
A Georgia congressman is pushing a hot-button issue − an English-only law. Rep. Tom Price introduced his "Common Sense English Act," which would allow employers the freedom to make employees speak only English at work. Right now, business owners are required by federal law to be open to employees who speak all languages. But Price wants to give business owners the right to mandate English-only inside their doors. More

New Workplace Equalizer: Ambition
from The Wall Street Journal
After decades of glacial change in gender roles, a new generation of working women is proving to be as ambitious as their male counterparts, as measured by their eagerness to move up the career ladder. Based on a unique long-term study of attitudes in the U.S. workforce, about two-thirds of both men and women under age 29 say they desire more responsibility on the job. More

Recession has Silver Lining for Minority Healthcare Workers
from Black Voice News
The recession's brutal pain may prove to be a sweet gain for minority healthcare workers. Douglas Finley, a 35-year-old victim of the housing construction crisis, is hoping a change in careers puts him back in the workforce. "Healthcare, that's where the jobs are," he said. "The workplace is changing, and I'm trying to change too," said Finley, who went back to college to become a medical assistant. Last week, instead of receiving a pink slip Finley who is African-American got a green light after interviewing at a Rancho Cucamonga physicianís group. More

   Engaging Employees through
   Effective Communication Tools

   By: Kate Murawa,
   Communication Solutions Consultant with Findley Davies, Inc.

In a time where we are faced with doing more with less, the most essential part of your business is your top talent. And right now, your top performers are more valuable than ever. Ensuring that they are engaged and motivated is going to be what sets your organization apart and gets you through to the other side of this economic crisis. How do you keep your employees productive and give them a sense of security and control in an otherwise uncontrollable environment? Itís time to refine and execute a comprehensive communication strategy. This article describes some of the top ways to do that. To read the entire article, visit

Black Male Children Face Highest Risk for Food Allergies
from Health Day
Researchers analyzing a survey on food sensitivities have found that black male children may have a greater risk of having a food allergy. The national survey included 8,203 people, from infants to seniors who tested positive for the allergen antibody linked to possible issues with eggs, milk, peanuts and shrimp. The sensitivity levels to these potential food allergens were then tested in all participants. More

Web site Bridges Gap Between Doctors, Patients of Other Cultures
from The Hamilton Spectator
An innovative Web site aimed at closing the gap between cultures and the Hamilton medical community in Ontario is in the works. The site, called Cultural and Diversity Resources for Health Care Professionals, was introduced recently in the Hamilton's Centre for Civic Inclusion's (HCCI) report to the community presented at Liuna Station. More

March 31 Is Early-Bird Deadline for ASHHRA Annual Convention

Make sure you mark your calendars for the 2009 ASHHRA Conference & Exposition, which is being held Nov. 1-3, 2009, in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency on the River Walk. The theme of this year's conference is "New Heights for HR Leaders." We are expecting an attendance of more than 600 health care HR professionals and 150 exhibitors.

Register by Tuesday and save up to $50.

Click here to register.

Mixing Work and Religion
from Jacksonville Journal-Courier
If your religion affects the way you work, should you discuss it during the interview process? Unless you wear an outward sign of your religion, such as a yarmulke, potential employers won't know about your faith. However, if you must leave the office for lunchtime services every Friday, your life will be much easier if you work where your religious practices are honored. More

End of Life Healthcare More for Hispanics and Blacks
from the CAUSA, Oregon's Immigrant Rights Coalition
According to a report published in Archives of Internal Medicine journal, Hispanic descendants and blacks pay more for end of life healthcare compared to with whites. Researchers in the study also noted that, "minorities are less likely than whites to get aggressive medical care throughout their lives. " More

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