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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
April 3, 2009
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Dear ASHHRA Members,

ASHHRA is providing Webinars this month that cover important topics you need as leaders within your health care organizations. On April 8th, Constangy, Brooks, Smith, LLP, will host the “FMLA Check Up” Webinar that will review all the new FMLA regulations that are effective as of January 16th of this year. In addition, the AARP will provide a FREE workshop for ASHHRA members on April 22nd that introduces a new Workforce Assessment Tool that will provide you with a way to handle workforce issues.. Please do not miss these important Webinars. They will help you in the day to day challenges you face as health care HR leaders. Visit the ASHHRA Web site for registration forms and more information.

April is also the time when (as promised) ASHHRA is launching the ASHHRA Online Community where you will have the opportunity to join your colleagues in sharing hot topics, resources, and conversations. We are very enthused about the new tool and invite your feedback as you use it to ensure that ASHHRA is meeting your needs. Look for ways to reach other ASHHRA members and chapters and seek out the latest information on a myriad of topics, including EFCA, the Joint Commission, etc.

We also look forward to seeing you in Chicago later this year. Register now for the 45th ASHHRA Annual Conference & Exposition at the Hyatt Regency November 1 – 3, and join us for the best learning sessions and the most fun you’ll have in the home town of ASHHRA.

Dear IFD Members,

Visit the Institute’s Career Center Today
The Institute for Diversity’s Career Center is central to our mission of increasing the extent to which health care leaders represent the cultural communities that they serve. One key benefit of Institute membership is the ability to post employment opportunities in our Job Bank, searchable by thousands of qualified minority and diversity-minded candidates at all career stages.

In addition, our Resume Bank is the first recruitment stop for our nearly 650 member organizations, and you could be their next hire. Posting your resume is fast and easy, and doing so will expose you to recruitment professionals from some of the most distinguished and progressive organizations in the health care field.
Post your resume to the Institute’s Career Center Resume Bank today. Click HERE to access the Career Center directly, and follow the links to sign up for services. Registration and resume postings are absolutely free.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at or (312) 422-2691 with questions. Whether you are a graduate student seeking your first position in health care or a seasoned executive looking for new challenges, the Institute for Diversity’s Career Center should be your first stop for key exposure to the nation’s finest health care organizations.


Cathy Sewell
Executive Director
Fred Hobby
President, CEO
Institute for Diversity

Celebrating Diversity Can Enhance the Workplace
from NPR
A recent study found that in the 'colorblind' workplace, where racial and ethnic differences are downplayed, employees may feel less engaged. But workplaces that promote multiculturalism may have better retention rates and employee investment. However, neither approach is perfect. More

Employment and Anti-Discrimination Laws: An Introduction
from Reuters
Almost every employer and employee is subject to obligations and protections under a number of federal employment and anti-discrimination laws, while state laws may vary greatly in terms of their application to employers and protections provided to employees. Following is a primer on important federal employment and anti-discrimination laws. Given the wide variation in state employment and anti-discrimination laws, it is important that you also understand the employment laws in your state. More

When the Stork Carries a Pink Slip
from The New York Times
Here’s a pop quiz: Which of the following would violate federal employment law? No. 1: Laying off a pregnant woman. No.: Laying off a woman on maternity leave. Pencils down. The answer is "neither." More

Tips for Creating a "Friendly" Workplace
from Reuters
Now that you realize that discrimination and harassment are illegal, here's what can you do to prevent improper behavior in the workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has stated that preventative measures are one of the best ways to combat workplace discrimination and harassment. Saying that, however, is easier than accomplishing it. Here are some tips on how to create a "friendly" workplace, where discrimination and harassment cease to exist. More

   Findley Davies' Best Practices for HR in a Down Economy - Second Release

Findley Davies is committed to helping our clients and contacts navigate the recession and respond to the overwhelming amount of information being distributed on changes in legislation and effects of the recession on area businesses. In response, Findley Davies has developed Best Practices for HR in a Down Economy. The second Best Practices release contains four new Best Practices, listed below.

Best Practice #4 – Evaluate current health and welfare providers for financial stability, shift in market and fees.
Best Practice #5 – Benchmark various compensation programs to determine their competitiveness given the changes in local and national markets.
Best Practice #6 – Design a senior leadership communication strategy.
Best Practice #7 – Implement change management strategies.
Visit the Findley Davies website,, to view this release and related supporting articles, case studies and briefings.

AAHPM: Diversity of Pediatric Palliative Care Patients Documented
from MedPage Today
Pediatric palliative care programs serve a diverse group of patients that defies the stereotypes that many professionals outside the discipline might have, data from six large programs suggest. Patients with genetic and congenital conditions accounted for the largest numbers, but a substantial proportion had neuromuscular, respiratory, or gastrointestinal conditions. More

A New Look at Race and Natural Selection
from The New York Times
In a worldwide survey of 50 populations, a team of geneticists has identified many fingerprints of natural selection in the human genome. These are sites on the genome where specific sequences of DNA show signs of having become more common in the population, presumably because they helped their owners adapt to new climates, diseases or other factors. More

South Asian Diabetics at Risk for Early Eye Trouble
from Reuters
South Asians with type 2 diabetes have a much higher risk of losing their eyesight to diabetic eye disease, or "retinopathy," and losing it at an earlier age, compared to White Europeans with type 2 diabetes, researchers report. According to a study published in the journal Diabetes Care, diabetic retinopathy − damage to the tiny blood vessels supplying the retina − is more prevalent in South Asians with diabetes and occurs earlier than in White Europeans with diabetes. More

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