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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
April 17, 2009
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Hello ASHHRA & IFD Members,

Please mark your calendars for the next ASHHRA Webinar

When: April 22
Topic: AARP Workforce Assessment Tool Introduction
The speaker will discuss tools useful for handling workforce issues.
To Register: Visit

Visit the Brand New ASHHRA Online Community at
You 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.

Participate in the ASHHRA/Integrated Healthcare Strategies 2009 Compensation Survey
The deadline has been extended to Friday, April 17 for the staff survey and May 15 for the executive survey. Visit for more information on how to participate.


Cathy Sewell
Executive Director

Hello Everyone,

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.


Fred Hobby
President, CEO
Institute for Diversity

Workplace Diversity Pays: Research Links Diversity with Increased Sales Revenue and Profits, More Customers
from American Sociological Association
Workplace diversity is among the most important predictors of a business’ sales revenue, customer numbers and profitability, according to research to be published in the April issue of the American Sociological Review. In one of only a few studies to empirically examine the implications of organizational diversity, sociologist Cedric Herring found that a workforce comprised of employees of both genders and varying racial backgrounds resulted in positive business outcomes. More

Diversity in the Workplace: Search for Similarities
Want to develop effective working relationships with diverse people at work? Start with similarities, not differences, among people when you build relationships. Diversity in the workplace adds a special richness, but also special challenges. As a human resources professional, manager, supervisor, coworker, staff member or business owner, effective diverse work relationships are critical for your success. More

Georgia Businesses Must Raise Number of Women Executives
from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
According to Chief Executive magazine's 2009 "Best & Worst States" survey, Georgia improved its standing as one of the best states for jobs and business growth. The state moved up in the rankings to fourth place from seventh. While that may be good news for the ol’ boys’ network, the women in Georgia have no cause to celebrate. More

Finding a Job in a Fair Workplace in Hard Times
from the Dallas Voice
Imagine working at a job for six years with exceptional performance reviews. A new boss comes in, and in the space of three weeks you lose your job — because you are gay. It happens every day, in just about every industry you can think of — because it’s all perfectly legal. 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.

Payout in Age Discrimination Case
from BBC
Linda Sturdy was 56 when she was passed over for a job running breast screening services by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in the U.K. An employment tribunal ruled the hospital worker, from Ripon, North Yorkshire, was turned down because she was nearing retirement age. She was awarded the money for injury to feelings and aggravated damages. More

Health Care Firm Accused of Punishing Spanish-speakers Settles Suit
from The Los Angeles Times
Latino workers in California and Texas allegedly punished for speaking Spanish in their workplaces will be granted up to $450,000, free English classes and other relief under a consent decree approved this week in a class-action lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Los Angeles. More

Top Issues of the Next Century
from ADVANCE for LPNs
It will come as no surprise that nurses believe the nursing shortage is the No. 1 issue facing the profession and health care in this new century. However, this issue squeaked into the first place slot by an exceedingly small margin-one vote-in the Nursing Survey conducted last fall by ADVANCE for Nurses. Other issues included the aging patient population, increasing acuity level in home care, tolerance of diversity, compensation and the role of advanced practice. More

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