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April 17, 2015


Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

ASHHRA Annual Conference, HR Metrics, Mentoring Program and Thought Leader Forum

Would you like financial assistance to attend the ASHHRA 51st Annual Conference & Exposition, September 19–22, 2015, in Orlando, Florida?

ASHHRA has generous partners offering financial assistance to attend the ASHHRA Annual Conference. Deadlines are fast approaching, but you still have time to apply! We hope you take advantage of these great opportunities:

MetLife Conference Scholarship - Nine recipients will receive $1,500 each
HealthcareSource New-to-the-Profession Conference Grant - Three recipients will receive $1,500 each
Gary Wills Leadership Award - Two recipients will receive $2,500 each

Don't forget: Annual conference registration includes one year of ASHHRA membership for non-members!

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2015 Mentoring Program

The 2015 Mentoring Program is accepting registrations from practitioner members. If you are interested in participating in the Mentoring Program, complete and submit the requested information in the following link: ASHHRA Mentoring Registration. Click here for a brief video of mentor and HR leader Maureen O'Keeffe talking about the vital role of mentorship.

Thought Leader Forum: Managing Multiple Generations in Your Workforce
The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA), a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA), in collaboration with TIAA-CREF, a financial services company and longstanding partner of ASHHRA, held its eleventh Thought Leader Forum on Saturday, September 27, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois. Click here for our free whitepaper containing the results of our Thought Leader Forum on Managing Multiple Generations in Your Workforce.

IFD Webinar, Policy Brief and Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)

SAVE THE DATE - April Diversity Dialogue: Asian Health Care and Disparities Reduction
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT
Duration: 90 minutes
Presenter: Ram Raju, M.D., president and CEO, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
Price: FREE - Webinar participation and recordings of this webinar are restricted to members of the Institute for Diversity. For more information about Institute membership, please click here.

Participants will hear about Asian health care and receive remedial actions to effectively manage disparities essential to achieving an overall healthy population. For more information, including registration, please click here.

New ALCDH Policy Brief Details Ways To Achieve Triple Aim
A new policy brief from the American Leadership Council on Diversity in Healthcare (ALCDH), an advisory group of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, details areas in which diversity initiatives can support efforts to achieve the Triple Aim, improving the individual experience of care, improving the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost. The brief features a number of resources, including a new toolkit from the Institute and AHA's Equity of Care initiative, that provide a framework to help hospital leaders accelerate the elimination of health care disparities and ensure their leadership teams and board members reflect the communities they serve. Kinneil Coltman, chief diversity officer at Greenville Health System, recently authored a blog for Equity of Care detailing the policy brief; to read the blog entry, click here.

Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
Registration is open for the 2015 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. Institute members enjoy a $500 reduction in administration fees. Intern matching will begin in January 2015; internships will run June – August 2015. For more information, please click here or contact Chris Biddle, membership & education specialist, at

Hospital diversity improvement plans, goals: 16 things to know
Becker's Hospital Review
While job areas related to patient care have experienced a long history of diversification, the same cannot be said of health care jobs in upper management, according to a report from the NAACP. Some hospitals and health systems have created programs to monitor diversity procurement, but overall, diversity programs are largely lacking in the health care industry, according to the NAACP's Opportunity & Diversity Report Card on the health care industry, the third in a series of economic health care reports on corporate diversity and inclusion. The NAACP cited findings from the most recent Institute for Diversity in Health Management biannual benchmarking surveys to demonstrate specific areas in which the health care industry has the opportunity to grow diversity.
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Diversity's central paradox
Let’s not mince words about workplace diversity. It’s tough to get it right. On the one hand, your greatest chance to create a successful, productive team today involves a diverse membership. On the other hand, the more diverse that membership becomes, the worse the odds are that the team will survive long enough to produce those results. That’s diversity’s paradox and challenge.
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Why diversity professionals need predictive and other analytics
Diversity Executive
There’s a fair amount of buzz around diversity measurement and analytics. Advances in software, newly available data sources and how-to manuals have made it easier to gain access to diversity measures. Although interest in measuring the effects of diversity has been growing, the topic still challenges even the most sophisticated and progressive diversity departments. Many diversity professionals and practitioners know they must begin to show how diversity is linked to the bottom line or they will have difficulty maintaining funding, gaining support and assessing progress.
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How diversity makes us smarter
The Creativity Post
The first thing to acknowledge about diversity is that it can be difficult. In the U.S., where the dialogue of inclusion is relatively advanced, even the mention of the word “diversity” can lead to anxiety and conflict. Supreme Court justices disagree on the virtues of diversity and the means for achieving it. Corporations spend billions of dollars to attract and manage diversity both internally and externally, yet they still face discrimination lawsuits, and the leadership ranks of the business world remain predominantly white and male.
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African-American women confident, optimistic, but have to play a role
Marketing Daily
Women face challenges at work, but black women face unique ones: A new study says they are ambitious, confident and generally optimistic, but under unusual (versus white women) pressure to fit into a “safe” professional persona. African-American lifestyle and culture magazine Essence has commissioned a study with global marketing firm Added Value Cheskin to look at African-American women in the workforce and the challenges they face.
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America's lack of workforce diversity: New campaign gives call to action
Black Enterprise
Studies show that African-Americans held a stagnant 12 percent of all jobs between 2001 and 2014; and with recent data from the Pew Research Center showing that women make up only 5 percent of CEOs in the nation’s Fortune 500 companies, it’s clear corporate America is struggling to create a work environment that’s reflective of diversity and inclusion. That’s why leaders at the new recruiting platform Jopwell have launched the Let Them See Us campaign to call out corporate America for its failed efforts.
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Tipping the scales
Human Resource Executive Online
Employers beware: That’s the message three Silicon Valley court cases are sending to companies nationwide after social-media giants Twitter and Facebook along with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture-capital firm, were hit with gender-discrimination lawsuits. Although Ellen Pao, plaintiff and former partner at Kleiner Perkins, recently lost her suit, her case still called nationwide attention to employer discrimination, prompting many HR professionals to take a deeper look inside their own workplaces.
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Developing an inclusive, diverse workforce
1to1 Media
Just as the U.S. population grows more diverse, so must the average company's workforce. To remain on the cusp of innovation, leaders must conduct an internal audit to explore their brand's current scope and expand future outreach initiatives. Examining how present employees and existing strategies align allows executives to identify areas in need of improvement and ways in which inclusion can support growth.
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Some countries set quotas for women in corporate leadership roles
Bloomberg BNA
It was a tobacco company that targeted female smokers with the slogan, “You’ve come a long way, baby!” (to which Gloria Steinem responded, “I could have done without the ‘baby’”). But however far women have come in the past few decades, their paths all-too-rarely reach into the C-suite and boardroom, whether on this side of the Atlantic or the other.
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