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April 18, 2014


Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

ASHHRA Webinar and 50th Anniversary Annual Conference
Please Don’t Go: How to Retain Your Top Health Care Talent, Harnessing Assessments and Selection to Improve Retention
Date: May 6
Time: 10:00 a.m. PT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 12:00 p.m. CT, 1:00 p.m. ET
Price: Free for ASHHRA members Register Now
60-minute webinar

Poor retention in health care is a major and ongoing problem. In this webinar, you will learn the reasons hospital staff leaves and the ways in which hospitals can enhance retention through talent management and employee development practices. This AHA Solutions Signature Learning Series™ webinar is brought to you by AHA Solutions, Inc., and HealthcareSource. Click here for more information and to register.

Register Today – The ASHHRA 50th Annual Conference & Exposition
Registration is open for the annual conference to be held this year in Chicago, Ill., from September 27-30. As this year is the 50th anniversary of the ASHHRA annual conference, the theme will be “Honoring our Past/Preparing for our Future.” Debbi Fields, founder, baker, chief cookie lover and former chairman of Mrs. Fields Cookies, and Bill Rancic, winner of “The Apprentice,” are among the keynote speakers. All health care HR practitioners, consultants, students and retirees are encouraged to attend. As a reminder, non-member registration INCLUDES one year of ASHHRA membership, and ASHHRA members can renew their membership with registration.

Register for the ASHHRA 50th Annual Conference & Exposition here. For information about sponsorship opportunities, please click here. For information about exhibiting at the conference, click here or contact Doreen Bonnema at 312-541-0567, X653 or at

ASHHRA and IFD Shared Webinar
Serving the Most Vulnerable: Population Health and the Reduction of Health Care Disparities
Date: May 13
Time: 11:30 a.m. PT, 12:30 p.m. MT, 1:30 p.m. CT, 2:30 p.m. ET
Jack Lynch, president and CEO of Main Line Health
Chinwe Onyekere, director of ambulatory services and business development at Lankenau Medical Center/Main Line Health
Price: Free for ASHHRA and Institute for Diversity members, but advanced registration is required. Register Now
60-minute webinar

Population health is receiving increased attention for its role in improving health care, specifically its impact on health care disparities. This webinar will examine how hospitals, health care providers and clinicians are using population health to advance equitable care and its overall benefits to the work they do. In collaboration with the Institute for Diversity, in this webinar you will hear about the presenters’ work and how their lessons learned can improve the care you provide.

Learning Objectives: Explore the concept of population health and community health as a way to address health care disparities; promote innovative strategies for leveraging population health to improve the care you provide and provide best practice examples to assist you in tailoring efforts of your own.

This webinar is brought to you by HPOE Live!, an American Hospital Association webinar series that highlights leading strategies and innovations in performance improvement that are being championed today in America's hospitals and health systems. It is produced by Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence, the AHA's strategic platform that provides field-tested practices, tools, education and other networking resources to accelerate performance improvement and delivery system transformation in the nation's hospitals and health systems. Keep an eye out for future upcoming webinars in the series. To register, click here.

IFD Webinar, Summer Enrichment Program and National Leadership & Education Conference
April 30 Diversity Dialogue – Diversity and Inclusion
Date: April 30
Time: 10:00 a.m. PT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 12:00 p.m. CT, 1:00 p.m. ET
Sabrina Harris, director of diversity and inclusion at Abington Memorial Hospital
James W. Gauss, chairman of board services at Witt/Kieffer
Price: FREE for Institute for Diversity members; $99 for non-members
90-minute webinar

Registration is open for the Institute’s next Diversity Dialogue, “Diversity and Inclusion is a Journey…Not a Destination.” Sponsored by Witt/Kieffer, this webinar will discuss challenges that arise when the diversity of hospital staff conflicts with the diversity of its patients. The goal of this interactive webinar is to present Abington Memorial Hospital’s journey to diversity and inclusion through self-assessment and patient feedback. To register for this webinar, click here. For more information about this Diversity Dialogue, click here.

Summer Enrichment Program Enrollment Open Now
Intern matching has begun for the 2014 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. More than 700 students have successfully completed the SEP program since the Institute’s inception in 1994. For more information about the SEP, including opportunities for discounted administration fees, click here or contact Chris O. Biddle, membership and education specialist, at 312-422-2658 or at

Register Today – 2014 National Leadership & Education Conference
Registration is open for the Institute for Diversity in Health Management’s (Institute) 2014 National Leadership and Education Conference, June 12 - 13, 2014, in Chicago, Ill. The Institute’s biennial conference is the premier health services conference on managing diversity. Senior health care executives, human resource directors, diversity specialists, consultants, trustees and others examine leadership opportunities for ethnic and racial minorities in health management and explore recruitment and retention strategies. Over the course of two days, the Institute's conference provides leadership development in diversity management, insight on designing and effectively managing diversity programs, valuable resources and tools for health care organizations, succession planning and more. As a reminder, Institute members receive $100 off each conference registration, as well as access to an exclusive, members-only interactive event.

To register for the 2014 National Conference, click here. For more information about the conference, please click here or contact Jetaun Mallett, manager of operations and business development, at 312-422-2692 or



Employers struggle to advance diversity initiatives beyond compliance, report says
Bloomberg BNA
Employers value diversity and inclusion initiatives, but many still struggle to advance them beyond basic compliance requirements, according to a study released by HR consulting firm Bersin by Deloitte. The report found that although a majority of organizations (71 percent) aspire, within three years, to have an “inclusive” culture, only 11 percent report that they currently have one. Further, researchers discovered that about half of organizations (51 percent) have progressed beyond a compliance-driven approach to diversity.
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Diversity is not just a buzzword
Diversity has become the third rail of business. No one knows this better than Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, who received a firestorm of criticism recently for his ill-considered response to the accusation that his company lacked gender diversity. Companies are fond of proclaiming that they encourage diversity in terms of racial, ethnic, religious and sexual orientation. In spite of this encouragement, the reality is that many workplaces have remained fairly homogenous. Diversity has become a buzzword that is tossed around in executive discussions but rarely translates to real policy.
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Infographic: How to make your hiring strategy more diverse
The Undercover Recruiter
Many employers may focus their efforts on hiring a team with similar mentalities, educational histories, or skills knowledge. But a diverse team offers varying perspectives and a multitude of skillsets — often equating to better performance, a great brand image and growth in an organization. With more than 85 percent of companies taking action to hire African Americans, Latinos and women this year, it’s important that you take similar measures to stay competitive and current in your market. The following infographic, compiled by InternMatch, showcases how to incorporate diversity into your recruitment strategy.
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  Rely on AHIP for Health Insurance Education

Whether you’re just entering the field or brushing up on your skills, AHIP’s online courses and professional designations will help improve job skills and performance. Benefit from innovative courses focused on current health care trends and policies, including training on: exchanges, Medicare, health care IT and ACA compliance.

One giant leap for diversity: Being a company's first CDO
Diversity Executive
Imagine taking on a job no one had done before. Now imagine that job is one of the most senior in an organization whose employee population extends into the thousands. In addition, that job is to launch an entire function — a function still largely in its adolescence in terms of building credibility and driving business success. Such is often the case for first-time chief diversity officers. To capture what it’s like to be the first CDO, Diversity Executive profiled four people who went through it. These are their stories.
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  Fast, Efficient Staffing for Special Projects

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Diversity ROI: Fad, fiction or full of potential?
Diversity Executive
Much like the workplace learning and performance field, the diversity and inclusion field is trying to determine whether calculating the ROI of D&I initiatives is fad, fiction or full of potential. Workplace learning and performance professionals found that to be taken seriously and show maturity as a strategic business partner, not only did they have to master ROI for training initiatives, they needed to change the name of their entire field to focus on producing ROI-focused “business performance” solutions (instead of simply training and developing others).
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The flexibility bias
Human Resource Executive Online
A new study shows workplace bias against those who use flexible-work arrangements — often for child-care needs — may increase employee dissatisfaction even among those who don't have children. But can HR help to eradicate such bias within an organization?
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  One Day, One Thousand Tests

"We were able to screen 1,011 people—that’s 1/3 of our employees—in just one day through the SPOTLIGHT™ Event…which means we gain the time to pay attention to other programs that make a difference in the health and wellness of employees.” Visit to learn more.

Five reasons nice-guy leaders actually finish first
Fast Company
Inclusive leaders commit to diversity. They use the insights brought by different people from different walks of life to spark discussion and create innovative solutions. They seek to build consensus and commitment, yet they don’t shy away from making the tough decisions. Forget any notion that inclusion is simply a human resource initiative. A survey of executives conducted by Forbes identified workplace diversity as a major driver of internal innovation and business growth.
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