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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
April 24, 2009
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Hello ASHHRA & IFD Members,

The ASHHRA Online Community - is now available!
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. So visit us at and tell us what you think at

Participate in the ASHHRA/Integrated Healthcare Strategies 2009 Compensation Survey
The deadline has been extended to Friday, April 24 for the staff survey and May 15 for the executive survey. Visit for more information on how to participate.

Participate in the ASHHRA HR Metrics Tool and Receive a FREE National Report
Submit your year-end 2008 data by June 30, 2009 and receive a comprehensive survey report at no charge. Participation is free. Custom reports are available at a 20% discount. A FREE abbreviated sample report is available now; call Sharon Allen at 312-422-3722.

Register Today for the ASHHRA 45th Annual Conference & Exposition
We have excellent keynote speakers, plenty of learning sessions, valuable exhibitors, and unbelievable networking. Visit the ASHHRA Web site for conference details at Click here to register.


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

Mental Illness in the Workplace: The Hidden Epidemic
from HR Zone
When it comes to mental health issues in the workplace, the statistics reveal a worrying trend. According to recent figures, mental illness is the second biggest category of occupational ill health after muscular-skeletal problems, and with nearly three employees in 10 having a mental health problem in any year it's certainly an issue that employers cannot afford to ignore. More

Speaking the Same Language
from The Washington Post
As immigrant communities swell around the country, hospitals, clinics and health-care providers are increasingly confronted with language and cultural challenges that can discourage people from seeking care and lead to calamitous errors in diagnoses and treatment regimens. More

A Fight for Equal Health Care Drew Doctor to Civil Rights Movement
from Yakima Herald-Republic
Civil rights pioneer William G. Anderson recalls how a disparity in health care led to a friendship with Martin Luther King Jr. and helped eventually end segregation. The first African-American president of the American Osteopathic Association. He recalls how in the late 1950s there was only one hospital in Albany, Ga., where he started his practice after finishing medical school − and it didn't accept black doctors. More

Is Diversity a Patriotic Duty?
from the Reading Eagle Press
Racial and ethnic diversity is the key to happiness, success in the global marketplace and an interesting life. So we are told in a batch of fair housing radio ads that are the sort of treacly propaganda that cause sober drivers to run off the road. 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.

A Racial Divide
from Newsweek
A study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that blacks under age 50 experience heart failure at 20 times the rate of whites. "To see this among people in their 30s and 40s was really quite striking to us," says Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, co-director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital, and the study's lead author. Because their weakened heart muscles can't pump enough blood, people with heart failure are often too weak to work. More

Pharmacies Agree to Provide Prescription Data in Many Languages
from The New York Times
In a deal that underscores the challenges and obligations of doing business in polyglot New York State, five major chains that sell prescription drugs have agreed to provide customers with information about them in the customers’ primary languages, the office of Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week. The agreement involves Wal-Mart; Target; A&P, which operates Pathmark, Super Fresh, and Food Emporium among other stores; Costco; and Duane Reade. More

Changing Face of the Workplace
from Crain's Cleveland Business
At more and more companies, executives are facing what Steere Enterprises has seen for years — employees, getting close to retirement, are deciding to stay on just a little bit longer. Many employees who considered retirement in the past now are planning to stick with their jobs for years to come, oftentimes because of the current economic climate and declines in retirement portfolios. More

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