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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
May 8, 2009
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Hello ASHHRA & IFD Members,

Effectively Integrating Disparities Reduction and Diversity
into Quality and Safety

Thursday, May 14
12:00-1:30 p.m. CT

The Institute of Medicine in 2002 defined the six aims of quality health care; one of those aims was for health care to be equitable. However, in today's health care field, the gap between where we are and where we want to be remains large. Due to an absence of attention and an inability to effectively measure outcomes, we do not know just how large those gaps are.

This month, Jim Conway, senior vice president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, will share the results of IHI's work with governing boards, executive leaders, teams, communities, and the organizations that they represent. He will highlight the reforms to accountability and responsibility that IHI believes are necessary for effective integration and advancement of diversity and disparities reduction into health care quality and safety and will provide examples of cutting-edge practices and resources. It is the goal of this session to stimulate discussion, foster learning, and inform the journey forward.

Click HERE to register. As always, Diversity Dialogues are FREE for Institute members, and $80 for non-members. Please contact us at or (312) 422-2691 with any questions. We look forward to your participation in this event.


Fred Hobby
President, CEO
Institute for Diversity

Diversity: The Obama Effect
from Workforce Management
Experts believe the election of the first African-American president of the United States will redefine workplace diversity, placing a greater emphasis on multiculturalism and socioeconomic status. More

Nursing Program Gives Immigrants Path Out of Poverty
from The Voice of America
Many American hospitals encourage patients to fill out a comment card about the service they received. Iryna Zhgya gets a lot of these comments. She keeps them in a binder at her home and enjoys looking through it, reminiscing. She pulls out a comment card from one especially difficult patient and reads, "Iryna is an excellent RN, and she knows how to be firm but yet gentle." Zhgya learned those skills back in Ukraine. More

Diversity Initiatives Not Growing - Blame the Recession
from Michigan Business Review via Michigan Live
The growth of diversity programming in Michigan firms has flattened out, and it looks like the economy is to blame. This is not all bad news, since it implies that the stall is temporary -- it will end when the economy once again finds its legs and begins moving forward. The American Society of Employers recently released the findings of its 2009 Survey on Diversity and Inclusion. We generally conclude from the survey that the growth in formal diversity initiatives in organizations has stayed flat or even dropped slightly in the last three years. More

Make the Workplace an Inclusive Culture
from St. Louis Post-Dispatch
There is a mostly invisible but significant minority present in workplaces across the country. The gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender group mostly is invisible because many choose not to be "out" at work. They may not feel comfortable proclaiming their sexual orientation or identity for fear of reprisal. This is unfortunate, but it remains a reality in many parts of the country. More

Diversity is Not an Optional Extra, Even in Recession
from Personnel Today
With increasing numbers of companies laying off people and most employers severely tightening their belts, there is a risk that diversity will be considered a 'nice-to-do' rather than a business priority. It is my belief that in fact the absolute opposite is true. More

Asian in the Workplace: How I Broke the Bamboo Ceiling
from DiversityInc.
Before coming to the United States for graduate studies in 1990, I taught college in my native country, China. As a professor, I was interested in the forces that helped the United States to become the only hyper-power in modern history. How did America accomplish this with barely 200 years of history, while major civilizations with thousands of years of history trail behind? Moreover, millions of immigrants, including Asian and Pacific Islanders, risked their lives to venture to this powerful nation to seek freedom and opportunity. More

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Cancer: Minorities Report More Pain
from WebMD Health News
Blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities with advanced cancer reported having more uncontrolled pain associated with their disease than non-Hispanic whites in a newly reported study. Ninety-six patients with advanced cancer were asked to score their pain from zero to 10 over a six-month period, with zero representing no pain and 10 representing the worst pain they could imagine. More

Pumping Breast Milk on the Job Still Carries Costs
from The Wall Street Journal
Jennifer Mehaffey was lucky to have enjoyed a seven-month leave to be with and breastfeed her baby daughter before going back to work full-time. Once she returned to her job, her goal was to supply breast milk for her daughter's first full year, said Mehaffey, 31 years old, a marketing and public relations professional in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She pumped milk in her office at least three times a day, she said, until keeping up with it interfered with the many long meetings and client calls she had to juggle. Then "the incident" happened. More


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