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May 15, 2015


Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

ASHHRA Annual Conference 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!

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, Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) and Certificate in Diversity Management in Health Care (CDM) Fellowship

May Diversity Dialogue: Video Interpretation and American Sign Language
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT
Duration: 60 minutes
Presenter: Victor Collazo, American Sign Language operations manager, CyraCom Language Solutions
Price: Institute for Diversity Members: FREE; Non-Institute for Diversity Members: $99 Join the Institute, and the webinar is free. Click here for more information regarding membership. If paying by check, please contact Pamela Janniere at 312-422-2691 or

This webinar will discuss common questions and misperceptions relative to the deaf and hard of hearing community, American Sign Language, working with an interpreter and best practices for effective communications. To register for this webinar, please 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 began in January 2015; internships will run June-August 2015. For more information, please click here or contact Chris Biddle, membership & education specialist, at

Help Meet the Needs of Changing Patient Populations
The Institute is currently accepting applications for the fifth cohort of students in its Certificate in Diversity Management in Health Care (CDM) fellowship, designed to help diversity practitioners develop leadership competencies needed to bring about change in their organizations and communities. This 12-month fellowship includes online classes and on-site learning forums taught by some of the nation’s leading hospital-based diversity practitioners. Among other areas, the CDM provides strategies to promote a culturally competent workforce, enhance language services, decrease disparities and increase supplier diversity. The CDM is a recognized credential by the American Hospital Association, American Leadership Council for Diversity in Healthcare and the Health Research & Educational Trust. For more information on the fellowship, click here or contact Craig Blassingame, Institute programs and operations specialist, at (312) 422-2693 or

5 health care organizations recognized for diversity
Becker's Hospital Review
Diversity publication DiversityInc has named the Top 5 Hospitals and Health Systems for Diversity in 2015. DiversityInc's ranking of health care organizations is a specialty list included in its ranking of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity, an annual list now in its 16th year.
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Developing diversity-friendly doctors
Talent Management
As the demographic profile of the nation continues to change, especially over the past 40 years, so has the profile of the nation’s patient population. Patients are becoming more geographically diverse, bringing customs, cultures and languages from around the world. What is significant about the globalization of health care is that only a handful of health care companies own or operate hospitals overseas. However, day in and day out, hospitals have to continually adjust the delivery of care based on a different form of globalization. As a result of both legal and illegal immigration, migration and birth rates, the patient population that health care providers serve is becoming more global.
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5 tips for enhancing workforce diversification and diversity
The Staffing Stream
Diversity is no longer just about maintaining compliance or being viewed as a socially responsible employer. Once thought of only as a way to meet pre-determined quotas, more companies are beginning to recognize the positive business performance implications of establishing a diverse workforce. According to a recent study, 44 percent of Fortune 500 respondents indicated they invest in diversity to increase innovation and agility. In a global economy characterized by increasing talent scarcity, diversity is fast becoming a business imperative.
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Are your diversity policies empty promises?
HC Online
A study by AECOM and Robert Walters has found that diversity and inclusion initiatives are becoming increasingly fundamental to an employer’s reputation and organizational success. The research found that one in five workers would turn down a job if the employer failed to promote diversity and inclusion at work, with more than half of those surveyed saying that they would be more likely to consider working for a company that promoted diversity and inclusion policies. Although 96 percent of the employers surveyed acknowledged that diversity and inclusion policies were important to jobseekers, the researchers found that over a third of organizations are failing to promote such policies when advertising new roles.
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Diversity: Catalyst for corporate culture and value
Chief Learning Officer
Global leaders face the daunting task of creating an inclusive culture in the workplace. They are faced with a dilemma of trying to do this while increasing shareholder value. This can only happen when employees feel safe to bring their whole selves to work, which fuels engagement, drives innovation and results in business growth. So, what does corporate culture and company value have to do with diversity?
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New report on millennials shows link between engagement and cause work
Huffington Post
When millennials are considering applying for a job, their top priority is what the company actually sells, produces or distributes. But beyond compensation and benefits, what matters most to them is the company's work culture, involvement with causes, office environment and attention to diversity and HR standards.
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  Make a Strong Statement with a Few Letters

More than 135,000 HR professionals around the world make a statement with just three or four letters—their HRCI credentials. HRCI credentials speak volumes of commitment, credibility and capabilities in HR. Turn 2015 into a banner year of success. Get HRCI certified.

A look at women in the workplace as AMC's 'Mad Men' ends its run
By Ross Lancaster
In the last 60 years, women's rights and female equality have made enormous strides. Perhaps nowhere is this better exemplified than in the workplace, where women make up nearly half of the total workforce and are no longer expected to be stay-at-home mothers at a relatively young age. Yet there are still tremendous advances that need to be made. One example in popular culture where this societal progression — and the need for more change — is shown is the TV drama "Mad Men" which comes to an end on May 17.
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