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May 21, 2010

Hello ASHHRA & IFD Members,

Raise your skills at the next ASHHRA and IFD learning and education events.

ASHHRA Webinar
Baby Boomer Workforce Cliff —
Impact on Your Nursing Workforce and Steps You Can Take Now to Minimize the Shortage
When: Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Time: 1:00pm ET, 12:00pm CT, 11:00am MT, 10:00am PT
Price: ASHHRA Members: $129 - Non-Members: $179
Click here to register.

IFD 2010 National Leadership & Educational Conference:
Changing the Culture of Healthcare
June 10-11, 2010
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place-Chicago
Keynotes include: Dr. Roosevelt Thomas, CEO of Roosevelt Thomas Consulting & Training
and Andrés Tapia, author and chief diversity officer for Hewitt Associates
Click here to register
For more information, click here.

ASHHRA 46th Annual Conference & Exposition
Fulfilling Our Promise – Preparing for a New Decade of Success
Sept. 25 – 28, 2010 in Tampa, Fla.
Conference Highlights

Register Today

Thank you

Sharon C. Allen
Managing Editor, e-Business Communication
Fred Hobby

Diversity as a strategic advantage
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Since the establishment of affirmative action in the early 1960s, organizations have struggled with shifting their focus on diversity from a numbers exercise of quota achievement to leveraging the benefits that can be derived from employees with different backgrounds and perspectives in a way that provides a commercial advantage. While we've seen startling advances in technology and radical shifts on the political, cultural, and demographic fronts over the past 50 years, the utilization of diverse talent in organizations has not kept pace. More

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The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for People with Disabilities
DiversityInc    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What makes a company an inclusive and accommodating workplace to attract people with disabilities? We analyzed submissions from the 449 participants in The 2010 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity for criteria that includes: recruiting programs for people with disabilities; work/life and other accommodation benefits; diversity-awareness training that addresses people with disabilities; employee-resource groups for people with disabilities and/or caregivers; and communications, such as websites and other materials, that feature employees with disabilities. More

Black babies more often screened for drug exposure
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Research shows that newborns admitted to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) have a higher-than-average risk of having been exposed to illegal drugs during pregnancy. If staff suspect prenatal drug exposure, they may test an infant's urine or feces for evidence of it. Some NICUs, though not all, have specific guidelines on what factors should trigger a newborn drug test. The new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, shows that even at a center with such guidelines, there are racial discrepancies in rates of drug screening. More

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Task force on health care professions for deaf and hard of hearing formed
National Technical Institute for the Deaf    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, N.Y., a long-time supporter of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, announced the formation of a task force to increase job opportunities in the health care profession for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Seventeen people from four centers - the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology, Gallaudet University in Washington, the National Center on Deaf Health Research based at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and Rochester General Health Systems — have formed an unprecedented partnership to start developing educational programs and expand opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing university-level students to enter health care professions. More

Gays make strides in workplace
The Windsor Star via The Vancouver Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There was a time when Michael Bach, founding co-chairman of the organization Pride at Work, would not have visited Windsor. "I came out in 1986, and I've seen a lot of homophobia in my life," Bach said. "But in the past 10 years — even in the last five — I've been to places that in a previous life I never would've gone. More

Skin color wealth gap: Whites average $95 million richer than blacks
ABC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Drawing on economic data from 2,000 American families who were interviewed every few years between 1984 and 2007, researchers have found that the wealth disparity between white and black households has more than quadrupled, regardless of income bracket. In 1984, the average white family in the sample group held around $20,000 more in assets than the average black family, according to a study conducted by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University. By 2007, the "racial wealth gap" had increased by $75,000.

Utah city passes law protecting gays, lesbians
the Deseret News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Following an emotional discussion before a packed house, the Logan City Council in Utah passed a controversial nondiscrimination law. The ordinance, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity, focuses on equity in housing and employment opportunities and is patterned after a similar ordinance adopted in Salt Lake City in November 2009. More

Motivating Gen X, Gen Y workers
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Traditional approaches to motivating employees have hit a snag; they don't seem to apply to the contemporary generation of employees, called Generation X and Generation Y (or Millenials). More

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