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May 29, 2009
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Should Nurses be Fired for Advising Patients to Go to Church?
from Healthcare Republic
A nurse with over 40 years' experience is considering legal action after claiming he was sacked for suggesting a patient could benefit from going to church during a role play exercise. The Christian Legal Centre, which is representing 71-year-old Anand Rao, claims course directors raised their concern with the nurse saying they did not want him to talk about God. More

Sonia Sotomayor: A Personal Story That's Important
from the Minneapolis Star Tribune
It was a historic day Tuesday when President Obama, the first African-American president, nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to become the first Hispanic-American Supreme Court justice. More

Asian and Pacific Americans Support Employee Free Choice Act
from AFL-CIO Now via the People’s Weekly World
Twelve organizations representing the Asian American and Pacific Islander American communities have added their voices in strong support of the Employee Free Choice Act. Reflecting the diversity of the Asian and Pacific Islander American communities, these organizations support the freedom of all workers to form unions and bargain for a better life. More

Perceived Racism Linked to Weight Gain, Boston Researchers Say
from The Boston Globe Store
Perceptions of racism − from being treated with suspicion in a store to unfairness in employment or housing − can heighten stress levels and affect health, research has shown. A new study from Boston University links these smoldering signs of racism to weight gain in black women, suggesting a possible explanation for the their higher obesity rates compared to white women. More

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Pharmacy Faces Diversity Issues
from Drug Topics via Modern Medicine
Pharmacy school administrators and practicing pharmacists around the United States have commented recently upon a noticeable imbalance in racial diversity in the field. The discrepancy has become so apparent that it is driving several organizations to do something about it. Even with pharmacy schools and community groups striving to increase awareness of the disparity, pharmacists are less racially diverse than physicians and others practicing in the medical field, said Carla White Harris, RPh, director of recruitment and diversity initiatives at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. More

Health Care Reform and the Disability Community
from Huffington Post
As we speak, Congress is deliberating on vast and important changes to the system of health care in the United States. This issue is one of crucial importance to all Americans, but of particular interest to those Americans who interact with public health insurance more than almost any other group -- people with disabilities. Ranging from veterans with disabilities who receive care through the Veteran's Administration health care system to the many low-income disabled adults who are eligible for Medicaid, the disability community interacts with the public health care infrastructure in the United States in a wide variety of ways. More

In a Time of Quotas, a Quiet Pose in Defiance
from The New York Times
As a Jewish physician practicing medicine in 2009, I hardly ever pay attention to my religious affiliation. But in the years before World War II, at my institution and at other medical schools, Judaism was very much on people’s minds. Informal quotas limited the numbers of Jewish medical students and physicians. Within hospital walls, some non-Jewish physicians supported the quotas and others opposed them. More

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General Mills Praised for Welcoming Multicultural Women
from Business Wire
Working Mother magazine announced General Mills as one of the 2009 Best Companies for Multicultural Women for the sixth consecutive year. General Mills ranks among the top five companies on this year’s list. "This honor reflects the importance General Mills places on creating an inclusive workplace," said Ken Charles, vice president of diversity and inclusion for General Mills. "We know that diversity makes us a more innovative and competitive company. As such, recruiting, retaining and advancing women of color are critically tied to our success." More

Diversity - Thinking Globally, Recruiting Locally
from The Globe and Mail
One of the greatest challenges for any enterprise, large or small, is recruiting and retaining workers, a situation that is certain to escalate as baby boomers move into retirement. One way to meet the challenge, experts say, is to strengthen the recruitment of visible minorities. In fact, major corporations are fostering diversity in the workplace as good business sense, not only to reflect changing customer bases today, but as a strategy for the long term. More


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