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May 29, 2015


Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

ASHHRA Annual Conference, HR Metrics Tool 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. We hope you take advantage of these great opportunities. Deadline to submit an application is this Friday, May 29!

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

Remember: Annual conference registration includes one year of ASHHRA membership for non-members!

So you missed the registration period for the HR Metrics Tool?
We can help!

The registration period for the HR Metrics Tool has officially passed. However, if you're interested in learning more about how to become a late participant or register to purchase the results from the survey, please contact Shebani Patel at

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 and Certificate in Diversity Management in Health Care (CDM) Fellowship

May Diversity Dialogue: Best Practices in LGBT-Patient Centered Care for Hospitals
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT
Duration: 90 minutes
Presenters: Tari Hanneman, Health and Aging associate director, Human Rights Campaign
Marci Hoze, director, Patient Care Services, UC Davis Medical Center
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 is presented in conjunction with the Rainbow Healthcare Leaders Association and will discuss best practices currently recommended to hospitals in the LGBT realm as well as key factors that lead hospitals to improve their policies and practices regarding LGBT patients and employees. To register for this webinar, please click here.

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 & operations specialist, at (312) 422-2693 or

Hospital boards lack diversity, survey finds
Becker's Hospital Review
A national governance survey found hospital and health system boards may not be diverse enough, according to Trustee magazine. "[Trustees] understand that the world is changing," John Combes, MD, president and COO of the AHA's Center for Healthcare Governance, told Trustee magazine. The Center for Healthcare Governance conducted the survey. "They have a good grasp of it. They're not quite sure what to do yet." The survey found a lack of diversity in racial and ethnic composition and age composition of hospital boards. According to the survey, 88 percent of board members in 2014 were Caucasian. Not only did boards lack racial and ethnic diversity, but they also have not moved the needle in this regard since 2011, when 90 percent of board members were Caucasian.
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Make your company a diversity magnet
Diversity Executive
Most American companies lack diversity in their leadership roles. According to a 2012 study by the Center for American Progress, nearly 96 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are white. This isn’t a surprising statistic but it becomes more surprising when you learn that — across companies of all sizes and workers of all skill levels — minorities make up one-third of the American workforce. Why aren’t these minority employees becoming company leaders?
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Millennials have a different definition of diversity and inclusion
Fast Company
When it comes to defining diversity and inclusion at work, the generation gap between boomers, gen-Xers, and millennials is more like a growing trench, according to a new study from Deloitte and the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative. Millennials view diversity as the blending of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives within a team, which is known as cognitive diversity.
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On guard against ageism
Human Resource Executive Online
According to several studies, employers seem to be engaged in the illegal practice of ageism, a type of discrimination that involves stereotyping people — particularly seniors — based on their age. The preliminary results of two studies found that older workers were perceived as less suitable than younger workers for a new job when only one position was open but not when several openings were available. The same pattern was also revealed in another study involving allocation of a bonus.
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  Make Your Hospital's Benefit Plan Work for You

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Diversity ROI in small doses: Move beyond excuses
Diversity Executive
When asked what CEOs want from their diversity organizations, study after study has concluded that CEOs want to see the effect and return on investment of their diversity investments but receive only activity and satisfaction data. So why aren’t diversity and inclusion executives, managers and practitioners measuring their effect and sharing with their CEOs?
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Getting more women into senior management
Harvard Business Review
We’ve been talking about how to get more women in leadership roles for, literally, decades. The term “glass ceiling” was coined more than 30 years ago. And yet women still hold less than 20 percent of the seats on corporate boards at S&P 500 companies. Why?
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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.

Transgender employees seeking greater workplace protection
Main St.
Nowadays, a rare but increasing number of transgender employees are able to access fully inclusive benefits as a small number of U.S. companies have adopted guidelines and policies for LGBT employees and their partners and families -- including them in benefits such as health insurance that were previously only offered to heterosexual employees. While some larger multinational companies have embraced this type of diversity head-on among their employees, fewer than half of the states and a minority of cities have emerged as leaders and sought to pass laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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