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May 30, 2014


Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

ASHHRA 50th Anniversary Annual Conference, Grants and Scholarships for the Annual Conference and Webinars
Register Today – The ASHHRA 50th Annual Conference & Exposition
Registration is open for the annual conference to be held this year in Chicago, Ill., from September 27-30. As this year is the 50th anniversary of the ASHHRA annual conference, the theme will be “Honoring our Past/Preparing for our Future.” All health care HR practitioners, consultants, students and retirees are encouraged to attend. As a reminder, non-member registration INCLUDES one year of ASHHRA membership, and ASHHRA members can renew their membership with registration. Register for the ASHHRA 50th Annual Conference & Exposition here.

Grants and Scholarships for the ASHHRA Annual Conference Available to YOU!
ASHHRA offers financial assistance to attend the annual conference through the ASHHRA MetLife Conference Scholarship and the HealthcareSource New-to-the-Profession Grant. Applications are now being accepted until June 13, 2014.

Improving the Health of Vulnerable Populations: The Burmese Care Coordination Journey at Texas Health Resources
Wednesday, June 4
Time: 2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, 12 p.m. MT, 11 a.m. PT
Duration: 60-minute webinar
Mina Kini, MS, MSW, senior director - Multicultural & Community Health Improvement, Texas Health Resources
Marjeta Daja, MBA, MHA, diversity consultant - Multicultural & Community Health Improvement, Texas Health Resources
Donna Piket, MPH, language services specialist, Center for Advancing Nursing Practice, Texas Health Dallas
Price: FREE to ASHHRA members, but advanced registration is required. To register, click here.

As our nation's population becomes more diverse, health care organizations are continuously presented with new challenges in their efforts to deliver cultural and linguistically responsive care. In 2006, Dallas became a hub for refugee resettlement due to its affordable housing. In 2010, Dallas received 1,136 Burmese refugees, the largest refugee group in the region and the second largest limited English proficiency population at Texas Health Dallas.

In this webinar, presenters will share Texas Health Dallas' care coordination story and experiences providing population-centered, culturally competent care for Burmese refugees. The presentation will focus on sharing approaches used to identify and address critical factors and key determinants influencing the Burmese community. The presenters will also highlight resources and tools used to improve access to quality health care and positively impact the patient experience through tailored, culturally responsive strategies.

Implications of the ACA: What Will Become of Retiree Health Care Benefits?
Tuesday, June 17
Time: 1 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT
Duration: 60-minute webinar
Paul Fronstin, Ph.D., director, Health Research & Education Program, Employee Benefit Research Institute
Richard Ward, director, Retirement Healthcare Products, TIAA-CREF
Price: ASHHRA Members: FREE; Non-Members: $69.00; Register Now

As employers manage the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the pace of change in health care continues to accelerate, providing new and complex challenges to employers. This session will examine the impact of the Affordable Care Act — specifically the emergence and evolution of health care exchanges — on workforce management issues.

IFD Webinar, Summer Enrichment Program and National Leadership & Education Conference
Diversity Dialogue – LGBT Health Care
Date: Thursday, June 26
Time: 1 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT
Duration: 90-minute webinar
Presenter: Shane Snowdon, director, Health and Aging Program with the Human Rights Campaign
*Price: Free for Institute members | $99 for non-Institute for Diversity members.

*Note: Many ASHHRA members are also IFD members. Feel free to contact Pamela Janniere, manager of membership, marketing and education, to see if your organization is a member at 312-422-2691 or email

Registration is open for the Institute’s next Diversity Dialogue, “Your LGBT Patients and Employees: The Challenges They Face — And How You Can Help.” This webinar will discuss the varied aspects of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health care, as well as policies and best practices for providing patients equitable care. Ms. Snowdon will discuss the concerns LGBT people have as patients and employees and how all organizations — small or large, religiously affiliated or secular, urban or rural—can help them feel as welcome as their neighbors and co-workers. Ms. Snowdon will also discuss LGBT-related requirements and recommendations from The Joint Commission, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS Office of Civil Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, among others. To register for this webinar, click here. For more information about this Diversity Dialogue, click here.

Meet the Health Care Leaders of Tomorrow
The Institute for Diversity’s Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) provides hospitals an 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. More than 700 students have successfully completed the SEP program since the Institute’s inception in 1994. For more information about the SEP, including opportunities for discounted administration fees, click here or contact Chris O. Biddle, membership and education specialist, at 312-422-2658 or at

Register Today – 2014 National Leadership & Education Conference
Limited spots remain for the Institute for Diversity in Health Management’s (Institute) 2014 National Leadership and Education Conference, June 12-13, 2014, in Chicago, Ill. The Institute’s biennial conference is the premier health services conference on managing diversity. Senior health care executives, human resource directors, diversity specialists, consultants, trustees and others examine leadership opportunities for ethnic and racial minorities in health management and explore recruitment and retention strategies. Over the course of two days, the Institute's conference provides leadership development in diversity management; insight on designing and effectively managing diversity programs, valuable resources and tools for health care organizations; succession planning and more. As a reminder, Institute members receive $100 off each conference registration as well as access to an exclusive, members-only interactive event.

To register for the 2014 National Conference, click here. For more information about the conference, please click here or contact Jetaun Mallett, manager of operations and business development, at 312-422-2692 or




Why diversity can be bad for business (and inclusion is the answer)
Why not stick a diversity quota in place and be done with it? Because it’s inclusion that matters. Extensive research shows that diversity alone is damaging for individuals and organizations: research links difference alone to lower revenue, performance, employee morale and wellbeing, along with slower decision making, increased conflict, absenteeism, missed opportunities and more (expensive) discrimination cases. But when coupled with an inclusive culture, diversity delivers higher performance, less absenteeism, more customer satisfaction and greater innovation.
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Why diversity matters
While the idea of workplace diversity can be a delicate issue, it is also an important discussion that warrants a careful and thoughtful approach. With all of the benefits that diversity brings to a company, CEOs or VPs of Human Resources simply cannot afford to stick their heads in the sand just to avoid a potentially sticky situation.
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  Rely on AHIP for Health Insurance Education

Whether you’re just entering the field or brushing up on your skills, AHIP’s online courses and professional designations will help improve job skills and performance. Benefit from innovative courses focused on current health care trends and policies, including training on: exchanges, Medicare, health care IT and ACA compliance.

Report: Blacks still face discriminatory job market, even with college degree
A newly released report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) — a left-wing think tank that studies inequality and economic issues — shows that blacks account for a disproportionate amount of the 2013 unemployment rate when it comes to recent college graduates. According to the Pew Research Center, the black unemployment rate has been double that of whites for the last 60 years. The job market has also been more difficult to break into in recent years, a reason being the effects of the Great Recession, on which the report largely focuses. The report goes on to note another contributing factor: job-market discrimination. Per a study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research, “Job applicants with white names needed to send about 10 resumes to get one callback; those with African-American names needed to send around 15 resumes to get one callback.”
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3 keys to engaged, satisfied health care employees
Becker's Hospital Review
A health care organization is only as strong as its people. At the Becker’s Hospital Review 5th Annual Meeting, Stephanie Reid, RN, BSN, MBA, chief nursing officer and vice president of quality at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Md., and Vicki Hess, RN, MS, CSP, principal of Catalyst Consulting, examined an oncology unit’s ailing employee engagement and supplied the three must-haves for creating a culture of employee satisfaction and commitment.
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  One Day, One Thousand Tests

"We were able to screen 1,011 people—that’s 1/3 of our employees—in just one day through the SPOTLIGHT™ Event…which means we gain the time to pay attention to other programs that make a difference in the health and wellness of employees.” Visit to learn more.

Closing the gender gap through flex-work
Diversity Executive
As part of the ongoing effort to close the gender pay gap, one Harvard University economist suggests greater flex-work opportunities could aid that cause. “The gender gap in pay would be considerably reduced and might even vanish if firms did not have an incentive to disproportionately reward individuals who worked long hours and who worked particular hours,” wrote Harvard economist Claudia Goldin in her recent report, “A Grand Gender Convergence: Its Last Chapter.” Current numbers show that, on average, a woman earns 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.
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This social network may aid workplace diversity
Orlando Business Journal
Major corporations looking to diversify their workplaces may have a better way of locating qualified professionals of color for C-level positions. RYSE Media Group, Inc., is doing away with its print element RYSE Magazine — a publication that focuses on Orlando black executives and entrepreneurs — and is turning its attention to digital media, primarily a social media platform for diverse professionals. The site, tentatively dubbed "RYSE Connected," will offer a professional setting much like the social network LinkedIn — a virtual place for business owners and executives to connect. It will feature job postings from companies looking to fill executive and C-level positions, a section to upload resumes and ways to share content and connect with others in the business community. It also will include a supplier diversity jobs board.
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Survey: Compensation is No. 1 contributor to employee job satisfaction
Bloomberg BNA
Employees ranked compensation/pay above job security as the most important contributor to job satisfaction for the first time since the pre-recession period of 2006 and 2007, according to a report released May 8 by the Society for Human Resource Management. Sixty percent of employees said compensation/pay was the biggest contributor to job satisfaction, followed by job security and the opportunity to use skills and abilities (both at 59 percent) and relationships with immediate supervisors (54 percent).
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