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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
June 12, 2009
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Hello ASHHRA & IFD Members,

Diversity Dialogue: The State of Health Care Diversity and Disparities: A Benchmark Study

Thursday, June 30, 2009
12:00-1:30 p.m. CT
Featuring Ed Martinez, M.A.
Institute Benchmarking Consultant

The Institute for Diversity in Health Management and HR Solutions, Inc. recently completed a survey of U.S. hospitals that collected data and measured attitudes on diversity and disparities in the health care arena. The purpose of the study was fourfold: 1) to establish diversity benchmarks; 2) measure future progress; 3) educate organizations regarding diversity and disparities; and 4) recognize organizations embracing diversity and leading the way in addressing patient care disparities. A total of 182 American Hospital Association member organizations participated in the study.

The staff of the Institute is currently working in collaboration with HR Solutions, Inc., and with guidance of the project’s expert advisory panel, to develop a series of reports presenting the survey results and analysis. The survey results will be the basis of recognition for organizations that are demonstrating progress in improving health care for diverse populations by developing promising strategies that can be disseminated to other health care organizations.

This dialogue will focus on preliminary results of the survey and on some of the developing trends in the areas of diversity management and addressing health disparities. Click HERE to register. Diversity Dialogues are FREE for Institute members and $80 for non-members. Please contact us at institute@aha.org with any questions. We look forward to your participation in this event.

Thank you,

Fred Hobby,
President
Institute for Diversity
Cathy Sewell,
Executive Director
ASHHRA




Diversity Needs to Be About Men, Too
from Management-Issues
Too often men are left to simmer with resentment at the efforts of management teams to promote greater gender equality. But without engaging men and getting them involved in what is trying to be achieved, organizations will never reap the full benefits of having workplaces that are truly diverse. More

News Corp. Forms Diversity Council After Cartoon
from The Associated Press
News Corp. is forming an external diversity council in response to pressure over a New York Post cartoon that critics said compared President Barack Obama to a dead chimpanzee. News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch published an apology in the Post soon after the cartoon appeared in February, but civil rights and community organizations demanded further action. NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said that News Corp. had agreed to form a "diversity community council" that will meet with senior company executives twice a year. The council will include members of the NAACP, 100 Black Men of America, the National Action Network and the National Urban League. More

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Gay and Lesbian Often Discriminated in Health Care
from eMaxHealth
The AMA News reported that only10-in-166 outpatient clinics and hospitals have equal-treatment policies for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender patients and health professionals. Their information came from a May report released by the Gay and Lesbian Medical Assn. and the Human Rights Campaign advocacy group. While the AMA modified its policies in 2007 to specifically prohibit discrimination against transgender physicians, medical students, and patients many hospitals and clinics do not have such policies. Only 93 hospitals and 73 clinics responded to the survey so the results are not a representative sample of industry wide practices. More

The Problem with Diverse Teams
from Human Resource Executive Online
New research suggests that diverse teams can be less effective than homogenous teams because team members are more focused on finding commonality with each other than arriving at the best solution. Diversity training can sometimes be a hindrance, while biased managers can also be a factor. More

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Dealing with Difficult People: The New Diversity in Tough Times?
from Hispanic Business
Periods of high unemployment can hit different organizations in different ways, but a consistent factor is the individual insecurity that comes with the fear of job loss. Often these difficult times mean doing more with less as individuals take on duties from jobs that have been eliminated. Sometimes it can even mean facing a challenging organizational environment; employees may reason that in these times having a job is better than having no job. More

AARP: Pool of Older Hispanic Workers Growing
from The Wall Street Journal
One day the recession will end, workers will be needed and the growing pool of older Hispanics may be a good option to fill job openings, according to a report released Monday by AARP. The pool of older Hispanic workers is growing faster than the "traditional" labor pool of those between 25 and 54, the report said. And for healthy growth, employers will need to replace and add to the more than 6 million jobs that have been lost since the recession began in December 2007. More

The Supreme Court: Why Women Matter
from the Huffington Post
While the media wallowed in the mush-brained nattering over a few out-of-context statements said to reveal Judge Sonia Sotomayor as "racist," something interesting was happening over at the place where she aspires to work. We saw a quick glimpse of why her gender is every bit as important to the Supreme Court as her heritage. Given the stubborn issues still facing women today, perhaps even more so. More

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Gays Still Fear Workplace Bias
fromToronto Star
Michael Bach "came out" at age 16 but was back in the closet – at work, at least – during his 20s. Reflecting on that painful choice, Bach says there were moments when he feared losing his job. "I really was concerned at times I was going to face issues of discrimination, that I would be rejected by my colleagues," he said. "And, in fact, I lived in the United States for several years and was worried I could be fired as a consequence." More

 

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