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eNewsBrief: Hot Topics in Diversity
Aug. 21, 2009
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Cultural Competence and Quality:
A Framework for Healthcare Excellence

Wednesday, August 26, 2009
12:00-1:30 p.m. Central Time

Featuring Amri B. Johnson
Founder/Principal, Diversity for Health Works

Must cultural competency and diversity management be firmly embedded in a health care organization to produce sustainable results? To what extent should cultural competence and addressing/eliminating health disparities be addressed in health reform legislation?

In our opinion, both are an absolute must. Others agree. However, we have yet to create a common vocabulary that can speak to the issue(s) consistently and saliently so that the idea of cultural competence and all it entails is recognized as an intrinsic part of health care quality.

This is the intent of Diversity Health Works' Cultural Competence and Quality; Framework for Healthcare Excellence. Join us for an interactive review of this integrated approach to addressing cultural competence, quality, diversity, and inclusion in health care.

Click HERE to register. As always, Diversity Dialogues are FREE for Institute members and $80 for non-members. Please contact us at with any questions. We look forward to your participation in this event.

Color Bind: How to Fix Racial Disparities in Medical Care
from Slate
Black Americans live shorter lives and have poorer health outcomes when compared with whites. Health researchers, depending on their political persuasion, explain this disparity in one of two ways, neither of which is very constructive. More

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Race Relations Aren't Black and White
from Newsweek
People tend to overestimate racial tensions between races other than their own. For instance, two thirds of black Americans said blacks and Hispanics get along well; 60 percent of Hispanics agreed. But only 43 percent of whites thought so. "When it is your group involved, you judge based on your own Ö experiences," says Gallup's Lydia Saad. More

Work/Life Programs Thrive During Recession
from DiversityInc.
A survey of 400 employers conducted by the Families and Work Institute in New York found that 81 percent of employers have kept their existing work/life programs such as reduced hours, phased retirement, compressed work weeks and telecommuting; and, 94 percent of employers have added to their existing work/life programs, while 6 percent have eliminated their work/life arrangements. More

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EEOC Sues Hospital Over Treatment of Male Employee with Long Hair
from Business & Legal Reports
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against Puerto Rico's largest medical center, saying the hospital discriminated against a male employee who wore his hair long for religious purposes. More

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Look Who's Discriminating Now
from The Wall Street Journal
Last week, thanks to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal government took a giant leap toward encroaching on the religious liberty of Catholics. Reuben Daniels Jr., director of the EEOC District Office in Charlotte, N.C, ruled that a small Catholic college discriminated against female employees by refusing to cover prescription contraceptives in its health insurance plan. With health-care reform looming before the country, this ruling is a bad omen for people of faith. More


Race and Diversity in the Age of Obama
from The New York Times
Barack Obama's historic victory was made possible by two great converging forces that began near the middle of the last century: the civil rights revolution and the changes engendered by the Immigration Act of 1965. The civil rights movement led to the rapid dismantling of Jim Crow and the inclusion of black Americans in politics, the military, the middle class and popular culture. The 1965 immigration act set in motion vast demographic and social changes that have altered the nationís ethno-racial landscape. More

Dell Settles Discrimination Suit for $9.1 Million
from PC World
Dell will pay US$9.1 million to settle a class-action lawsuit in which former employees accused the company of sex discrimination, the computer maker said. Of the total, $4.5 million will be paid out to the plaintiffs and $1.1 million will pay their lawyers and other legal costs. The other $3.5 million will go into a fund for base pay adjustments for current female employees who were part of the suit, subject to an equity review and salary analysis, Dell said. More

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Pay Raises Are the Worst in 33 Years
from TIME magazine
Feel like your company has been particularly stingy on the raises this year? You're not imagining it. For 2009, the typical non-hourly worker will see a 1.8 percent bump in salary, according to a survey by the human-resources consultancy Hewitt Associates. That increase, the smallest in at least 33 years, doesn't even keep up with inflation. More

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