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eNewsBrief: Hot Topics in Diversity
Sept. 11, 2009
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Hello ASHHRA & IFD Members,

Please mark you calendar for the upcoming events:

ASHHRA 45th Annual Conference and Exposition
Nov. 1 – 3, 2009 (Pre-Conference Oct. 31), Chicago, Ill.
Hyatt Regency on the River Walk

Join us for three days of:
  • Learning sessions specifically designed for health care human resources professionals from the generalist to the CEO
  • Networking events where you can meet new people and rekindle existing relationships
  • Innovative companies offering products and services that can help you solve everyday HR problems
We offer discounts on full conference registration and one-day rates. Group discounts are also available. Visit our Web site for registration details and a complete conference schedule.

You’re still not sure if you should attend?...The ASHHRA Conference Justification Tool Kit can help you make your decision. It outlines the ROI of investing in your personal growth and development.

If you have questions about the conference, please contact Sharon Allen at 312-422-3722 or by e-mail at

Register Early for the Institute's Diversity Dialogue

An inclusive work environment is not a happy accident. It requires us to challenge those we work with and ourselves to honestly see how we interact with "others," identify the biases we all possess as a result of the way we've been socialized, and manage through those biases successfully. "The Hero's Journey," presented by Jeff Mangrum, will provide the tools and skills supervisors/managers need to guide discussions of diversity and inclusion under ideal, and less than ideal situations. By mastering "The Hero's Journey," participants will improve employee engagement, build and strengthen trust even through ambiguity, and receive the skills needed to sustain this learning.

Please visit our Web site at for more details and registration. As always, Diversity Dialogues are FREE for Institute members and $80 for non-members. If you have questions, please contact us at We look forward to your participation in this event.


Stephanie Drake
Associate Executive Director
Fred Hobby

Diversity Nursing

The White-Nonwhite Gap in Racial Acceptance
from Newsweek
Dr. Walter Stephan, a professor emeritus at New Mexico State University, made it his life’s work to survey students' racial attitudes after their first year of desegregation. He is one of the most respected scholars in the field, and he is fervently supportive of school integration. It's important to note this in advance, because there’s two broad conclusions to be drawn from his data, both of which made me uncomfortable to confront. More

Obama Pitches Need for Health Overhaul to Congress
from Los Angeles Times
Casting himself as a voice of reason in a bitter debate, President Barack Obama says the parties must come together. He emphasizes that even Americans who have insurance would benefit, and that costs would be kept down. More

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Hispanic Business Magazine Releases the Diversity Elite 60, a Directory of the Nation's Top Organizations That Model Diversity
from PRNewswire
Hispanic Business Magazine is proud to announce the release of the 2009 Diversity Elite 60, an annual listing of top companies in the United States that model diversity in the workplace. Ranking of this list is determined by more than 32 variables that measure a company's commitment to Hispanic hiring, promotion, marketing, philanthropy and supplier diversity. More

New Book by Hewitt Expert Examines Issues of Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
from Reuters
As workplace demographics shift, corporate boards of directors and CEOs are declaring workforce diversity to be one of their top people priorities. "The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity," a new book by Chief Diversity Officer Andrés Tapia of Hewitt Associates, a global human resources services company, defines and examines the difference between diversity and inclusion in the workplace and how companies can achieve both to create a stronger and more engaged workforce. More


Intergenerational Conflict at Work Not All Bad
Codgers clashing with the whippersnappers? Nearly half of New Zealand's workforce encounters 'intergenerational conflict', a survey has found. Human Resources firm Kelly Services, which conducted the survey, defined it as "generational differences which can cause friction in the workplace." However, this was not necessarily a bad thing. More

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EEOC Finds JBS Violated Worker Rights
from The Wall Street Journal
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has determined that the U.S. unit of Brazilian beef giant JBS SA violated the civil rights of more than 100 Muslim Somali workers whom the company fired after they walked off the job at plants in Colorado and Nebraska over prayer disputes last year, according to the workers' representatives. Subscription required.

Mistrust May Cause People to Put Off Treatment
from U.S. News & World Report
Patients who don't trust the health-care system are more likely to postpone treatment, potentially hurting their own health and raising overall health care costs, a new study suggests. Researchers surveyed 401 Baltimore residents, the majority of whom were black, about their attitudes toward the health care system, including doctors, hospitals and insurance companies. More

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