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Sep. 20, 2013


Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

ASHHRA Mentoring Program

Interested in Becoming a Mentor or a Mentee?
The ASHHRA Mentoring Program is designed to create a mentorship community for health care HR professionals to enhance and grow knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel in their career. Check it out here and complete the application by Oct. 11.

Click here for a brief video of Maureen O'Keeffe, 2014 ASHHRA president, as she talks about the vital role of mentorship.

IFD Webinar and Membership
Global Medicine - The New Imperative
Date: Oct. 30
Time: 10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET
90-minute webinar

Presenters: David Hunt, president and CEO of Critical Measures, LLC, and Patricia Walker, associate medical director of Global Health Pathway, Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota

*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 and education, to see if your organization is a member at 312-422-2691 or email

Over a billion people cross international borders every year. As a result, medicine, like business, is going global. American providers are seeing conditions that they have never seen before. How can we prepare today’s physicians and nurses to meet the challenges of a globally mobile world? What new skills will they need?

To learn more about the webinar and to register, please click here.

Discover Why 800+ Health Care Organizations Are Institute Members
If you are not a member of the Institute, the leading authority in health care diversity, now is the time to join. We provide timely and critical support to the nation’s hospitals and health care organizations. First time members will receive the remainder of 2013 for free, and your membership will not expire until Dec. 31, 2014. This means that if you sign up this month, you get a 15-month membership for the price of a 12-month membership.

For more information on membership including benefits, please click here. You may also contact Pamela Janniere, manager of membership and education, at 312-422-2691 or



America's demographic shift and 7 ways leaders can leverage it
African Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics made up more than one third of the U.S. population in 2010 and the numbers have only continued to rise. By 2050, minorities will represent 54 percent of America; yet most American business leaders remain uninformed about what diversity means to business, leaving them unable to inspire innovation in their diverse workforce and multiply the equity of their brands. Here are seven ways leaders can leverage America's demographic shift and beat their competitors to the punch.
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Uncovering talent: A new model for inclusion and diversity
Fast Company
In spite of the growing number of organizations with Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officers and the array of programs being implemented by these companies, we are still failing to make significant progress. In a recent white paper titled Uncovering Talent, New York University School of Law Professor Kenji Yoshino and Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion Managing Principal Christie Smith cite how little progress we have really made when it comes to full inclusion.
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Infographic: 6 statistics on healthcare workforce trends
Becker's Hospital Review
Employee productivity, staff retention and the quality of hires are all major issues within the hospital and healthcare workforce, and many labor trends related to those issues bubbled to the surface last year, according to the 2013/14 Human Capital Effectiveness Report from PwC. PwC's report includes labor data from calendar year 2012 from roughly 60 hospitals and health systems, which represent more than 1 million employees. Here are six trends in the hospital workforce, according to PwC's most recent report.
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Do you have the talent for your organization’s future?
Visit DDI at the ASHHRA Annual Conference or come listen to one of our presentations and ask us how you can identify and develop talent for the future of healthcare.

Harness differences to create strengths
Diversity Executive
People with different perspectives can complement one another. Diversity can be very beneficial to team performance, particularly when innovation is the goal.
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More diversity, more religious conflict
Management Issues
Diversity is a fact of life in the American workplace. Half of American workers now come into contact with people from different cultural and religious backgrounds when they are at work, and with this increased rate of interaction comes an increased risk of religious conflict. According to a survey of more than 2,000 American workers by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, the most common areas of tension in the workplace include being required to work on a religious holiday or attending company events that didn't include kosher, halal or vegetarian meals. "American workplaces increasingly reflect the makeup of the country; they're more and more diverse," said Tanenbaum CEO Joyce Dubensky. "Work is the place where people with extremely different beliefs interact on a regular basis. But where there's more diversity, the survey shows that we can expect to find more conflict."
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The expanding ranks of the disabled
Human Resource Executive Online
Obesity now affects approximately one in three Americans, according to recent data. For this reason, says Dr. Patrice Harris, board member of the American Medical Association, the association adopted a policy in June that recognizes obesity as a disease, with the expectation that changes will be made in the way the medical community deals with obesity and obesity-related conditions like diabetes and heart disease. While there currently is no federal law prohibiting discrimination against obese individuals, the AMA's recent announcement could bring about legislative changes that could affect the way employers deal with overweight employees. Some experts also fear that companies might face more disability-related lawsuits as a result.
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How to help women walk the gender gap tightrope
Diversity Executive
Women have more power to increase leadership diversity than any other group supported by diversity programming. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of women is more than twice the size of the three largest racial and ethnic minorities combined. But cultural obstacles stop many women from taking that step. Research identifies double standards as the reason why.
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Another court ruling rakes EEOC tactics over the coals
HR Morning
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission just got slapped down again. The latest blow: A federal district court in Manhattan tossed an EEOC lawsuit against media giant Bloomberg LP, saying the way the agency conducted the pregnancy discrimination case “blatantly contravened” the requirements of federal anti-bias law. Basically, the judge echoed the message several other courts had delivered to the EEOC in rulings over the past year: Don’t sue first and ask questions later.
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