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October 16, 2009


Dear ASHHRA & IFD Members,

Please mark your calendar for the next diversity dialogue.

Register Now for the Institute's Diversity Dialogue

For over a century, safety-net hospitals and health systems have provided high-quality health care to millions of uninsured and low-income individuals. Increasingly, however, our fragmented health care system, the erosion in government financing and the growing number of uninsured threaten the ability of public hospitals to maintain this vital mission. Health Reform 2009: Challenges and Opportunities for Public/Safety-Net Hospitals, scheduled for Wednesday, October 28th from 12-1:30 pm CT will be presented by Larry Gage, president of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. Mr. Gage will describe the potential impact of various reform proposals in Congress on America's public hospitals.

Please visit our website at www.diversityconnection.org for more details and to request registration information. As always, Diversity Dialogues are FREE for Institute members and $80 for non-members. If you have questions, please contact us at institute@aha.org. We look forward to your participation in this event.

Sincerely,

Sharon C. Allen,
Marketing & Membership Manager
ASHHRA
Fred Hobby
President
IFD


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