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October 17, 2014


Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

ASHHRA Webinar
Creating Exceptional Physician-Nurse Dyads: Using Collaborative Partnerships to Raise the Standard of Care and Improve the Overall Patient Experience
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET, 1:00 p.m. CT, 12:00 p.m. MT, 11:00 a.m. PT
Duration: 60 minutes
Alan J. Conrad, MD, practicing primary care physician and medical director, Palomar Health-San Diego County
Tracy Duberman, PhD, CEO and founder, The Leadership Development Group, Inc.
Price: FREE Register Now

Team-based health care delivery is the foundation upon which health care transformation is based. Successful physician-nurse dyads are an effective method for ensuring the delivery of integrated and coordinated care. The presenters will share the story of one health system's journey to creating collaborative partnerships through a dyad activation process that raised the standard of care and improved the overall patient experience.

The session will offer a case study focusing on Palomar Health's journey through an applied physician leadership academy that included physicians, nurse leaders and administrators to drive alignment and facilitate a team-based care approach. The session will highlight one of the dyad activation projects titled "No Physician Rounds Alone," which was designed for one unit and later leveraged across the organization. Results of the partnership activation project included enhanced physician/nursing collaboration and improved patient, physician and employee engagement.

Click here to register. Questions: contact Dan Paloski at (312) 422-2914 or

IFD Webinar and Certificate in Diversity Management (CDM) Program
October 22 – Unconscious Bias Webinar
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET, 1:00 p.m. CT, 12:00 p.m. MT, 11:00 a.m. PT
Duration: 60 minutes
Presenter: David B. Hunt, president and CEO, Critical Measures, LLC
Price: This webinar is available free of charge, but advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please click here.

The Institute for Diversity, in collaboration with the American Hospital Association, invite you to join us for “The New Science of Unconscious Bias: Workforce and Patient Care Implications.” * In the past, bias was regarded as conscious and intentional. Today, however, bias is regarded as largely unconscious and unintentional. David B. Hunt will explore the science behind this shift in thinking and the implications of unconscious bias research for the workforce and in caring for racially and culturally diverse patients.

*Participation in this call is by express written invitation of the AHA only. Unauthorized participants, and/or any party that aids and abets such unauthorized participants, may be subject to criminal and civil penalties under both state and federal law, including the Electronic Communication Privacy Act.

Learn How to Implement a Diversity Strategy for Your Hospital
The Institute for Diversity in Health Management (Institute) and Georgetown University are currently accepting applications for the second cohort of students in the Certificate in Diversity Management in Health Care (CDM) program, designed to help diversity practitioners develop leadership competencies needed to bring about change in their organizations and communities. The 12-month program includes online classes and on-site learning forums taught by some of the nation’s leading hospital-based diversity practitioners. Among other areas, the CDM program provides strategies to promote a culturally competent workforce, enhance language services, decrease disparities and increase supplier diversity. For more information on the program, click here or contact Craig Blassingame, Institute program and operations specialist, at (312) 422-2693 or

SEP Registration Open
Registration is open for the 2015 Summer Enrichment Program (SEP), the Institute’s 10-week summer immersive internship program for academically-strong minority graduate students. This program provides hospitals the opportunity to increase diversity in health care management by offering minority graduate students full-time work experience in some of the nation’s top health care facilities. More than 700 students have successfully completed the SEP program since the Institute’s inception in 1994. Institute members enjoy a $500 reduction in administration fees. Intern matching will begin in January 2015; internships will run June – August, 2015. Meet the health care leaders of tomorrow – take a SEP student today!

For more information, please click here or contact Chris Biddle, Membership & Education Specialist, at


Study: People like the idea of workplace diversity more than actual diversity
Diversity in the workplace is often something employees say they want, but it turns out workers may actually prefer a homogeneous environment. That’s the finding of a new study on gender diversity in the workplace. So does diversity in the workplace matter? In short, yes. The study also found that gender diversity can help a company’s bottom line and lead to more revenue.
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HR and D&I: A human-focused partnership for success
Diversity Executive
One of the key strategic questions organizations face during early phases of their diversity and inclusiveness journey is whether to create a separate office and position dedicated to diversity and inclusion, or D&I. As in most things pertaining to D&I, one size does not fit all. Rather than searching for a prescribed mold to fit, leaders should instead answer key questions pertaining to the current state of their organization and specific D&I goals: How might having a dedicated office or position communicate that D&I is separate, not integral, to our core business or someone else’s job instead of everyone’s? How might having a dedicated office or (executive) position communicate the critical importance of D&I work on a par with other functions or build necessary credibility? How will having a dedicated office or position help or hinder accountability and plan execution?
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  One Day, One Thousand Tests

"We were able to screen 1,011 people—that’s 1/3 of our employees—in just one day through the SPOTLIGHT™ Event…which means we gain the time to pay attention to other programs that make a difference in the health and wellness of employees.” Visit to learn more.

A culture of inclusiveness: Diversity matters in medical education
By Jonathan Ryan Batson
In the world of medicine, many on various committees and boards still believe diversity is not an issue. They think that a few seats at the table means that somehow we have all arrived and that the system is equal. That view is not only morally profane but also incompetent. It shows the lack of interest to go further and increase both physical bodies for diversity as well as the the cultural dynamics of diversity in their student body and full-time faculty. A diverse education is needed to improve cultural competency and social awareness of the communities that many hope to serve.
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Changes ahead for the health care workforce: How to prepare
Becker's Hospital Review
In a Sept. 30 webinar hosted by Becker's Hospital Review, two experts from AMN Healthcare — Marcia Faller, Ph.D., RN, chief clinical officer, and Brenda Fischer, PhD, RN, MBA, vice president of education and professional advancement — discussed what health care leaders can do to ensure effective workforce planning in the changing industry. Several factors have combined in recent years to have a significant impact on the health care industry as a whole and have also affected the industry's workforce, the panelists agreed.
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  Make Your Hospital's Benefit Plan Work for You

The right benefits plan makes all the difference.
• Energize employee engagement
• Create a culture of health & wellness
• Attract & retain the best & brightest

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Ending gender discrimination requires more than a training program
Harvard Business Review Blog Network
As hidden, reflexive preferences, our biases shape our worldview. Most of them, like preferring to eat food instead of bricks, are helpful. But others can lead to rash decisions and discrimination when we’re not aware of them and apply them inappropriately. Bias against another person originates at the first moment of contact, such as a first meeting, and continues with each interaction. In the workplace, biases can profoundly affect how welcoming an organization is to different people and ideas.
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You're more biased than you think
Fast Company
Every day we make countless decisions without realizing it. Researchers call this "unconscious bias." It's happening right now as you read this. How and why our brains choose the way they do has been generating lots of conversation at Google, which recently announced a workshop focused on unconscious biases. Sure, studying the unconscious decisions we make can be critical when it comes to designing products or software people use, but more importantly, it's critical when trying to uncover precisely what's wrong with our workplace today.
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Don't hire people just like you
Look around you! Are you surrounded by people with your world view, your personality and your temperament? In a nutshell, are you hiring clones of yourself? If you are, you are missing out on a huge opportunity to enhance growth and foster innovation in your organization. Research shows that diverse teams perform better, are more productive and have longer staying power. Keep in mind that diversity brings its challenges too.
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