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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
Oct. 24, 2008
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Welcome ASHHRA and Institute for Diversity Members!

We are delighted to bring to you—members of ASHHRA and the Institute—a weekly Diversity E-News Brief. Our two organizations have come together to reach both memberships on this very critical organizational component that affects health care professionals each and every day.

We understand how important it is for you and your organization to stay alerted to new information and resources on diversity topics and issues.

We hope you enjoy our weekly news brief, and we welcome your comments. Feel free to e-mail us your thoughts on this inaugural edition!

Cathy Sewell
Executive Director
ASHHRA
csewell@aha.org
Fred Hobby
President, CEO
Institute for Diversity
fhobby@aha.org

Making the Commitment—the Marriage Between Diversity & Affirmative Action
from PRWeb
Sybil Randolph, PHR of Berkshire Associates Inc., an industry leader in human resource services and solutions, will walk attendees down the HR aisle for her presentation, "The Marriage Between Diversity & Affirmative Action" at the 2008 SHRM Workplace Diversity Conference Oct. 27-29 in Atlanta. During this interactive session, attendees will write their HR vows as they learn about the similarities and differences between affirmative action and diversity, the legal risks associated with the "marriage" between the two, or "divorce," as the case may be, and some practical tips on how to create a lawful diversity program that values differences and encourages employee interaction. More

Minority Trauma Victims More Likely To Die
from Chicago Sun-Times
Blacks and Hispanics who receive treatment for head injuries and other trauma are more likely to die afterward than whites with similar injuries, and, regardless of race, trauma victims who lacked insurance died much more often than those who were insured, new research shows. The study, published in this week's Archives of Surgery, offers the latest evidence of how race and insurance status affect patient outcomes – whether the condition in question is cancer, heart disease or diabetes. More

Socioeconomics Play into Lymphoma Survival
from Reuters
People with a type of cancer known as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, or NHL, are less likely to get appropriate treatment, and more likely to die of the disease, if they fall into a lower rather than higher socioeconomic level, a study in the journal Cancer shows. NHL mortality was higher among black patients, Dr. Xianglin L. Du and his colleagues found, but once they accounted for socioeconomic status and treatment, the racial difference disappeared. More

Looking Out for Working Women
from The Boston Herald
Despite all the talk during the primaries and presidential race about the growing number of cracks in the glass ceiling created by Sen. Hillary Clinton and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, UMass Lowell psychology professor Meg Bond has an idea of how solid the barrier to women can be. The co-founder and director of the Center for Women and Work at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Bond has seen firsthand how some companies still maintain, almost unconsciously, a tradition of sexism in the workplace. More

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University of California, San Francisco Center Turns 10
from Synapse
Did you know the University of California, San Francisco has a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Center? Yes – and it’s the only one in a health care setting anywhere in the world, although many undergrad campuses have an LGBT office. In fact, this fall is the 10th anniversary of UCSF’s LGBT Center, making it one of the oldest and most accomplished in the country. More

ER Overload
from Newsweek
It's packed, costly, noisy, and overrun by uninsured freeloaders who can't legally be turned away once they walk through the ER doors. If you've actually been in an ER in the past few years, you know the first three things are true—but how much do you know about the rest of the people in the waiting room? As it turns out, they're not disproportionately uninsured patients with nowhere else to turn. More

Kaiser Health Disparities Report: A Weekly Look at Race, Ethnicity and Health
from Kaiser Network
Utah minorities are concerned about a lack of health insurance, access to medical care and risks for certain health conditions, according to a report released by the Utah Department of Health, the Deseret News reports. The 2008 Qualitative Report describes 17 focus group meetings held over several weeks with 180 residents about minorities' views on health insurance, medical care, health and safety risks, and the rate of tobacco use. More




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