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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
Nov. 7, 2008
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From the Desk of the ASHHRA Executive Director & IFD President

Dear ##FirstName##,

Thank you for your participation in this year’s conference More than 680 members joined us in Austin, Texas for three days of learning, networking, and fun. Each year we strive to enhance the conference to further advance your career as a health care HR professional, and according to the conference feedback survey, you were pleased with the program.

For those of you who were unable to attend this year, you can visit and find out how to order the learning session handouts.

If you’d like to plan ahead and save a few dollars, register for the 2009 conference in Chicago, Ill. by the end of this year and save up to $75. As always, we appreciate your membership.


Cathy Sewell
Executive Director

One-Quarter of Americans Face Workplace Discrimination
from the Tampa Bay Business Journal
More than one in four American adults has encountered employment discrimination, according to a new survey by The survey, which asked 1,000 adults if they believe they have ever experienced discrimination by an employer in job interviews, hiring, pay or promotions, found race topped the list. More

Obama Wins Election
from The New York Times
Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States, sweeping away the last racial barrier in American politics with ease as the country chose him as its first black chief executive. More

New Study on the Adverse Impact of Web-only Hiring on Diversity
from PRWeb
Co-author of Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt, and Diversity Executive magazine have both written about new research from JobApp Network, Inc., which suggests that web-only hiring management systems may be adversely impacting minorities. The study was based on over 25,000 hourly job applicants in the restaurant and retail industries and was conducted and authored by Edgar F. Johns, a psychometrician and statistician. More

Diversity has its Challenges, Strengths
from The Business Gazette
Frederick Memorial Hospital's dozens of Hispanic employees were featured on a bulletin board at the Frederick, Md., last month, complete with their country of origin. The hospital, with a growing number of employees from around the world, just last year established the FMH Diversity Advisory Council, whose activities include the recent bulletin board presentation. More

After One Career, Boomers Look to Return for an Encore
from Workforce Management
For the World War II generation, retirement was the happy end of a long working life. For baby boomers, who have redefined most everything else in their lives, retirement may just be a transition to an all-new encore career or "a new stage of work after a midlife career," says Phyllis Segal, vice president of Civic Ventures, a nonprofit focused on redefining the second half of life. More

Leading Spanish Health Service Provider Selects Autonomy for Innovation in Health Care
from The Wall Street Journal
Autonomy Corporation plc, a global leader in infrastructure software for the enterprise, announced that Servicio Navarro de Salud – Spain's most innovative health service provider – has selected Autonomy's Intelligent Data Operating Layer to process, locate and identify trends within millions of medical records from hospitals and patients throughout the northern Spain region. The project is designed to improve health-care services through a better understanding of patients' illnesses, the impact of local conditions, and the latest developments in treatment practices and clinical trials. More

Pregnancy Discrimination Complaints Jump, Especially for Women of Color
from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Thirty years after the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) was enacted on Oct. 31, 1978, a new study finds that discrimination complaints have increased greatly and are affecting women of color at a much higher rate than white women. More

What Obama's Health Care Plan Means for You
from Forbes
Though 62 percent of voters ranked the economy as their chief concern, according to exit polls conducted Tuesday by the Associated Press and major television networks, 9 percent of voters listed health care as a primary concern. More

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