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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
Nov. 21, 2008
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From the Desk of the ASHHRA Executive Director & IFD President

Dear ##FirstName##,

In our continued partnership, ASHHRA and IFD invite you to learn more about the topic of Diversity. In light of this commitment, please see the items below about new things happening in our organizations that create networking and educational opportunities for our membership.

ASHHRA is looking forward to bringing a new product to you in early 2009! It is an online networking tool that connects you and your colleagues. If you attended the annual conference in Austin last month, you heard about it. When the new online community, myASHHRA, is a reality, I know you will be as enthused as we are about it.

As an ASHHRA member you can be a part of the new online community that will serve your resource needs, connect chapter members, and provide the best and easiest way for you to find day to day solutions. You will hear more about it as we get closer to launch!

The Institute for Diversity is offering an opportunity to create summer internships through the Institute’s Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). The program pairs top minority scholars with leading health care organizations to build the next generation of diverse executives. The SEP provides each participant with real-world work experience, training and mentoring to leverage their education and professional strengths to advance as effective health care leaders.

Hospitals and health systems serve as host sites during the on-site, summer internship. The Institute partners with each host site during the screening preceptor/intern match processes. Apply today to become an SEP preceptor by clicking HERE or by visiting our Web site at


Cathy Sewell
Executive Director

Fred Hobby
IFD President

Women Pay More for Health Care
from The Star-Gazette
When it comes to health, it doesn't pay to be a woman. That's because of how much women pay. Women routinely are charged more than men for the same health insurance. According to a recent report from the National Women's Law Center, huge gender disparities exist for identical health coverage in individual insurance policies. More

Prison Babies
Nurse researcher Mary Byrne is the first researcher outside the New York correctional system to study incarcerated women and their babies living in a prison nursery. In spite of her prolific prisoner data collection, Byrne says conducting a prison research study is a culture clash between the punitive, restrictive environment of the corrections system and the open inquiry environment that is needed for health research. More

Protests Over a Rule to Protect Health Providers
from The New York Times
A last-minute Bush administration plan to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections, including a strenuous protest from the government agency that enforces job discrimination laws. The proposed rule would prohibit recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to perform or to assist in the performance of abortions or sterilization procedures because of their "religious beliefs or moral convictions." More

Two San Antonio Hospitals Lauded for Services to Spanish-speakers
from the San Antonio Express-News
When it comes to Spanish-speaking patients in a hospital, good care means going beyond basic translation services, says Enrique Ruelas Barajas, secretary of the counsel on general health care of Mexico. More

Kennedy Announces Plan to Submit Bill for Universal Care
from The Washington Post
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), making his second appearance on Capitol Hill since he began treatment for a malignant brain tumor in June, told reporters this week that he would advance a bill early next year calling for universal health care. More

Messages of Hope Work Better in Motivating Black Patients to Seek Early Screening for Cancer
from Science Daily
News articles that stress African-American health disparities, like higher cancer mortality rates than other groups, may discourage black patients from being screened for cancer, according to a Saint Louis University study. Instead, they are more likely to be tested for cancer after hearing positive messages that emphasize progress made among African-American cancer patients. More

Study Finds GLBT Workplace Equality Laws Used A Lot – When They’re Available
from EDGE
A new study shows that complaints of workplace discrimination related to bias regarding sexual orientation are as commonplace as complaints of race-based discrimination... where anti-bias laws regarding sexual orientation exist, that is. More

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