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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
Dec. 5, 2008
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From the Desk of the ASHHRA Executive Director & IFD President

Dear ##FirstName##,

As we begin to wind down 2008, we acknowledge this has been a difficult economic time for our membership. We hope you as ASHHRA and IFD members reach out to us for the resources and information you need to continue to do your work more efficiently and effectively. We realize you have fewer dollars to spend, but still need resources to do your jobs successfully. For your immediate resource needs, visit the ASHHRA Web site. ASHHRA has enhanced the resources area on the Web site and encourage you to visit for your day to day needs on best practices, protocols and procedures.

For information on IFD: The Institute for Diversity in Health Management has extended the deadline for responding to its benchmarking survey on the State of Health Care Diversity and Disparities to Jan. 19. AHA-member CEOs were e-mailed the survey in late October to help them assess and compare their hospitalís internal diversity efforts and identify areas that need further attention. The findings will also help the Institute recognize hospital leaders promoting diversity within health care. For more information, visit or e-mail The Institute is an AHA affiliate.


Cathy Sewell
Executive Director, ASHHRA

Fred Hobby
IFD President, Institute for Diversity

Many Managers Stymied by Diversity Hiring
from Talent Management Magazine
Even though most managers recognize the value of hiring people different from themselves, nearly 30 percent do not know how to do it effectively, according to a survey of more than 2,500 senior HR executives in North America by Novations Group, a consulting firm based in Boston. According to the findings, nearly 80 percent of managers see the benefit of diversity hiring, but about three in 10 are unsure about how to achieve it. More

Study: Cervical Cancer Chemo Easier on Black Women
from Reuters
Black women with advanced and recurrent cervical cancer tolerate "platinum-based" chemotherapy drugs better than do their white counterparts, according to researchers. The researchers found that black women had significantly less moderate to severe neutropenia (63 percent) than did whites (82 percent.) More

What Doctor Shortages Mean for Health Care
from Forbes
In a report released last month by the Massachusetts Medical Society, a statewide professional association of physicians and medical students, researchers found alarming barriers to doctor access. In an avalanche of disheartening statistics, the most worrisome included the three- to four-week delay to see certain specialists and a 10 percent increase in the number of family physicians who have stopped accepting new patients. More

Spiritual Etiquette at Work
from Workforce Management
Spiritual practices, once taboo at work, are now commonplace. The media have carried stories for more than 20 years on how spiritual practices can increase integrity and purposefulness at work, while decreasing stress and burnout. More

NHHF Scholarship Program Targets Growing Demand for Diversity Among Health Care Professionals
from PR Newswire
Ten students pursuing health care careers in New York and New Jersey will receive $5,000 and $2,000 scholarships from the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) at the Fifth Annual Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Gala tonight. The scholarship program was supported by United Health Foundation, who donated $15,000 for $5,000 awards to the top three students. More

AARP: Health Care and Pension Reform Critical to Economic Recovery
from The Wall Street Journal
AARP CEO Bill Novelli said that any government funds provided to failing companies must be used as an investment to rebuild our economy and add jobs. Congress and the Administration, he added, must go beyond this and address the rising cost of health care and the pension needs of all workers and retirees so that Americans can realize the security they earned. More

HIV/AIDS Prevention Efforts Failing To Reach Hispanic Community
from Kaiser
HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in Alabama and other Southern states fail to reach the Hispanic population, despite a rise in cases among Hispanics, according to a report released recently by the Latino Commission on AIDS. More

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