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Dec. 11, 2009
  Dear ASHHRA & IFD Members,

Check out the upcoming ASHHRA and IFD Webinars:

ASHHRA Webinar: Harassment, It's Not Just About Sex Anymore
In partnership with the Association of Healthcare Volunteer Resources Professionals (AHVRP)
Faculty: Jason Eliot, CAVS, Director of Human Resources, INTEGRIS Health, Inc.
When: December 15, 2009
Time: 1 p.m. CT
Price: ASHHRA and AHVRP Members: $169, Non-Member: $269
Content: In a very informal manner and using role play, you will review the law, cases and realities surrounding harassment in a health care setting. You will also learn how the law applies to volunteers.
Click here to register and for more information.

IFD Webinar: How to Successfully Manage the Multigenerational-Multicultural Workforce
Faculty: RW Consulting Group
When: On January 20, 2010
Time: 2 p.m. CT
Price: Members and Non-Members, and for three or more people from the same organization
Content: Learn to enhance communication, resolve conflicts, improve patient/customer relations, retain a diverse staff, and set measurable criteria for meeting organizational goals, all within the context of today's increasingly complex cultural work environment.
Click here to register and for more information.

If you would like more information on ASHHRA and IFD learning and education opportunities, visit our Web sites at and

Have a great weekend.

Sharon C. Allen
Marketing & Membership Manager
Fred Hobby

Justice department releases video explaining federal protections against immigration-related discrimination in the workplace
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The Justice Department announced the release of a new video aimed at educating employers about worker rights and employer responsibilities under the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The anti-discrimination provision forbids citizenship status and national origin discrimination in the workplace. The half-hour video describes the types of discrimination prohibited and how employers can avoid discriminatory practices. More

Disabled job seekers must consider presentation
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Pat Leahy's resume is sprinkled with relevant skills and achievements. Although he doesn't note his blindness since birth, he often wonders when to disclose it to potential employers. Should he tell them before the in-person interview or simply walk in with his guide dog? Experts suggest it's best to wait to bring up the topic until it becomes relevant to the discussion — and to be forthright about the assets such applicants can bring to that employer. More

EMT files race discrimination suit
New York Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Brooklyn, N.Y., Emergency Medical Technician is hoping the courts can rescue her. Veronica Mack has filed a lawsuit against the nonprofit that operates Brookdale, Jamaica and Flushing hospitals, charging she was regularly treated unfairly because she is black, was referred to as "you people" and "your people" by a white supervisor - and was even denied a promotion after complaining. More

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Anti-Muslim incidents on the rise
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Bay Area Muslims in California say they're continuing to experience discrimination and harassment in the workplace and at schools, and the local trend coincides with the release of a nationwide report on anti-Muslim incidents. More

Bias against women still exists in the workplace
Diversity Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gender disparity in pay remains, and workers acknowledge the possibility of gender discrimination, but many describe their work environment as gender neutral. A recent report describes this phenomenon as "gender fatigue." More

Morehead Associates
Patient safety is a significant problem in this country. A critical step in addressing this complex problem is measuring the workplace issues that foster a culture of patient-centered care and safety. Morehead’s Patient Safety Culture Survey assesses how well the organization focuses on patient safety and where improvement is needed.

Boston Medical Center wins federal grant for health disparities research
Business Wire via Open Source Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Boston Medical Center announced that it has been awarded a Grand Opportunities grant by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. The grant will allow researchers to study disparities in cardiovascular health based on racial, ethnic, gender, language, socioeconomic, and geographic factors, including the impact of health care reform and the economic downturn in relation to these factors. The research study will be supported by patient data from BMC and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, as well as an informatics platform and data warehouse implementation from Recombinant Data Corp. More

Sociologist urges better integration of foreign-trained nurses
San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sheba George was just 10 years old when she stood at an airport window in Bangalore, India, and tearfully watched her mother leave to work as a nurse in the United States. It would be two years before George and the rest of the family would be reunited with her. This experience would play out for thousands of other Indian families as nurses immigrated to the United States in greater numbers — spurred by passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 which encouraged entry of skilled professionals. More

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Your final wish isn't always your doctor's command
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than 900 hospitals and health care centers in the U.S. that treated 93 million patients last year are affiliated with the Catholic Church, whose American policy-making body won't let your end-of-life wishes come true while you are in their care. Last month the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops resolved what had been a debate among clerics and ethicists over the morality of artificially feeding or hydrating patients who are stuck in a vegetative state, possibly for years. More
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