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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
Dec. 12, 2008
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From the Desk of the ASHHRA Executive Director & IFD President

Dear ##FirstName##,

We say farewell to 2008 Board members Molly Seals, Amy Schultz, Nicole Morin-Scribner Laura Easton, and Lisa Schott, and thank each of them for their wonderful contributions to ASHHRA. We congratulate Bob Morrison, Maureen O’Keeffe, Barry Lindeman, and Karmen Reid as new Board members for 2009 and look forward to their contributions in the coming years. We were so fortunate to be guided by a terrific president, Jeanene Martin in 2008. Under Jeanene’s leadership ASHHRA brought increased value to you, ASHHRA members. You can be assured that ASHHRA will continue to be member-driven under the leadership of Dan Zuhlke in 2009. Given the ASHHRA governance structure, we are privileged to have Board members who represent the diverse and varied spectrum of the health care HR profession. Including all viewpoints has been valuable as we make critical decisions and move ASHHRA forward into the future, even in difficult economic times. We are also privileged to have members who are committed and dedicated to the health care HR profession. We value your feedback and encourage you to tell us what resources you need that will assist you in your workplace. Feel free to contact me at to provide feedback, or if you would like to discuss serving the profession by volunteering with ASHHRA on a committee or task force.

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 hospital’s 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

Uninsured Put a Strain on Hospitals
from The New York Times
As increasing numbers of the unemployed and uninsured turn to the nation’s emergency rooms as a medical last resort, doctors warn that the centers — many already overburdened — could have even more trouble handling the heart attacks, broken bones and other traumas that define their core mission. More

What to Do When the Patient Says, "Please Don’t Tell Mom"
from The New York Times
Some years ago, in the candor of the exam room, a seventh-grade boy told me that he didn’t really have friends at school, and that he sometimes found himself being picked on. I gave him the pediatric line on bullying: it shouldn’t be tolerated, and there are things schools can do about it. Let’s talk to your parents, let’s have your parents talk to the school; adult interventions can change the equation. He shook his head vehemently and asked me please not to interfere, and above all not to say a word to his mother, who was out in the waiting room because I had asked her to give us some privacy. More

Half of Americans Use Complementary, Alternative Medicine
from American Hospital Association
Half of Americans, 38 percent of adults and 12 percent of children, use some form of complementary or alternative medicine, according to a survey released recently by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. CAM consists of health care practices and products not generally considered part of conventional medicine. More

Why Women and Doctors Both Bear Blame for Heart Attack Deaths
from U.S. News & World Report
First the bad news: If you, as a woman, suffer a particularly serious kind of heart attack, you're twice as likely as a man to die from it. But—and here's the good news—your overall risk of dying from a heart attack in a hospital is about the same as a man's, according to a study of 78,000 people treated for heart attacks published this week in the journal Circulation. More

Accommodating Moral Objections
from Human Resource Executive
The Bush administration has proposed a rule providing new protection to health care providers who object to performing procedures that conflict with their religious or moral beliefs. How can an employer accommodate such beliefs without disturbing daily business, and what can human resources do to help? More

For the Workplace, Rules are Changing
from The Kansas City
While everyone has been preoccupied with the Wall Street bailout and the race for the White House, very little attention was given to the most significant piece of civil rights legislation in the past 15 years. On Sept. 25, President George W. Bush signed into law the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. This new law will take effect on Jan. 1, 2009. 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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