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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
Dec. 19, 2008
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Hello ASHHRA & IFD Members,

Dear ##FirstName##,

Plans are underway for the ASHHRA 45th Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago, Nov. 1- 3, 2009 (Pre-Conference on Oct. 31, 2009) and you can take advantage of the conference registration Early Bird Special. If you register by Dec. 31, 2008, youíll save up to $75 on your registration fee. To register, click on this link

As ASHHRA celebrates 45 years of service, NASA also commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Moon Walk, and Buzz Aldrin, the first American to walk on the moon, will deliver the keynote address at the Opening Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 1. You donít want to miss it! In addition to our stimulating keynote, we will have various learning sessions focused on the Joint Commission, Compliance, Policies and Practice, Coaching, Management and Professional Development, Employee Relations, and Labor Morale. Donít delay, plan early and save!

Have a great weekend!


Cathy Sewell
Executive Director, ASHHRA

The Institute for Diversity is pleased to announce the re-launch of the Learning Moments series of case studies designed to provide our members with strong examples of diversity management and cultural competence. Learning Moments include:
  • Instances of staff working beyond the call of duty to accommodate patients with special cultural needs.
  • Effective hiring of diverse hospital or health system leadership.
  • Successful implementation of diversity policies and initiatives.
  • Active work toward the elimination of disparities.
These are just a few examples of past topics, but we want to receive case studies of all kinds from across the health care field. We are especially interested in examples from long-term care facilities.

Once we compile a robust library of material, we will distribute case studies both electronically and in hard copy form to our members on a regular basis. We hope that this will provide direction and inspiration for progress toward a more culturally competent field.

In order to obtain a copy of the case study template, please contact us at or (312) 422-2691. We look forward to receiving your case studies!


Fred Hobby
IFD President, Institute for Diversity

Finally, a Summit About Minorities' Health Disparities
from USA Today
It's become widely known that major health disparities exist among the nation's minority communities, including higher rates of certain cancers, high blood pressure and diabetes, and poorer access to medical insurance and disease screenings. More

What Does Diversity Mean for Employees?
from Hispanic Business Magazine
Despite the claims by many companies that diversity is a priority, few companies have a clear definition of what diversity means. A study by the Society for Human Resource Management indicates that for most companies, diversity is a nebulous concept. The 2007 report, State of Workplace Diversity Management, found that of the 880 public and private companies surveyed, only 30 percent reported having an official definition of diversity. More

Older Blacks Rate Own Health Less Positively Than Older Whites Do
from Center for the Advancement of Health
When asked by health care professionals about their health, older African-American adults consistently report poorer health than whites of the same age do ó even if both groups are functioning extremely well, a new study finds. "Asking how a person would rate his or her health remains one of the simplest tools that a health professional has to quickly learn about a personís overall sense of well-being," said lead author Mindi Spencer, Ph.D. More

A New Tool Appears for Rating Hospitals
from U.S. News & World Report
A new hospital-rating tool, was launched by the Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based foundation that underwrites research in healthcare reform. It's aimed at hospital physicians, quality managers, and other hospital professionals and not, as opposed to America's Best Hospitals, at consumers. But anyone can access it, and the data come from public sources. More

Racial Gap in Colon Cancer Deaths is Widening
from The Associated Press
The racial gap in colon cancer death rates is widening, a new report says, and experts partly blame blacks' lower screening rates and poor access to quality care. Colon and rectal cancer death rates are now nearly 50 percent higher in blacks than in whites, according to American Cancer Society research. The gap has been growing since the mid-1970s, when colon cancer death rates for the two racial groups were nearly equal. More

Religion at Work
from HR Magazine
Many employers are weaving religion and spirituality into company cultures. The push may come from bosses or the rank and fileóand their motivations vary. Either way, when religion and spirituality cross the threshold, they result in daunting legal and managerial challenges along with perceived benefits. More

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