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Fred's Corner

February 22, 2013


 

  A new year means new opportunities. This year, the Institute for Diversity in Health Management is excited to launch a number of new programs designed to help our members expand leadership opportunities to diverse individuals and equip health care leaders with tools and knowledge to reduce disparities in care.

Inaugural Regional Benchmarking Symposiums. Building on the momentum generated at last year’s National Leadership and Education Conference in Nashville, the Institute will host three regional benchmarking symposiums this year. These full-day forums will feature prominent keynote speakers and expert panels that will focus on cultural competency training, language access, and diversity in leadership and governance. In addition, leaders representing hospitals and health systems that were recognized as top performers in last year’s “Diversity and Disparities: A Benchmark Study of U.S. Hospitals” will share best practices that have helped their organizations deliver equitable care. We’ll also include time for networking.

Our first regional symposium will take place on March 21 in Orlando, FL. More information about the March 21 forum is available athttp://tinyurl.com/bm9vhu3.
Watch for announcements on the other two symposiums.

Certificate in Diversity Management in Health Care (CDM).
The Institute and Georgetown University are partnering on a CDM program to help diversity management professionals develop leadership competencies needed to bring about change in their organizations and communities. The 12-month program, which includes online classes and two on-site learning forums taught by some of the nation’s leading hospital-based diversity practitioners, provides strategies to promote a culturally competent workforce, enhance language services and decrease disparities. For more information or to register, visithttp://tinyurl.com/bjoqxbg.

Summer Enrichment Program (SEP).


Although not a new program, the Institute has revamped its SEP to make it easier for hospitals and health systems to grow their talent pipeline.

This year, Institute staff are screening student applicants and working closely with host sites to match interns. The SEP places minority graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in health care administration in 10-week internships at hospitals across the country. Many former SEP students now hold prominent leadership positions (see article on page 4) at hospitals and health systems across the country. There’s still time to register to host an SEP student for 2013. Visit http://diversityconnection. org/SEP to register, or contact Chris O.

Biddle, education specialist, at
or (312) 422-2658, for more information.

These are only some of the new programs we have planned for this year. Please visit www.diversityconnection. org for information about all of our programs. And if you aren’t an Institute member, please consider joining the Institute and allow us to assist you in your efforts to improve diversity and inclusion in your workforce.

By Fred D. Hobby, President and CEO, Institute for Diversity in Health Management