A Message from Fred

April 14, 2014

This week marks some of the holiest holidays for millions of people across the country.  Many Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs will today celebrate the festival of Vaisakhi. The Passover holiday will also begin tonight at sundown and end at sundown on April 22. And many Christians will celebrate Easter Sunday on April 20.

As these holidays unfold, many of our colleagues, students and patients will celebrate in ways that are both familiar and new to us.  In our focus on health care disparities, we must also remember that religious traditions have a substantial impact on the health care decisions people make. An atmosphere of inclusion and respect for all who enter an organization's doors is of paramount importance.

To that end, our next webinar, "Diversity and Inclusion is a Journey...Not a Destination" , will discuss how organizations can use self-assessment to build a diverse and inclusive organization that respects and values everyone. This webinar will take place on April 30 at 12:00 p.m. CT; I hope you will be able to participate. 

To those who are celebrating, the Institute wishes you a joyous and reflective holiday.


Fred Hobby
President & CEO
Institute for Diversity in Health Management

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