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    February 2015
GNYBF Helps Eligible Members File for the Earned Income Tax Credit

The 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund's (GNYBF) Tax Assistance Program has long helped members file for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by assisting them in accessing free tax preparation services in the months before April's filing deadline. In the last decade, the GNYBF has partnered with New York City's EITC Coalition ---  led by the city's Department of Consumer Affairs, Office of Financial Empowerment and the Food Bank For New York City ---  to help thousands of members receive the tax refund they're entitled to. The 2015 program began last month at locations in all five boroughs of New York City as well as in Long Island, Westchester County and New Jersey, and at many of the locations, eligible members can have their taxes prepared for free right up to the deadline on April 15. There are weekday, evening and weekend hours available and in most cases, members can also take advantage of walk-in service. For more information, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org
 

   
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Program Informs Long-Term Care Staff on the Health Law and Related Industry Changes

The 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds' Greater New York Education Fund has received a training grant under the Health Care Reform Act to help nursing homes and other long-term care facilities keep staff up to date on the latest developments in the healthcare industry. The "Managed Long-Term Care" training initiative will assist facilities in educating staff on changes in long-term care as a result of the health law, engaging front-line personnel in the Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) process and enlisting families as partners in care. Participants will take part in a one-day (eight-hour) core curriculum that provides an overview of why and how the healthcare system is changing and the skills needed to succeed. They will then have the opportunity to take 4 of 10 two-hour modules customized to meet the particular needs of their facility.
 

The optional two-hour modules include:

  • Conflict resolution and the related skills needed to deliver excellent service
  • Stress management, including professional boundaries
  • Disease management, including caring for residents with common chronic diseases, those with mental health issues and those in crisis
  • Utilizing technology, including Electronic Medical Records (EMRs)
  • Communication, including active listening and best practices within interdisciplinary teams
  • Patient education and engaging families as partners
     

The training is designed to be delivered in a flexible way to meet employer needs. Instructional costs and some backfill (replacement) costs are covered by the grant. For more information, contact Allyson Skikas at Allyson.Skikas@1199Funds.org or Tony Cabrera at Tony.Cabrera@1199Funds.org.



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Saturday Programs Provide Cultural Enrichment to Members' Children

The 1199SEIU Greater New York Child Care Fund (CCF) provides convenient and affordable programs to meet the needs of our members' diverse schedules, which often include weekend and evening shifts. For members who work on Saturdays, CCF provides the Cultural Arts Program and the Cultural Arts Stipend Program for their children. The Cultural Arts Program partners with the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center and the Harlem School of the Arts ---  two dynamic institutions that are committed to helping enrich the communities they serve. With classes that include music, theater, dance and art, children can explore their interests and learn about the arts in a supportive and nurturing environment. The Mosholu Montefiore Community Center offers classes for children ages 5 to 13, while the Harlem School of the Arts programs serve children ages 5 to 17. The CCF Cultural Arts Stipend Program allows parents to select a cultural institution that fits their child's needs, as long as it meets specified CCF criteria. Members may be reimbursed for the partial or total cost of the chosen program up to a maximum of $700. For more information about the Cultural Arts Program, Cultural Arts Stipend Program or any of the programs offered by the Child Care Fund, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/ccf or call (212) 564-2220.
 

  
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs

The 1199SEIU Greater New York Education Fund assists 1199SEIU members in staying abreast of developments in their fields, helping them to provide quality care and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Please share these opportunities with members at your facility. The schedule is also available on our calendar at
www.1199SEIUFunds.org.

 

Colon Cancer 
Saturday, March 14
8:45 am to 4:30 pm
This six-hour interdisciplinary program has been accredited for a range of healthcare professional and technical titles. The program will be offered at the New York Times Conference Center, 242 West 41st Street, Manhattan. Live videocast and live webcast (Internet) will also be available.
 

Inflammation and Nutrition 

Tuesday, March 24
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This three-hour program has been accredited for dietitians and nutritionists. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, Manhattan.

 

Free prep courses are also available for national and New York State Licensure examinations for several positions, including social workers and clinical lab technologists. For more information, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/Institute or contact the Greater New York Education Fund's Institute for Continuing Education at (212) 894-4390 or Institute@1199Funds.org.

 

 

In This Issue
GNYBF Helps Eligible Members File for the Earned Income Tax Credit
Program Informs Long-Term Care Staff on the Health Law and Related Industry Changes
Saturday Programs Provide Cultural Enrichment to Members' Children
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs


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