January 2015

National Benefit Fund Joins with Consumer Health Choices to Educate Workers

The 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund (NBF) has partnered with Consumer Reports and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation to assist 1199SEIU members in making sound healthcare decisions. One of the major drivers of rising healthcare costs is the prescribing of overused, unnecessary --- and sometimes harmful ---  tests and procedures. With the launch of the Consumer Health Choices Partnership Campaign with Consumer Reports and the ABIM Foundation, two trusted sources of analysis and reporting, the NBF will provide members with access to the information they need to protect their health and help maximize the Fund's valuable benefit dollars. By clicking on the "Consumer Reports" icon at www.1199SEIUFunds.org, 1199SEIU members will find lists of tests and procedures that may be overly prescribed, questions to ask their physician and brochures and videos that explain appropriate care recommended by medical specialty societies. To learn more about the Consumer Health Choices Partnership Campaign, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org.

1199SEIU Training and Employment Fund Explores Healthcare Apprenticeship Grants

As part of President Obama's efforts to strengthen and add training programs for occupations where there are shortages of skilled employees, the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a request for proposals to expand the number of apprenticeships nationwide. In response, the 1199SEIU/League Training and Upgrading Fund is exploring apprenticeships in two occupations: inpatient coders and community health workers. As much as $5 million is available under each grant, and the Training and Upgrading Fund will host a meeting in the coming weeks to explore interest in this opportunity and discuss program design options. Grant funds can be used to customize training programs for employer needs, offset on-the-job training costs and develop curricula, mentors and coaches to help meet the program's goal of filling shortage positions in healthcare. If your institution is interested in participating, please contact Sandi Vito, director of the Training and Upgrading Fund, at (212) 894-4369 or Sandi.Vito@1199Funds.org.  



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1199SEIU Labor Management Project Featured at Annual Forum on Care Quality

Representatives from three New York City hospitals discussed their successful partnership initiatives with the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Fund's Labor Management Project (LMP) at last month's 26th Annual Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care. Labor-management teams from Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, North Shore-LIJ's Forest Hills Hospital and Mount Sinai Queens Hospital presented their results on performance improvement initiatives, staff responsiveness and improved patient satisfaction to nearly 5,000 attendees at the conference in Orlando, Florida. Keynote speakers at the event were Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America, and Dr. Jack Cochran, executive director of The Permanente Federation. For more information about labor-management partnership initiatives, please contact Clyde Riggins, assistant director of the LMP, at Clyde.Riggins@LaborManagementProject.org.


"Care for Kids" Awards Gala Is a Success

On December 9, the Eighth Annual "Care for Kids" Awards Gala raised over $350,000 for the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation's (CCC) educational and developmental programs for children and their families. Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, was among those honored at the gala for her commitment to children, youth and families. She was joined by honorees Pamela Brier, president and chief executive officer of Maimonides Medical Center; and Erin Riehle, director of Disability Services and Project SEARCH at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. 

This year's fundraiser was attended by more than 250 people and celebrated the 20-plus years the CCC has been providing early childhood education, academic enrichment for teens, youth workforce exposure and scholarships to more than 180,000 young people. Frank Branchini, chairman and chief executive officer of EmblemHealth, Inc., served as gala chair and accepted the Corporate Social Responsibility Award on behalf of EmblemHealth. Vivian Fox, president of the CCC, thanked Bonnie Mallonga, chief operating officer of the Future of America Learning Center, and Lynelle Mahon, vice president of the CCC, for their 20 years of dedicated service.

The program also featured a student speaker, Jemer Garrido, who was a participant in CCC's 2014 Youth Mentoring Program. The young man spoke about his positive experience in the summer of 2014 at Maimonides Medical Center and how it helped shape his goal of becoming a cardiologist. "The Youth Mentoring Program gave my group the opportunity to work, learn, teach, lead, and face our fears and frustrations and to celebrate success," Jemer said. "We learned concepts of professionalism, teamwork, commitment, communication, confidence and creativity."

For more information on Child Care Fund and Child Care Corporation program offerings, please call (212) 564-2220 or visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/ccf


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The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs

The 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading 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 institution. The schedule is also available on our calendar at www.1199SEIUFunds.org.


Interdisciplinary Symposium: Obesity and Related Chronic Diseases
Saturday, January 24
8:45 am to 4:30 pm
This six-hour interdisciplinary program has been accredited for a number of healthcare practitioners. 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.

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 Training and Upgrading Fund's Institute for Continuing Education at (212) 894-4390 or Institute@1199Funds.org.


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In This Issue
National Benefit Fund Joins with Consumer Health Choices to Educate Workers
1199SEIU Training and Employment Fund Explores Healthcare Apprenticeship Grants
1199SEIU Labor Management Project Featured at Annual Forum on Healthcare Quality
"Care for Kids" Awards Gala Is a Success
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs

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