March 2015

National Benefit Fund Helps Eligible Members
File for the Earned Income Tax Credit 

The 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund's (NBF) Tax Preparation 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 past decade, the NBF 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 in January at locations in all five boroughs of New York City as well as on Long Island, and in Westchester County and New Jersey. 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    

  

Care Manager Training Can Improve Patient
Outcomes, Engagement and Satisfaction

The 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds have developed a comprehensive training curriculum to help healthcare employees learn best practices for care management. The new Care Manager Training Program --- a 70-hour course taken over 10 weeks --- further educates workers on chronic diseaseco-morbidities, clinical communication, risk assessment, safety and quality of care, and effective care transitions that reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency department visits. With care management playing a crucial role in meeting the goals of the state's Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program, the training is particularly useful for care managers, care coordinators and care manager supervisors.

 

The course emphasizes the value of community-based care management across multiple disciplines, making it a valuable resource for Performing Provider Systems in the DSRIP Program that rely on care managers to oversee patients' needs while coordinating care among multiple agencies. The course is also designed to address social factors that affect patients' overall health and to assist with their psychosocial needs such as housing, counseling and legal concerns. For more information about the Care Manager Training Program, contact Selena Pitt at Selena.Pitt@1199Funds.org or (212) 894-4338. 

 

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New York City Education Official Praises the

Future of America Learning Center 

Sophia Pappas, chief executive officer of the division of early childhood education in the New York City Department of Education, paid a visit last month to the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation's Future of America Learning Center (FALC) in the Bronx. Pappas was greeted by parents and grandparents of children who attend the Center, many of whom related their personal stories of how their children and grandchildren are benefiting from FALC programs. The group presented Pappas with a FALC backpack containing details about the Center's Plant-A-Dream Curriculum, the FALC/Family Partnership for School Success Agreement, parent engagement activities and strategies, and more. Pappas toured the school, met with children and even made her own sushi in one of the classroom's restaurant learning stations. She also met with leadership of the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Fund and the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation --- and applauded the Center's staff and committee of parents and grandparents for their efforts and commitment. For more information on the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation or the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Fund, please 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.
 

Colorectal 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.
 

Nutrition and Inflammation
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 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 Helps Eligible Members File for the Earned Income Tax Credit
Care Manager Training Can Improve Patient Outcomes, Engagement and Satisfaction
New York City Education Official Praises the Future of America Learning Center
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs
   
     
   

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