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    November 2015
Greater New York Benefit Fund Offers Quality-of-Life Care Counseling to All Members
The 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund (GNYBF) launched the "Living Well Program" in April for terminally ill members facing complex medical issues to help them become active participants in their own healthcare planning and treatment choices. In partnership with Vital Decisions, a healthcare counseling service, the GNYBF's Care Management team reached out to more than 700 members who were identified as likely to benefit from the program. To date, more than 55 percent of those contacted --- well above Vital Decisions' benchmark response rate --- have engaged in the program and are responding favorably to the support and counseling they are receiving.

Through a patient-centered and collaborative approach, the program helps members overcome barriers by empowering them to have greater control over managing their treatment according to their wishes and values when facing the end of life. Vital Decisions' trained counselors are available to help members and their families make often difficult choices about care and treatment, working alongside doctors and family members to offer support and help ensure that members are able to voice their preferences and desires, and make informed choices. All discussions are kept confidential in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). For more information on the Living Well Program, please visit www.VitalDecisions.net.

HC4 Program Helps Workers Further Their Healthcare Careers, Strengthens Industry

Through the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds' Health Careers College Core Curriculum (HC4) Program, administered by the 1199SEIU Greater New York Education Fund, some 500 members this fall have enrolled in the program for adults who want to obtain an associate's and/or bachelor's degree in a healthcare-related field. The HC4 Program partners with a variety of colleges to provide opportunities for members to take the "core" prerequisite courses they need in a highly supportive environment. Courses are offered through the following public colleges:
  • New York City College of Technology (City Tech)
  • Lehman College
  • College of Staten Island (CSI)
  • Westchester Community College
  • Nassau Community College
TUF launched a pilot HC4 Program last fall with the private Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY), with a cohort of 23 members successfully completing their first course, Probability and Statistics, and matriculating to Lehman College. The course is not being offered at the college this semester, but TUF and MCNY intend to continue the partnership in the future.

Applications to participate in the HC4 Program for the winter/spring semester must be submitted by November 30. For more information on the HC4 Program or any other initiatives offered by the Training and Employment Funds, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org or call (212) 284-9210.


Save the Date for the Child Care Corporation's Annual Care for Kids Gala

The Ninth Annual 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation's Care for Kids Gala will be held on Monday, December 7, at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan's theater district. Keith Mestrich, president and chief executive officer of Amalgamated Bank, will chair the gala. This year's theme is "When I Grow Up, I Want to Be..." and the evening will include honorary gala chairs George Gresham, president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and Bruce McIver, president of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York.

Since 2006, the Care for Kids Gala has raised money to support Child Care Corporation programs that benefit families in the communities and institutions they serve. The gala also honors individuals and organizations whose work demonstrates a commitment to children and families. This year's honorees are Courtney B. Vance, award-winning actor and advocate for youth; Pedro A. Noguera, PhD, distinguished professor of education at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, author and champion for urban education reform; and Dara Richardson-Heron, MD, chief executive officer of the YWCA-USA and visionary promoter of gender equality.

Past honorees include Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation; Harry Belafonte, award-winning actor, social activist and UNICEF ambassador; Pamela Brier, president and chief executive officer of Maimonides Medical Center; and Danny Glover, acclaimed actor and social activist.

For more than two decades, the Child Care Corporation and the Child Care Funds have helped provide more than 200,000 children of 1199SEIU members with access to early childhood education, college preparation, summer day and sleep-away camps, internships, mentoring and other programs. For more information on the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation's Care for Kids Gala, including table and ticket purchases as well as journal ads, please visit www.ChildCareCorp.org/gala or call (646) 473-8369.

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/Institute.

Post-Concussion Syndrome
Tuesday, November 3
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This three-hour program has been accredited for rehab therapists (OTs/PTs). Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, Manhattan. 

Overcoming Workplace Related Stress: What Medical Coders Need to Know
Thursday, November 5
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This three-hour program has been accredited for medical coders. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the 1199SEIU Union building in the Martin Luther King, Jr., Auditorium, 310 West 43rd Street, Manhattan. 

Series I --- Anger Management and Prescriptions for Disaster: Rx Abuse among Teens
Saturday, November 7
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
This eight-hour program has been accredited for social workers and CASACs. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, Manhattan. 

New and Emerging Opportunities and Challenges in the Field of Mammography
Tuesday, November 10
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This three-hour program has been accredited for imaging techs. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, Manhattan. 

Series II --- Infectious Pleasures: Sex, Drugs, and HIV and Eating Disorders and Substance Use
Sunday, November 15
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
This eight-hour program has been accredited for social workers and CASACs. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, Manhattan. 

The Cardiac Patient: Reaching Full Potential Safety
Monday, November 16
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This three-hour program has been accredited for rehab therapists (OTs/PTs). Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the 1199SEIU Union building in the Martin Luther King, Jr., Auditorium, 310 West 43rd Street, Manhattan.

Mindfulness-Based Therapies
Tuesday, November 17
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This three-hour program has been accredited for social workers and CASACs. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, Manhattan.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Friday, December 4
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.

In This Issue
Changes to Health Benefits for Greater New York Benefit Fund Members
College Prep Classes Help Members Win Writing Contest
Save the Date for the Child Care Corporation's Annual Care for Kids Gala
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs


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