January 2016
Protecting Our Health Calendar Offers Wellness Tips Throughout the Year
The Greater New York Benefit Fund has issued its 2016 Protecting Our Health calendar, a valuable resource that 1199SEIU members can use all year long to improve their physical and mental health. Filled with tips on nutrition, fitness and stress management, the calendar also includes information on wellness programs, health fairs and other events, as well as a schedule for recommended preventive screenings and contact information for important health resources. The Protecting Our Health calendar is another example of the Greater New York Benefit Fund's commitment, in partnership with employers and the Union, to help promote a culture of health for 1199SEIU workers.

Delegates and members who attended any of the Greater New York Benefit Fund's wellness events in 2015 will receive their 2016 Protecting Our Health calendar in the mail. For a rundown of upcoming wellness events, visit

Advanced Training Initiative Aims to Bolster Care Quality, Resident Satisfaction

The 1199SEIU Greater New York Education Fund is creating a novel online training program named the "1199SEIU Resident Decline Detection Program." The training will be available to all nursing homes that participate in the Education Fund, and it satisfies the state's Advanced Training Initiative (ATI) requirements. The training will be available beginning in the next few months and will continue through March 31, 2017, at no cost to participating facilities. The program will be offered online with a train-the-trainer modality and will include topics such as creating a welcoming environment for new residents; reducing unnecessary hospitalization; assessing residents at risk; pain assessments; and communication and care planning. For more information, contact Jose Matta, Assistant Director of the Greater New York Education Fund, at or (212) 494-0534.

"Care for Kids" Gala Was a Great Success

The Ninth Annual 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation's Care for Kids Gala took place on Monday, December 7, at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan's theater district and raised more than $300,000 for the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation (CCC), including the Future of America Learning Center (FALC), the corporation's premier early childhood learning center in the Bronx. 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. This year's theme was "When I Grow Up, I Want to Be..." Riya Alexander, an alumna of the CCC Youth Mentoring Program, spoke about the importance of such community-based programs. "If it wasn't for the Youth Mentoring Program, I wouldn't have had a truly unique experience," she said, "or the assurance in myself that the medical field is exactly where I want to be."

The gala continues to honor exemplary individuals and organizations whose work demonstrates a commitment to children and families. This year's honorees were Courtney B. Vance, award-winning actor and advocate for youth; Pedro A. Noguera, Ph.D., 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, M.D., chief executive officer of YWCA-USA and visionary promoter of gender equality. Keith Mestrich, president and chief executive officer of Amalgamated Bank, served as gala chair; and George Gresham, president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, and Bruce McIver, president of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York, served as honorary gala chairs.

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 and the community at large 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, visit 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). The schedule is also available on our calendar at

Renal Disease 

Saturday, January 30
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. Please share these opportunities with members at your institution. For more information, please visit or contact the Training and Upgrading Fund's Institute for Continuing Education at (212) 894-4390 or

In This Issue
Protecting Our Health Calendar Offers Wellness Tips Throughout the Year
Advanced Training Initiative Aims to Bolster Care Quality, Resident Satisfaction
"Care for Kids" Gala Was a Great Success
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs

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