NBF Provides Tax Preparation Assistance to Thousands of Members
The 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund's (NBF) Tax Preparation Assistance Program has long helped members file for the Earned Income Tax Credit by assisting them in accessing free tax preparation services in the months before April's filing deadline. For more than 10 years, the NBF has partnered with the NYC Coalition ---
led by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs' Office of Financial Empowerment, and includes the Food Bank For New York City and the nonprofit financial education program Ariva ---
to help thousands of members receive the tax refund they're entitled to. The 2016 program began in January at locations throughout the five boroughs of New York City as well as on Long Island, and in Westchester County and New Jersey. At many locations, members can have their taxes prepared for free right up to the April 18 deadline. There are weekday, evening and weekend hours available, and in most cases, members can take advantage of walk-in service. For more information, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org
Training Initiatives Focus on Improved Cultural Understanding, Enhanced Care
Cultural competence --- defined as the capacity to work and communicate effectively in cross-cultural situations --- has become increasingly important in healthcare delivery, and the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds (TEF) offer programs to address the industry's rapidly changing landscape. With statewide initiatives such as the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program seeking to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the delivery of healthcare, TEF offers 1199SEIU workers training to develop skills that are central to providing patient-centered care and increasing patient engagement. Programs offered include:
Care Manager Training
The Care Manager training includes a four-hour training module incorporating videos and interactive activities. This module is dedicated to topics such as ethics, cultural competency and health disparities as well as cultural sensitivity and competency standards. The curriculum is flexible and can be incorporated in training for all levels of healthcare professionals or customized for specific workers.
Care Coordination Fundamentals
The 48-hour Care Coordination Fundamentals course consists of 24 two-hour modules, structured to build upon one another. Designed to be interactive and directed toward adult learners, the curriculum includes class discussions, videos, and individual and collective exercises. Cultural competency and health disparities are addressed throughout the curriculum as well as in two two-hour modules: one focused on bias, culture and values in healthcare, and the other focused on health disparities. This training is ideal for paraprofessionals and interdisciplinary teams.
Patient-Centered Care Training
The eight-hour Patient-Centered Care training is designed to enhance teamwork. The curriculum employs interactive healthcare simulations and analytical instruction on how to create a culture of service excellence, enhance communication and improve understanding of cultural differences.
Please share these opportunities with your 1199SEIU employees and call (212) 643-9340 for more information.
Cultural Enrichment Programs Broaden Young People's Perspective
The 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Fund (CCF) offers its Cultural Arts Program (CAP) to help cultivate creative thinkers and innovative leaders. During the school year, young people have the opportunity to participate in classes such as dance, music, theater, fitness, arts and crafts, tutoring and more. Programs typically take place on Saturdays, providing much-needed child care for members who work weekends. CAP provides an opportunity to experience and explore quality cultural and academic enrichment programming at institutions in the New York metropolitan area. Program partners include:
Harlem School of the Arts
Mosholu Montefiore Community Center
- Sample activities: Cartooning, Dance, Digital Media, Fashion, Music, Photography, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
- Sample activities: Arts/Crafts, Cooking, Dance, Fitness Classes, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Music, Photography, Team Sports, Theatre, Tutoring
And in response to the needs and requests of Queens and Long Island members, the CCF has formed a new partnership with:
Hofstra University's Saturday Classes for Young People
- Sample activities: Arts/Crafts, Cartooning, Digital Media, Music, Performance Arts, Programming, Robotics, Swimming, Tutoring, Visual Arts
For more information about the Cultural Arts 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 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 available on the ICE calendar at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/Institute.
Social Work Perspectives on Mental and Behavioral Health, Criminal and Social Justice: Fostering Patient Wellness and Public Health
Wednesday, March 9
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This three-hour program will be 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.
Cancer in Women
Saturday, March 19
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.
Nutritional Support of the Critically Ill Patient
Tuesday, March 22
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.
Improving Healthcare Delivery and Population Health Outcomes --- An Interprofessional Education and Practice Collaborative Team-Based Approach
Presented with the University of Minnesota's National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
Friday, April 22
7:45 am to 4:30 pm
This seven-hour program will focus on the changing national healthcare environment and the importance of interprofessional, collaborative, team-based practice in improving patient experience and health. The program has been accredited for a number of healthcare practitioners, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants and others. 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 certification exams and New York State Licensure exams 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.