March 2016

Dr. Van Dunn Named the National Benefit Fund's Chief Medical Officer

The 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund is excited to welcome Dr. Van Dunn as its Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Dr. Dunn will oversee the Funds' Clinical, Care Management and Analytics functions. As the CMO, he will be responsible for health and wellness initiatives and will pursue value-based strategies on behalf of the Funds' 400,000 members. Dr. Dunn will assume his post on March 7, 2016. He looks forward to working with providers to maintain the health of the members and help ensure they receive the highest quality care.

Dr. Dunn brings a wealth of experience to the position --- most recently as CMO for MetroPlus HealthPlan and as senior vice president for medical and professional affairs and CMO at NYC Health + Hospitals. Dr. Dunn began his distinguished career as a primary care physician and practiced for many years before embarking upon a career path that shaped public policy and the health of millions of lives. He has served in many capacities, starting as an attending physician at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center) and later as assistant dean and assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Dunn also served as deputy commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and as senior health policy advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, advancing policy and legislation relating to healthcare reform, health promotion and disease prevention, women's and minorities' health, disparities in healthcare and biomedical research, among other critical initiatives.

Dr. Dunn holds a bachelor of science degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a doctor of medicine degree from Cornell University Medical College (now Weill Cornell Medical College) and a master's degree in public health in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health (now the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health).


The Citizenship Program -- a Benefit Provided by the 1199SEIU Benefit and Training Funds -- Celebrates a Milestone and Honors New
U.S. Citizens

Since the inception of the 1199SEIU Citizenship Program in 2001, a total of more than 10,000 1199SEIU members have become U.S. citizens. On Friday, January 29, nearly 200 of last year's 739 new citizens attended the program's 14th Annual "Celebration of Our New Citizens" at Fund Headquarters. Deborah King, Executive Director of the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds, welcomed the new citizens and their families before commending them for their perseverance in achieving their goal. Later, Estela Vazquez, an Executive Vice President at the Union, led the new citizens in the Activist Pledge, which highlights the benefits and the responsibilities of citizenship. Mitra Behroozi, Executive Director of the 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds, also congratulated the new citizens on their achievement and encouraged them to be active participants in civic affairs.

Three of the celebrants --- representing the hospital, nursing home and home care industries --- shared their personal journeys in becoming U.S. citizens. They underscored the importance of having the support of their employers and the Union as they often faced isolation and uncertainty while navigating the legal requirements and government bureaucracy. The Training and Employment Funds and the Benefit and Pension Funds jointly provide 1199SEIU members with educational services and legal assistance. The education programs help members acquire the social studies knowledge and language skills needed to pass the citizenship test. The legal assistance helps members navigate the complicated application process, without being taken in by one of the predatory programs that charge would-be citizens high fees.


It's Registration Time for the Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program, which Supports Children through their College Years

The 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation's Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program mails out application kits this month for the 2016--2017 academic year. The Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program helps make a college education more attainable for the children of 1199SEIU members. Recognizing that the costs of attending college extend well beyond tuition for freshman year, the program allows all eligible students to apply for award consideration each academic year. Students must be enrolled full time in an accredited undergraduate program to qualify for the minimum scholarship of $750 per academic year.

The program includes a pair of additional components --- the Study Incentive Program and the Next Generation RN Scholarship Program --- that help defray the costs of a college education through merit-based financial awards. Joseph Tauber Scholarship awardees who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or above in an awarded term are eligible to apply for additional funds from the Study Incentive Program. Students who are entering the clinical phase of a two- or four-year RN nursing program may apply for assistance from the Next Generation RN Scholarship Program. Awardees who maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 or above in an awarded term are eligible to apply for additional funds from the Study Incentive Program.

Leslie Ann Grullón, a 2015 graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and the first person in her family to graduate from college, said, "The scholarship allowed me to study abroad, an experience which expanded my understanding of other cultures and helped me mature professionally. Most importantly, the scholarship made it possible for me to attend and graduate college."

By enabling more children of 1199SEIU employees to become college graduates, these programs are an investment in the next generation of healthcare workers. For more information about the Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program or any of the 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation program offerings, please visit our website at 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 also available on the ICE calendar at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/continuing-ed-events/


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 program 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 dieticians 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. 
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 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
Dr. Van Dunn Named the National Benefit Fund's Chief Medical Officer
The Citizenship Program - a Benefit Provided by the 1199SEIU Benefit and Training Funds - Celebrates a Milestone and Honors New U.S. Citizens
It's Registration Time for the Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program, Supporting Members' Children through the College Years
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs
   
  
   

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