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    October 2016
Greater New York Benefit Fund Launches Annual Flu Shot Campaign
The Greater New York Benefit Fund (GNYBF) has launched its annual Protecting Our Health campaign, urging members to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza. For years, the GNYBF has helped educate 1199SEIU members on the importance of getting a flu shot to protect themselves, their families and their residents from the virus, and to help maintain a healthy workforce. This year's initiative includes distributing flyers at facilities, to remind members to get vaccinated at their worksites or doctors' offices; posting information on the Benefit and Pension Funds' website, Facebook page and in the Fall issue of the Fund's member magazine, For Your Benefit; and issuing a voiceblast telephone message later this month.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone get a flu shot, particularly anyone who is at high risk for complications from the flu, including healthcare workers, pregnant women and anyone with a chronic medical condition such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.
Labor Management Project Initiative Improves Worker Safety
With the conclusion of the 1199SEIU Labor Management Project's 18-month-long "Workplace Violence in Nursing Homes" initiative in September, all six facilities that participated in the project have updated their policies and implemented new practices aimed at creating cultures of safety for staff, residents and visitors. One of the participants, Kings Harbor Multicare Center in the Bronx, held a workshop at the annual conference of the Pioneer Network, held in New Orleans. This annual gathering is the largest national conference dedicated to culture change and person-centered care.

At the conference, where attendees learned about the dangers faced by Certified Nursing Assistants, who have the highest incidence of workplace violence of any worker in the U.S., Kings Harbor's labor-management committee discussed how they developed user-friendly workplace anti-violence policies and procedures, and educated the facility's 750 staff members on the changes. These changes included real-time practice drills to reinforce the new information and skills. For example, a "Code Silver" drill is called whenever a staff member needs assistance with a challenging resident or visitor. An interdisciplinary team responds immediately to help manage the potentially violent situation. Maxine Hall, Director of Nursing at Kings Harbor's Manor House, and Luis Royo, a housekeeper at the facility and an 1199SEIU delegate, presented the workshop, "Eliminating Workplace Violence in Nursing Homes: Experiences of Two Coalitions in Connecticut and New York City." "We feel safer than ever," Maxine told the audience, "Because we have confidence that we are all looking out for each other."
Anne Shore Sleep-Away Camp Program Serves More than 850 Children in 2016
In the summer of 2016, the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation's Anne Shore Sleep-Away Camp Program sent more than 850 children of 1199SEIU members to 17 summer camps, according to the final tally completed in September. The children attended camps in six states, including Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Connecticut. Open to members' children ages 9 to 15, the program offers a chance to attend two- to four-week summer sleep-away camps with activities that include swimming, gymnastics, hiking and music. At many camps, participants can concentrate on specific interests such as computers, dance and athletic activities. Members have the option of selecting co-educational or single-sex camps, as well as camps that allow children to return home on weekends. This year, the Anne Shore Sleep-Away Camp Program offerings included the award-winning French Woods Sports and Arts Center in upstate New York, which provides children with an opportunity to focus on sports, arts and technology.

The Anne Shore Sleep-Away Camp Program helps children of eligible 1199SEIU members develop social skills and build self-confidence in safe and supportive environments. Camps are selected based in part on parent surveys and are accredited by the American Camp Association. As of October 7, 2016, members can submit a 2017 application for the Anne Shore Sleep-Away Camp Program online at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/AnneShoreProgram. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2017. For more information, please email AnneShoreCampProgram@1199Funds.org or call (212) 564-2220, extension 3460.

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 1199SEIU employees at your institution. The schedule is also available on the ICE calendar at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/continuing-ed-events/

Sleep Disorders
Saturday, October 22
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 videocasts at 1199SEIU satellite offices and Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, NY will also be available.

New Methods and Modalities in Mechanical Ventilation
Wednesday, October 26
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

This three-hour program is accredited for Respiratory Therapists. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, Manhattan.

Going Home: The Transition of Care
Thursday, October 27
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

This three-hour seminar is accredited for Rehabilitation 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.

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
Greater New York Benefit Fund Launches Annual Flu Shot Campaign
Labor Management Project Initiative Improves Worker Safety
Anne Shore Sleep-Away Camp Program Serves More than 850 Children in 2016
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs


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