November 2016

National Benefit Fund Leadership to Speak at Employee Benefits Conference
The 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund's (NBF) Benefits Chief of Staff Kate M. Fallon and General Counsel Jeffrey Stein have been invited to speak at the 62nd Annual Employee Benefits Conference hosted by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, November 13 to 16, in Orlando, Florida.

Fallon will report on the success of the Type 2 Diabetes Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program for members of the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Home Care Employees. Through the program, launched in December 2015, members who are successfully managing their diabetes are trained to mentor fellow members who are struggling to control their condition. Mentors are then matched with mentees of similar ethnic and language backgrounds to provide emotional and practical support, helping them overcome challenges that can prevent them from accessing healthcare, including limited resources and cultural barriers. Preliminary results show that participants have improved medication adherence rates and lowered their hemoglobin A1C levels.

Stein will address cybersecurity threats that health plans face, highlighting testimony presented this year to the ERISA Advisory Council, of which he is a member. Reducing exposure to current and foreseeable cyber-threats is critical, particularly in healthcare. While no approach will prevent all attacks, Stein will discuss how a good cybersecurity risk management strategy identifies risks, minimizes threats through the use of regular security updates, detects breaches quickly and determines appropriate responses to limit the exposure.

Fallon will speak Tuesday afternoon, and Stein will speak Monday and Tuesday mornings. For more information about the conference, please contact Daphne Lewis at (646) 473-8407 or Daphne.Lewis@1199Funds.org.

Online RN-BSN Program Helps Prepare 1199SEIU Nurses for the Future
As healthcare delivery continues to evolve, so do the roles and responsibilities of nurses. By 2020, most institutions are expected to require registered nurses (RNs) to have a bachelor's degree in order for the institutions to achieve or retain their American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program status, which is awarded by the ANCC to hospitals that satisfy a set of criteria designed to measure the strength and quality of their nursing. To help 1199SEIU RNs with associate degrees further their education, the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds created a labor-management committee to develop a list of recommended colleges and universities for members who want to earn their bachelor of science degrees in nursing (BSN).

The labor-management committee evaluated various nursing programs based on the following criteria: institutional accreditation; admission requirements; cost of tuition and fees; transferability of college credits earned in other educational institutions; teaching methods; general support and resources provided to students; and responsiveness to the specific needs of older working students. After an extensive review, which included in-person meetings with university representatives, the committee recommended the following schools for the new online RN-BSN program: Aspen University, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Franklin University, Grand Canyon University, Pennsylvania State University, SUNY Empire State College and Western Governors University.

The 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund's (TUF) Nursing Division also offers participating students tutoring services, either individually or in a group setting, depending on the demand, and a pharmacology workshop. Upon completion of the program, TUF will assist students in securing a job upgrade or a new position. For more information on the 1199SEIU RN-BSN program, contact Geoffrey Edwards at Geoffrey.Edwards@1199Funds.org or (212) 894-4336, ext. 1336.

Save the Date for the Child Care Corporation's Annual Care for Kids Gala
The Tenth Annual 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation's Care for Kids Gala will be held on Tuesday, December 6, at 6:00 pm at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. Lee H. Perlman, executive vice president of administration and chief financial officer of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and president of GNYHA Ventures, Inc., will chair the gala. This year's theme is "Planting the Dream: The Flowers of Tomorrow Are the Seeds of Today," and the evening will include honorary gala chairs George Gresham, president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East; Bruce McIver, president of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York; and Vivian Fox, president of the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation and executive director of the Child Care Funds.

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. Funds raised from this year's event will enable the Child Care Corporation to increase the number of children who are educated at the 1199SEIU Future of America Learning Center (FALC). FALC has been deemed a "showcase" and "learning partner" site by the New York City Department of Education for its early-childhood education curriculum, which is being used to develop and train other early-childhood learning centers across the city.

The Care for Kids Gala honors individuals and organizations whose work demonstrates a commitment to children and families. This year's honorees are Dawna Michelle Fields, national program director of the Colgate-Palmolive Company; Keith Mestrich, president and chief executive officer of Amalgamated Bank; Dr. Rosa M. Gil, president and chief executive officer of Comunilife Inc.; and Sheena Wright, president and chief executive officer of United Way of New York City.

Past honorees include Courtney B. Vance, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor and advocate for youth; Pedro A. Noguera, PhD, distinguished professor of education, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies; Dara Richardson-Heron, MD, chief executive officer, YWCA USA; 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 information on the 2017 Care for Kids Gala, including table and ticket purchases as well as journal ads, please visit www.ChildCareCorp.org/Gala, email CareforKidsGala@1199Funds.org, 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 1199SEIU employees at your institution. The schedule is also available on the ICE calendar at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/continuing-ed-events/.

Autoimmune Disorders
Wednesday, November 2
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This three-hour program is accredited for LPNs, RNs and Nurse Practitioners. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, 33rd Floor (Penthouse), Manhattan.

Going Home: The Transition of Care --- White Plains
Thursday, November 3
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This three-hour seminar is accredited for Rehab Therapists (OTs/PTs). Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the 1199SEIU-White Plains Office, 99 Church Street, 4th Floor, White Plains, NY.

Spectrum of Medical Imaging and Radiologic Technology Practice
Wednesday, November 9
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This three-hour program will be 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, 33rd Floor (Penthouse), Manhattan.

The Latest Innovations in Spinal Surgery
Saturday, November 12
7:45 am to 3:30 pm
This six-hour seminar will be accredited for Perioperative Practitioners (Anesthesia Techs, Central Sterile Techs and Surgical Techs). The program will be offered at the 1199SEIU Union building, in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 310 West 43rd Street, Manhattan.

The ICD-10 Landscape: 2016 and Beyond
Tuesday, November 15
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This three-hour program will be accredited for Medical Coders. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, 33rd Floor (Penthouse), 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 Institute for Continuing Education at (212) 894-4390 or Institute@1199Funds.org.

In This Issue
National Benefit Fund Leadership to Speak at Employee Benefits Conference
Online RN-BSN Program Helps Prepare 1199SEIU Nurses for the Future
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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