December 2016
Protecting Our Health Calendar Offers Wellness Tips Throughout the Year
The Greater New York Benefit Fund will soon release its 2017 Protecting Our Health calendar, a valuable resource that 1199SEIU members can use all year long to improve their physical and mental well-being. As part of the Benefit Fund's commitment to help promote a culture of health for 1199SEIU workers, the calendar is filled with tips on nutrition, fitness and stress management. Members will also find information on wellness programs, health workshops and other events, a schedule for recommended preventive screenings and contact information for important health resources.

Delegates and members who attended any Benefit Fund wellness event in 2016 will receive their 2017 Protecting Our Health calendar in the mail. In addition, any member who would like a copy can request one by contacting our Wellness Department at For a full listing of upcoming wellness events, please visit
Training and Upgrading Funds' New Catalog, Education Programs Help Members Advance
The 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund (TUF) has published its first edition of The Education and Career Catalog to help 1199SEIU members stay informed about the numerous opportunities available to them. Please encourage your 1199SEIU employees to pick up a copy at any New York-area Training and Employment Funds location or download a copy by visiting

The 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds' adult education programs lay the foundation for the academic and career success of its members and their eligible dependents by providing a supportive and innovative learning environment. The following programs are offered:
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) : Offers adult learners classes to improve their speaking, reading, writing and listening skills. Eight levels of instruction are available, from beginner to advanced.
  • Foreign Language: Provides Spanish language training to healthcare workers, enabling them to better respond to the needs of the increasing Latino patient population in New York City and beyond.
  • Computer Literacy: Offers computer literacy fundamentals and other courses to help members improve their technological skills.
  • High School Equivalency: Members earn high school equivalency diplomas through two programs: Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) and the National External Diploma Program (NEDP).
  • College Preparation: Equips members with the knowledge and skills needed for success in college. This program also prepares members for college entrance exams.
  • Learning Center: Offers educational support, tutorial services, workshops and access to academic resources at sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
For more information, please visit
The Child Care Corporation's Annual Care for Kids Gala Is Next Tuesday
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 1199SEIU Child Care Funds.

The 2016 gala will feature entertainment from the Warren Daniels Band and a special presentation highlighting various Child Care Corporation programs. Guests will also be able to bid on several raffle items, including a 60-inch television and tickets to a New York Giants football game.

The Child Care Corporation and Child Care Funds have helped provide more than 200,000 children of 1199SEIU members with access to early childhood education, college preparation, summer day and sleep-away camps, internships, mentoring and other programs. 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; Rosa M. Gil, DSW, 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 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 2016 Care for Kids Gala, including table, raffle and ticket purchases, please visit, email, 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 facility. The schedule is also available on the ICE calendar at

Cardiopulmonary Disease
Friday, December 2
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 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 or contact TUF's Institute for Continuing Education at (212) 894-4390 or

In This Issue
Protecting Our Health Calendar Offers Wellness Tips Throughout the Year
Training and Upgrading Funds' New Catalog, Education Programs Help Members Advance
The Child Care Corporation's Annual Care for Kids Gala Is Next Tuesday
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs

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