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    February 2017
Greater New York Benefit Fund Covers New At-Home Colorectal Cancer Screening Test
The Greater New York Benefit Fund (GNYBF) now covers a new, non-invasive at-home test for colorectal cancer, the Cologuard Collection Kit. While early detection is key to successfully treating the disease, 1199SEIU members' colonoscopy rates are lower than the national average. By covering the FDA-approved Cologuard --- an easy-to-use testing kit that requires no special preparation, dietary restrictions or medication changes --- the Benefit Fund aims to remove the barriers that may prevent members from being screened. (The test is not recommended for those at high risk for colon cancer or who have a family or personal history of colon cancer, polyps or inflammatory bowel disease.) The GNYBF informed its members of this option in the Winter edition of its member magazine, For Your Benefit, and will send a targeted mailing to those over age 50 who have not been screened for colon cancer. The Benefit Fund is also encouraging providers to prescribe the test for their eligible GNYBF patients who have delayed being screened. For more information on Cologuard, please visit www.CologuardTest.com.
Tax Preparation Assistance Program Helps Eligible Members File for the EITC
The 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund's (GNYBF) Tax Preparation Assistance Program has long helped GNYBF members file for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by assisting them in accessing free tax preparation services. This year, the GNYBF is again partnering with the NYC Coalition to help members receive all the money to which they are entitled. The program offers locations in New York City, as well as Westchester County, Long Island and New Jersey. Through April 18, tax filing day, 1199SEIU workers can take advantage of weekday, evening and weekend hours and, in most cases, walk-in service. For more information, please visit our website.
Grants Will Allow Greater New York Education Fund to Further Its Training Efforts
In order to bolster its support for 1199SEIU employees, the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds (TEF), on behalf of the Greater New York (GNY) Education Fund and other 1199SEIU funds (Home Care Industry Education Fund, Registered Nurse Training and Job Security Fund, Training and Upgrading Fund, Upstate and Downstate, and Job Security Fund), submitted grant applications in 2016 to the New York State Department of Health's Health Workforce Retraining Program/Initiative (HWRI). In consultation with the New York State Department of Labor, the Department of Health allocated $20,449,734.25 to support the training and retraining of healthcare industry workers, to provide them with the necessary knowledge and skills that will enable them to be employed in emerging occupations, meet new requirements for existing occupations or meet the needs of a rapidly changing industry. The Department of Health awarded funding for 90 percent of the proposals submitted by TEF on behalf of the GNY Education Fund and other training funds, which was 31.62 percent of all the monies allocated to train and retrain healthcare workers in New York State. This grant will allow the Funds to train healthcare workers in New York City and the northern metropolitan area (including Westchester).  
Several workplace skills training sessions are already being offered throughout the Greater New York area. They include: 
  • 360 Approach to Patient-centered Coordination: Modules, which range from 4 to 32 hours, cover patient experience, social determinants of health, communication strategies and patient education and care coordination. 
  • Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language (ESL): These 40- to 65-hour courses offer contextualized language instruction for healthcare professionals, and are designed to meet the needs of a culturally and linguistically diverse patient population. Languages include Spanish, Russian, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese. 
  • Emerging Technology and Electronic Medical Record Training: Courses, ranging from 7 to 30 hours, include instruction in basic computer literacy and customized electronic medical records. 
  • Patient Care Technician: Training is 266 hours, geared toward Certified Nursing Assistants, EKG Technicians and Phlebotomists, and includes instruction in medical terminology and certification preparation. 
For information on implementing a course at your facility, contact James Chang at (212) 284-9281 or James.Chang@1199Funds.org.
Child Care Fund Seminars, Workshops and Camp Fairs Support Working Parents and
Their Children 
1199SEIU/Greater New York Child Care Fund offers free seminars, workshops and camp fairs that address the needs of working parents and help members take advantage of numerous opportunities available to their children. The sessions provide information on a wide range of topics, including child safety, summer camp options and summer youth employment. Seminars and workshops for parents with college-bound children focus on topics such as navigating the financial aid process, completing college admission applications and preparing for standardized admission exams. Below are the seminars, workshops and camp fairs scheduled for the next two months; the full schedule is available at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/parenting-seminars/. Please share these opportunities with 1199SEIU employees at your facility.


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Workshop
Thursday, February 2
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
1199SEIU Funds Headquarters
330 West 42nd Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Special Needs Camp
Thursday, February 9
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
1199SEIU Funds Headquarters
330 West 42nd Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10036

SAT
Wednesday, February 15
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
1199SEIU Funds Headquarters
330 West 42nd Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Low-cost Camp Fair
Tuesday, February 28
6:00pm to 8:00 pm
1199SEIU Funds Headquarters
330 West 42nd Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Low-cost Camp Fair
Thursday, March 9
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
1199SEIU Funds Westchester Office (White Plains)
99 Church Street, 4th Floor
White Plains, NY 10601

Low-cost Camp Fair
Wednesday, March 15
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
1199SEIU Funds Long Island Office (Hicksville)
100 Duffy Avenue, 3rd Floor Cafeteria
Hicksville, NY 11801

Preparing Your Teen for College --- the Final Steps
Wednesday, March 22
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
1199SEIU Funds Headquarters
330 West 42nd Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10036
In This Issue
Greater New York Benefit Fund Covers New At-Home Colorectal Cancer Screening Test
Tax Preparation Assistance Program Helps Eligible Members File for the EITC
Grants Will Allow Greater New York Education Fund to Further Its Training Efforts
Child Care Fund Seminars, Workshops and Camp Fairs Support Working Parents and Their Children


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