January
2017

 

National Benefit Fund Announces Two New
Accountable Care Organizations

Effective January 1, 2017, the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East launched two new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs): the 1199SEIU Mount Sinai Coordinated Care Program and the 1199SEIU AdvantageCare Physicians Coordinated Care Program. The two programs will coordinate care for more than 10,000 1199SEIU workers and their families in order to improve the delivery of quality healthcare. With the addition of Mount Sinai and AdvantageCare Physicians, the 1199SEIU Benefit Funds now cover more than 40,000 members through ACOs.
 
Similar to the Benefit Funds' other ACOs, the Mount Sinai and AdvantageCare Physicians programs are designed to help people with chronic and complex conditions improve the quality of their lives, ensure they receive care based on the best medical practices, further their understanding of their condition or conditions, and reduce hospital and emergency room visits by providing care that is more effectively coordinated among multiple providers.

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Training and Employment Funds Kick Off Apprenticeship Program
In response to a shift in the focus of healthcare to preventive care and population health, the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds recently began a Community Health Worker Apprenticeship Program in partnership with 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, LaGuardia Community College, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center and the New York City Department of Small Business Services, which is providing funding for the apprentices' salaries and training. The program trains front-line community healthcare workers (CHWs) who make home visits to patients after hospitalization. These follow-up visits help ensure patients are adhering to their treatment plans and reduce the likelihood of hospital readmissions. CHWs also help patients access vital social services, provide them with informal counseling and address their chronic health problems, such as diabetes and asthma.

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Grants Will Allow Training and Employment Funds to Expand Their Efforts
Earlier this year, the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds (TEF) submitted grant applications 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, which was 31.62 percent of all the funds allocated to train and retrain healthcare workers in New York State. The grants will allow TEF to train healthcare workers in New York City, the northern metropolitan area (including Westchester), Long Island, Rochester, Central New York, Western New York and Utica. 
 
The Child Care Corporation's Annual Care for Kids Gala Scores Another Big Success
The 10th annual 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation Care for Kids Gala took place on Tuesday, December 6, at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. The event raised more than $300,000 for the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation (CCC), including the establishment of a Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math program at the Future of America Learning Center, the corporation's premier early childhood learning center in the Bronx.

Since 2006, the Care for Kids Gala has raised money to support CCC programs that benefit families in the communities and institutions they serve. This year's theme was "Planting the Dream: The Flowers of Tomorrow Are the Seeds of Today," reflecting the goals set by the CCC through its vast portfolio of youth programs.
 
The gala honors extraordinary individuals and organizations whose work demonstrates a commitment to children and families. This year's honorees were Rosa M. Gil, DSW, president and chief executive officer of Comunilife, Inc.; Keith Mestrich, president and chief executive officer of Amalgamated Bank of New York; Sheena Wright, president and chief executive officer of United Way of New York City; and Dawna Michelle Fields, national program director of the Colgate-Palmolive Company. 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., chaired the gala.

Serving as honorary gala chairs were 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, CCC president and executive director of the 1199SEIU Child Care Funds.
 
For more than two decades, the CCC and the Child Care Funds have helped provide more than 200,000 children of 1199SEIU members and the community at large with access to early childhood education, summer day and sleep-away camps, internships, mentoring, college scholarships and many other programs. This year alone, through the Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program, the organizations distributed more than $7 million in scholarships.

For more information on the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation, visit
www.ChildCareCorp.org or call (646) 473-8369.

The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs
The 1199SEIU/League Training and Upgrading Fund (TUF) 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/.

Diabetes Symposium
Saturday, January 28
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 www.1199SEIUFunds.org/Institute or contact TUF's Institute for Continuing Education at (212) 894-4390 or Institute@1199Funds.org.
In This Issue
National Benefit Fund Announces Two New Accountable Care Organizations
Training and Employment Funds Kick Off Apprenticeship Program
Grants Will Allow Training and Employment Funds to Expand Their Efforts
The Child Care Corporation's Annual Care for Kids Gala Scores Another Big Success
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs
   
  


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