March 2017
National Benefit Fund's Chief Medical Officer Joins Citywide Hypertension Initiative
Dr. Van H. Dunn, the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund's (NBF) Chief Medical Officer, has been named to the steering committee of a New York City initiative to reduce the prevalence of hypertension among New Yorkers. Similar in scope to the city's anti-smoking campaign that began nearly 15 years ago and has significantly reduced smoking rates and related illnesses, the new initiative is convening healthcare leaders from across the city to address the growing epidemic of hypertension, particularly among minorities and in poorer communities. More than one in four residents report having hypertension, according to the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. With 31 percent of 1199SEIU members identified as hypertensive, the NBF has long worked to educate its members about the dangers of high blood pressure through numerous outreach efforts, including worksite wellness fairs and health workshops. "Hypertension is often referred to as a 'silent killer,' because so many people are not aware that they have it," said Dr. Dunn. "The number-one priority is to raise awareness. From there, we can help get patients the treatment they need." Dr. Dunn said the committee's goal is to launch the campaign in the next two to three months.

Training and Upgrading Fund Prepares Members for Evolving Healthcare Field
As the healthcare industry continues to undergo change, the 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund (TUF) offers members counseling services to ensure they maintain the necessary skills to achieve their professional goals. Through a series of workshops, TUF's counseling staff informs members about the education benefits available to them and helps them make informed academic and career choices. Counselors are available at all TUF sites in the New York City metropolitan area, and can also be reached through a counseling hotline at (212) 284-9210. Workshops include the Career Planning Workshop, designed for members who are unsure of their course of study or who would like to learn more about emerging healthcare professions; the Tuition Assistance Workshop, which provides step-by-step instructions on how to apply for financial assistance from TUF; and the Upgrade Strategies Workshop (formerly the Graduate Outcomes Workshop), which helps members develop self-marketing techniques, prepare resumes, reexamine their career goals and create action plans. For more information, please visit www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/funds-and-services/training-and-employment/.

Application Time for the Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program
The 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation's Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program mails out application kits this month for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program helps make a college education more attainable for the children of 1199SEIU members, serving as an investment in the next generation of healthcare workers. This need-based program allows eligible students to apply for financial awards each academic year. Applicants must be younger than 23 years of age and be enrolled full-time in an accredited undergraduate program to qualify. The minimum scholarship amount is $750 a year.

Two additional programs also help defray the costs of a college education through financial awards. Students enrolled in the Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 are eligible to apply for additional funds from the Study Incentive Program. Similarly, students who are entering the clinical phase of a two- or four-year Registered Nursing program can apply for assistance from the 1199SEIU Next Generation RN Scholarship Program.

As 1199SEIU member Joyce Kanner explained, "Every semester, I relied on the help I received from the Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program. Apart from the wonderful financial support, I also felt supported by the Child Care Fund and that I was not in this journey alone."

For more information about the Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program or any of the 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation or 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Fund program offerings, please visit our website at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/childcare or call (212) 564-2220.
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 at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/continuing-ed-events.

Housing Issues and Implications on Optimal Health Outcomes and Social Work Practice
Thursday, March 16
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm (EST)
This three-hour program is accredited for Social Workers and CASACs. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, Penthouse (33rd Floor), Manhattan.

Man-Made Disasters: Healthcare Readiness, Response and Resilience
Saturday, March 25
8:45 am to 4:30 pm (EST)
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.

 

Demystifying Fats
Thursday, March 30
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm (EST)
This three-hour program is accredited for Dietitians/Nutritionists. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, Penthouse (33rd Floor), Manhattan.

 

Free prep courses are also available for national certification exams and New York State Licensure exams 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's Chief Medical Officer Joins Citywide Hypertension Initiative
Training and Upgrading Fund Prepares Members for Evolving Healthcare Field
Application Time for the Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs
   
  


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