January 2018
Spousal Enrollment for the 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund Begins January 1
The open enrollment period for 1199SEIU members who get their health coverage through the Greater New York Benefit Fund to enroll their spouses in the plan runs from January 1 through January 31, for coverage beginning March 1, 2018. To enroll their spouses, members must complete a Spouse Coverage and Payroll Deduction Authorization Form, authorizing their employers to deduct the weekly premium from their paychecks. The form can be downloaded here.
Protecting Our Health Calendar Offers Wellness Tips Throughout the Year
The Greater New York Benefit Fund will soon release its 2018 Protecting Our Health calendar, a valuable resource that 1199SEIU members can use all year long to improve their physical and mental health. The calendar is filled with tips on nutrition, fitness and stress management, as well as information on wellness programs, health workshops and other events. There is also a schedule for recommended preventive screenings and contact information for important health resources. The calendar is another example of the Benefit Fund's commitment, through its partnership with employers and the Union, to promoting a culture of health and well-being for 1199SEIU workers. Delegates and members who attended any Benefit Fund wellness events in 2017 will receive their Protecting Our Health calendar in the mail. In addition, any member who would like a copy can request one by contacting the Benefit Fund's Wellness Department at
11999SEIU Greater New York Education Fund Worker Retraining Initiatives Continue in 2018
With funding from the New York State Health Workforce Retraining Initiative to support statewide workforce development programs, the 1199SEIU Greater New York Education Fund (GNYEF) has implemented a variety of programs to train members. Some of the programs offered in 2018 include:

Computers/Electronic Medical Records (EMR): The program offers EMR training customized to specific systems in use at participating employers. For information, email

360 Degrees of Patient-Centered Care: Topics covered include care coordination, health disparities, chronic illnesses, mental-health issues and more. For information, email

Foreign Language Skills: The program will enable workers to provide language-competent care to New York's diverse patient population, and is offered in Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese and Korean. For information, email

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN): The program responds to the healthcare industry's need for LPNs in ambulatory care settings, health homes, nursing homes, long-term care facilities and home care positions. For information, email

For more information on all GNYEF programs, visit
The Child Care Corporation's Annual Gala Scores Another Big Success
The 11th annual 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation Care for Kids Gala took place on Tuesday, December 5, at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. The event raised more than $300,000 for the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation (CCC), which will be used in part to establish a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) program at the Future of America Learning Center (FALC), the corporation's 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. The gala honors individuals and organizations whose work demonstrates a commitment to children and families. This year's distinguished honorees, who have dedicated their work to the betterment of local communities, included Jennifer Ching, executive director of North Star Fund; Thelma Dye, PhD, Hilde L. Mosse executive director and chief executive officer of Northside Center for Child Development, Inc.; and Steven M. Safyer, MD, president and chief executive officer of Montefiore Medicine.

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, PhD, 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 300,000 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 or call (646) 473-8330.
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs

The 1199SEIU Greater New York Education Fund (GNYEF) 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 at

Obesity Epidemic: Stress, Lifestyle and the Environment 
Saturday, January 20
8:45 am to 4:30 pm

This six-hour program has been accredited for a number of healthcare professionals. It will be offered at The TimesCenter, 242 West 41st Street, Manhattan. Live videocast and live webcast 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 the Institute for Continuing Education at (212) 894-4390 or
In This Issue
Spousal Enrollment for the 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund Begins January 1
Protecting Our Health Calendar Offers Wellness Tips Throughout the Year
11999SEIU Greater New York Education Fund Worker Retraining Initiatives Continue in 2018
The Child Care Corporation's Annual Gala Scores Another Big Success
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs

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