July 2019
Benefit and Pension Funds Boards of Trustees Met in June
The 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds Boards of Trustees held their Joint Annual Meeting from Wednesday, June 19 through Friday, June 21, at the Seaview Resort in Galloway, New Jersey. Donna Rey, the Funds' Chief Operating Officer, reviewed the Funds' programs, benefits and work in 2018. Executive Director Mitra Behroozi highlighted rising national healthcare cost trends that the Funds, like other payers, are experiencing, plus bipartisan state and federal legislation that attempts to address them. Acknowledging the Funds' unique relationship to the healthcare industry, Ms. Behroozi discussed the cost containment strategies currently available to the Funds. The year in review and a spotlight on healthcare trends can be found in the Funds' 2018 Annual Report that was distributed at the meeting.

On national issues, General Counsel Jeffrey Stein reported on the threats to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and multiemployer defined benefit pension plans. Kirk Adams, Executive Director of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and the Greater New York Hospital Association's Healthcare Education Project, led a discussion on "Medicare for All," with featured guest Cathy Hurwit, a longtime Capitol Hill senior staff specialist on healthcare, senior and labor issues, and a current member of the advisory board of the Center for Medicare Advocacy.

Trustees who wish to access any presentations or materials distributed at the meeting may do so through Directorpoint.com. To obtain the password or for more information, please contact the Funds' Trustee Relations Department at (646) 473-6031.
Training and Employment Funds Have Successful First Year Leading Initiative for Long-term Care Workers
The 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds, in partnership with 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the City University of New York (CUNY), the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, have been one of New York State's Workforce Investment Organizations (WIO) participating in the state's three-year, $245 million Workforce Investment Program for long-term care facilities. The program goal of the WIO, named "Ladders to Value," is to design and implement training that supports care coordination, value-based payment models and other delivery-system reforms. 

In the first year of the initiative, the 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund trained 1,179 healthcare workers at 33 nursing homes in New York State. Among the more than 35 training modules available, the most popular have been Stress Management; Conflict Resolution; Bias, Culture and Values in Healthcare; and Communication Skills. Other modules include Increasing Resident Satisfaction; Resident Decline Detection; Motivational Interviewing; Transitions of Care; and Managed Long-term Care. In year two of the WIO, which will run through March 31, 2020, new training topics will include Alzheimer's/Dementia Care and Healthcare-acquired Conditions. Additional trainings will be developed as needed within the parameters of the WIO's Workforce Development Initiative. Training is mostly held onsite, on paid release time, and participating facilities may receive wage replacements.

If you are interested in having your 1199SEIU employees and members take part in the training, or would like more information, please contact James Chang at (212) 284-9281 or James.Chang@1199Funds.org.
Graduates Honored in Child Care Corporation's Pre-RN Track Lab Coat Ceremony
On June 3, the 2019 graduates of the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation's (CCC) Pre-RN Track were recognized for their achievements at the 11th Annual Lab Coat Ceremony. The Pre-RN Track is part of the CCC's WorkForce 2000 initiative, a year-round academic program that helps teens of 1199SEIU members succeed in high school, prepare for college and explore career interests. The program seeks to increase the availability and diversity of the New York City nursing workforce by helping prepare high school students to pursue nursing professions.

At this year's ceremony, 2015 graduate Dennise Pena spoke of how the program helped her meet the challenges of studying to become a nurse, and of how pleased she is to be an adjunct instructor now with the Pre-RN Track. Special guest speakers at the ceremony included Marc Z. Kramer, President of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York, and Norma Amsterdam, Executive Vice President of the 1199SEIU RN Division. The students in attendance---all of whom will attend college in the fall, including CUNY Lehman College and Adelphi University---received official lab coats and pins to acknowledge their accomplishments in successfully completing the program. 

For more information about the WorkForce 2000 Pre-RN Track, please email WF2000@1199Funds.org, or call (646) 473-8569.
In This Issue
Benefit and Pension Funds Boards of Trustees Met in June
Training and Employment Funds Have Successful First Year Leading Initiative for Long-term Care Workers
Graduates Honored in Child Care Corporation's Pre-RN Track Lab Coat Ceremony
   
 


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