Scholarship Information – WDI, PEF and CSEA

2018 Scholarship Announcement

The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is proud to announce they will once again offer scholarship opportunities for the 10th Annual Safe Patient Handling Conference in Syracuse on October 30-31, 2018.

WDI is a statewide 501(c)3 non-profit that improves the lives of people across New York State by developing and supporting programs to enhance worker skills and ensure worker safety.
WDI recognizes that this conference provides a vital opportunity for health care workers and strategic personnel to come together to learn new strategies and applications related to patient care and worker protection. As such, WDI is pleased to provide scholarships to front-line health care workers to ensure those who are interested will have the opportunity to attend.

Scholarships and Application Process:
There are 25 scholarships available with preference given to members of unions that are part of the NYS Zero Lift Taskforce. Management personnel may also apply if one or more frontline healthcare workers from their facility also attends. A maximum of three scholarships will be awarded to a facility.

To apply for a WDI scholarship, please complete an application found here: WDI Application

Scholarships will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. Applications will be accepted until all scholarships are awarded. They will be reviewed, with preference given to front-line workers, while seeking a diversity of unions and locations around the state.

ALL WDI Scholarship applicants will be contacted by email.

PEF and State level CSEA members DO NOT qualify for WDI scholarships. Please contact your union leaders for other funding opportunities.

PEF Members – The PEF/NYS Article 18 Joint Committee, and the PEF Health & Safety Department are pleased to announce that registration for PEF members is now open. Funding for the conference is provided by NYS/PEF Contract Article 18 joint funds, and is approved only for Agencies that provide direct care (OCFS, OPWDD, OMH, SUNY, DOCCS, DOH and Roswell Park). Up to three PEF representatives and three M/C employees from each facility. Funding is limited to 75 participants, and will be on a first come first served basis. You must have supervisory approval to attend the conference. Click here to register:

State Level CSEA funding – Funding will be available soon. Please check back soon for more details.

IMPORTANT NOTE – If you are applying for a WDI, PEF or CSEA scholarship, do not register for the conference until you have either been granted a scholarship or have been denied. Refunds cannot be processed. Those granted a scholarship will be given specific registration instructions.