Empowering Health Care Consumers Conference Scholarship
March 20, 2019
In a state as large as New York, a steady stream of smart, innovative work is coming from NYSHealth grantees and non-grantees alike that is relevant to NYSHealth’s priority areas of Building Healthy Communities and Empowering Health Care Consumers and its focus area on Veterans’ Health. These organizations should be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at regional, statewide, and national conferences, meetings, and other convenings. Yet, because of a lack of resources, they are often unable to do so. To address this issue, NYSHealth is awarding grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities, Consumer Empowerment, and Veterans’ Health Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYSHealth sponsored low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2019, NYSHealth awarded Broome County Office for Aging a grant to attend the National Lifespan Respite Conference as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.
Under this grant, the Office for Aging sent two staff members to the 2019 National Lifespan Respite Conference. The conference helped the Office for Aging improve upon and expand its work to ensure that seniors and caregivers are aware of programs, services, and benefits available to them. The conference’s workshops on holistic approaches for caregiving, recruiting volunteers, engaging community partners, and reaching families in need were beneficial to the Office for Aging’s work, and it brought back lessons learned to the rest of its staff.