Empowering Health Care Consumers Conference Scholarship
May 15, 2017
A key goal of NYSHealth’s Empowering Health Care Consumers priority area is to ensure that people have the tools, resources, and support they need to make informed decisions about their health care.
As the only statewide health foundation in New York, NYSHealth can play a leadership role in building the field of leaders and changemakers working across the State to empower health care consumers. For organizations already engaged in this work, attending conferences and other convenings provides an opportunity to share their successes and lessons learned. Conference attendance can also encourage new actors to enter the field and incorporate consumer empowerment into their work. Yet, because of a lack of resources, many are often unable to attend. Through its Sponsoring Conference Participation Related to Empowering Health Care Consumers Request for Proposals, NYSHealth is sponsoring nonprofit or low-resourced organizations to attend or present at local, State, and national conferences related to empowering health care consumers. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Care for the Homeless (CFH) a grant to participate in this initiative.
With NYSHealth funding, CFH will send two staff members to attend the 2017 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference and Policy Symposium in Washington, D.C. Conference attendees are formerly homeless individuals who have experience accessing the health care system while homeless and now advocate for health care-related policies that affect homeless individuals and families. Attendance at this conference will bolster the advocates’ knowledge of national policies on homelessness and will empower them to successfully continue the advocacy work. In addition, the advocates will use the knowledge gained from the conference to inform CFH’s policy work and health care access model.