Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
November 16, 2018
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 is sponsoring low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2018, NYSHealth awarded the Empire Justice Center a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.
Under this grant, one staff member from the Empire Justice Center attended the NHeLP Health Advocates Conference. The conference offered trainings in relevant issues to the Empire Justice Center’s work, including Medicaid enrollment and renewal challenges, immigrant and maternal health, policy updates on the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Medicare, and the opioid epidemic. By attending the conference, the Empire Justice Center had the opportunity to network with other advocates and brought back lessons learned to continue fighting for the health of underserved populations in its community.