Empowering Health Care Consumers

Project Title

Patients as Partners: Advancing Equity

Grant Amount

$1,000,224

Priority Area

Empowering Health Care Consumers

Date Awarded

April 30, 2021

Region

Statewide

Status

In Progress

At NYSHealth, we want New Yorkers to have a meaningful role as partners both in their own health care and at the policy level.

At the clinical level, patients should be empowered to get their personal needs met and have a voice in their own health care decisions. At the policy level, patients and consumers should have a seat at the table to help drive and inform decisions that affect health care policy, quality, access, and costs in New York State.

But in practice, patients—particularly people of color—are often marginalized rather than placed at the center of the health care system. Although all patients should be valued as partners, patients of color can face unique obstacles, including racism, bias, mistrust, and gaps in communication between patients and physicians. Engaging patients of color to ensure their priorities, preferences, and experiences guide efforts to develop a more equitable health system is an important first step.

NYSHealth issued a Request for Proposals (RFP), “Patients as Partners: Advancing Equity,” to encourage projects that seek to implement system improvements, practice innovations, or interventions designed to give patients of color a meaningful role in their health care. Through this RFP, NYSHealth is supporting five organizations to engage patients of color as partners in their health care at both the systems and individual levels.

Grant recipients are: