Consumer Empowerment Conference Scholarship
April 24, 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 Hudson Valley Community Services (HVCS) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.
Under this grant, HVCS sent a staff member to attend the New York State Care Management Coalition 2019 Annual Training Conference, which highlighted empowering consumers through effective care coordination. The conference focused on the importance of helping consumers get their respective health care needs met while simultaneously empowering them to understand that they have a voice in their health care decisions. The best practices and evidence-based strategies that were shared at the conference were invaluable to HVCS’ work. Information from the conference helped HVCS empower and assist health care consumers effectively and independently manage their health care needs.