Consumer Empowerment 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 Make the Road New York (MRNY) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.
Under this grant, MRNY staff attended the National Immigrant Integration Conference. The conference is an annual convening of groups that work to empower immigrant communities to improve their health and wellbeing. MRNY participated in the conference topic “Healthcare & Our Communities,” which covered areas like mental health services for immigrant communities, health access for all, and the Trump administration’s new “public charge” regulation proposal. The conference was an opportunity for MRNY to share its own experience with other organizations, learn from others in the field, and develop new ideas and strategies to improve health care for immigrant consumers in New York.