Empowering Health Care Consumers Conference Scholarship
May 10, 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 sponsored 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 Momentum Resource Solutions, on behalf of NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H), a grant to participate in this initiative.
With NYSHealth funding, H+H sent one staff member to attend the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction in Body Medicine conference. The conference educated physicians about the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program in the context of medicine, research, and clinical care. The MBSR program can be a resource for underserved populations whose health conditions are often linked to persistent stress. Attendance at this conference better equipped the staff member to teach the MBSR program to patients and providers at H+H, New York City’s public hospital system.