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 the National Center for Law and Economic Justice a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.
Under this grant, National Center for Law and Economic Justice sent staff to attend the National Health Law Program’s Health Advocates Conference. The conference is an annual gathering of more than 150 health advocates and attorneys from legal services, advocacy groups, and government. The conference’s workshops and seminars educate health advocates to empower individuals and families throughout their advocacy work by training health advocates to learn and identify key health-related challenges faced by vulnerable communities; integrate efforts to address the issues faced by these diverse communities; and employ person-focused solutions to health policy issues.