Consumer Empowerment Conference Scholarship
September 27, 2017
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 2017, NYSHealth awarded the Physician Affiliate Group of New York (PAGNY) Health and Research Foundation a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.
With NYSHealth funding, a physician leader and a registered nurse leader from PAGNY attended the 2017 Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care. By attending this conference, staff members gained new perspectives on the quality of care and services as seen through the eyes of the patient. The staff members were able to use the skills and best practices learned from this conference to teach other doctors and nurses to be conscious participants in patient experience improvement activities.