Empowering Health Care Consumers Conference Scholarship
October 3, 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 awarded 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 2017, NYSHealth awarded the Parkinson Support Group of Upstate NY (PSGUNY) local affiliate, through the National Parkinson Foundation of Greater Rochester, a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.
With NYSHealth funding, the program development manager at PSGUNY attended the 2017 New York State Caregiver & Respite Coalition Conference: “Understanding and Effectively Engaging Caregivers.” Attendance at this conference better prepared the program development manager to design programming that supports Parkinsons patients and their families as they age. The program development manager also had the opportunity to network with representatives from other community-based organizations and initiate possible future collaborations.