Consumer Empowerment Conference Scholarship
July 11, 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 a grant to Planned Parenthood of Central & Western New York (PPCWNY) to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.
Under this grant, PPCWNY sent two of its health center staff to the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference. This conference offered a chance for transgender individuals and providers to come together to re-envision what health and wellness mean for transgender people. The conference offered sessions on issues such as delivering HIV prevention and care; fundamental care and management of the transgender adult and child; trauma-informed education, and what non-binary clients want their mental health providers to know. Through participation in this conference, PPCWNY became poised to meet the health care needs of its transgender community, empowering individuals throughout Central and Western New York to live healthy and fulfilling lives.