Consumer Empowerment Conference Scholarship
April 19, 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 sponsored low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2018, NYSHealth awarded Public Agenda a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.
Under this grant, Public Agenda’s director of research shared findings from the organization’s research on health care price transparency at the 112th Annual Conference of the Government Finance Officers Association. Sharing findings at the conference helped raise professional awareness of public opinion about and desire for price information. Additionally, the director of research shared price transparency research that applies to state governments, including ways they can make price information available themselves, support doctors in providing price information, and invest in the infrastructure of price information through all-payer databases.