Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
May 14, 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 the Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy (Pulse Center) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.
Under this grant, the president and founder of Pulse Center attended the Institute for Healthcare Improvement 2018 National Forum. Pulse Center was particularly interested in the conference’s multiple sessions on improving access, quality, and health outcomes for communities that experience systematic marginalization. Pulse Center works to empower health care consumers by focusing on patients’ and their families’ involvement in care. By attending this conference, Pulse Center expanded its knowledge of how systemic bias in health care relates to patient advocacy, and was able to share what it learned from the conference with its community of health care professionals.