Empowering Health Care Consumers Conference Scholarship
March 5, 2020
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 2020, NYSHealth awarded Pulse of NY a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.
Under this grant, Pulse of NY sent its president to the 2020 IHI Patient Safety Congress. The conference brought together medical professionals from across the nation to learn about best practices for ensuring patient safety. This event provided the opportunity for Pulse of NY’s president to network with these professionals and gain valuable resources and information that will further the organization’s efforts to engage individuals with the health care system outside of the patient role. The conference also informed Pulse of NY’s community-based program curriculum and TakeCHARGE campaign, which helps encourage people to actively prepare to be patients instead of waiting until they enter the health care system.