Empowering Health Care Consumers Conference Scholarship
February 22, 2019
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 2019, NYSHealth awarded Savvy Coop a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.
Under this grant, a staff member from Savvy Coop attended and presented at the HIMSS Global Conference and Exhibition, which focused on health technology. Savvy Coop’s presentation was on the need to ensure the patient voice is included in designing new health technology. Savvy Coop hopes that its presentation encouraged more companies to ensure that their work puts patients first. By attending the conference Savvy Coop also learned more about the current landscape of creating patient-centered innovative products.