Consumer Empowerment Conference Scholarship
July 18, 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 ShareTheCaregiving (STC) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.
Under this grant, STC sent its founder & CEO and one board member to the Planetree International Conference on Person-Centered Care. The Planetree conference brought together health care organizations, professionals, and patient advocates to discuss person-centered care in healing environments. STC presented its caregiving model and a recent study on the role of unpaid volunteers in group caregiving approaches. The conference allowed STC to share its work, as well as learn more about best practices in the person-centered care field.