Project Title

Consumer Empowerment Conference Scholarship

Grant Amount


Priority Area


Date Awarded

February 15, 2022


Western NY





In a state as large as New York, a steady stream of smart, innovative work is coming from NYHealth grantees and non-grantees alike that is relevant to NYHealth’s priority areas of Healthy Food, Healthy Lives 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, NYHealth is awarding grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Food, Healthy Lives; Consumer Empowerment; and Veterans’ Health Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYHealth is sponsoring low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2022, NYHealth awarded the Center for Elder Law & Justice a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.

Under this grant, the Center for Elder Law & Justice sent two staff members to the National Health Law Program’s annual Health Advocates Conference. The conference brought together health advocates, attorneys, and policymakers to discuss pressing Medicaid and health policy issues that low-income individuals and families are facing. The Center’s Health Care Advocacy Unit is devoted to ensuring fair and equal health care access to clients and communities served. The conference directly addressed several of the main issues the Health Care Advocacy Unit focuses on, and provided information regarding proposed changes to the health care system in 2022. The staff members who attended had the opportunity to compare state policies, share strategies and solutions, and learn directly from Capitol Hill staff about the upcoming year’s health policy forecast.

View a complete list of conference participation grantees.