Project Title

Consumer Empowerment Conference Scholarship

Grant Amount


Priority Area


Date Awarded

January 9, 2020








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 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, NYHealth 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, NYHealth is sponsoring low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2020, NYHealth awarded the Community Service Society (CSS) of New York a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.

Under this grant, CSS sent one health advocate to attend the 2020 Families USA Health Action Conference. This conference gathered community leaders, social justice advocates, and enrollment assistors to build a stronger national network of supporters for equitable health care for all. The conference served as a platform for educating advocates and leaders on essential topics relevant to today’s health care challenges, such as surprise medical billing, universal health care, and social media as a platform for change. By attending this conference, the CSS health advocate learned novel strategies and information for empowering New York State health care consumers.

View a complete list of conference participating grantees.