Project Title

Consumer Empowerment Conference Scholarship

Grant Amount


Priority Area


Date Awarded

December 16, 2019








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 2019, NYHealth awarded the Legal Aid Society a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.

Under this grant, Legal Aid Society sent two attorneys to the National Health Law Program’s 2019 Health Advocates Conference. This conference was tailored to the unique role attorneys can play in empowering health care consumers. By attending this conference, the attorneys broadened their expertise, expanded their professional networks, and gained further skills in using effective and emerging consumer advocacy strategies. The conference included sessions and workshops directly pertinent to Legal Aid Society’s work to assist clients in navigating managed care and mitigating concerns in immigrant health care, threats to long-term care, and delivery system reform. The conference also allowed the Legal Aid Society to showcase its work in advancing transparency, ease of access, and client-centered health care in New York State.

View a complete list of conference participating grantees.