Consumer Empowerment Conference Scholarship
September 11, 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 Long Term Care Community Coalition (LTCCC) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.
Under this grant, LTCCC sent two members to attend the Consumer Voice Conference, the only national conference focused entirely on long-term care consumers, ombudsmen, and others who work with them. By attending the conference, staff members had the opportunity to attend various keynote sessions, workshops, and networking events on aging and long-term care. In particular, LTCCC staff members learned about significant changes underway in the nursing home field, including implementation of federal policies directing states to decrease penalties for substandard care, abuse, and neglect and a recent proposal to make sweeping changes to federal minimum standards for nursing homes.