Veterans’ Health Conference Scholarship
December 5, 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 Bronx Legal Services a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support veterans’ health.
Under this grant, Bronx Legal Services sent two staff members to National Health Law Program’s 2019 Health Advocates Conference. This conference brought together health advocates, attorneys, and policymakers from across the country to discuss health policy issues and challenges facing low-income individuals and families, including veterans. It provided an opportunity for attendees to share information, ideas, and best practices for working successfully with consumers and health care access. The staff members learned more about Medicaid enrollment and renewal issues; changes to the Affordable Care Act, veteran’s health insurance, and Medicare; techniques to navigate managed care; and cuts to long-term care. Bronx Legal Services used knowledge gained from the conference to improve its outreach methods to veterans and their families.