Consumer Empowerment Conference Scholarship
October 22, 2018
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 2018, NYHealth awarded Medicaid Matters NY, through fiscal sponsor Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.
Under this grant, Medicaid Matters NY sent a staff member to Community Catalyst’s 2018 Annual Advocate Convening,“From Communities to Capitals: Advancing Our Movement.” The conference brought together health care consumer advocates from all over the country to hear from national experts, colleagues, and advocates about determinants of health, health systems transformation, consumer advocacy, and protecting Medicaid at the federal level. By attending the conference, Medicaid Matters NY had the opportunity to learn about Medicaid advocacy in other states, make new contacts, and become better informed about resources and tools to inform its work advocating for Medicaid consumers in New York State.