Consumer Empowerment Conference Scholarship
July 18, 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 sponsored low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2018, NYHealth awarded The New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to empower health care consumers.
Under this grant, NYAPRS sponsored two consumer registrants to attend its annual conference at no cost. For more than 30 years, the NYAPRS annual conference has brought together consumers, providers, policymakers, advocates, and managed care representatives. The conference addresses advocacy and empowerment, health, healing and recovery, community inclusion, cultural competence, administration, peer support, and trauma. NYAPRS’s support for consumers to attend the conference was crucial, as they may not otherwise have had the funds to participate in this learning opportunity.