Empowering Health Care Consumers Conference Scholarship
May 10, 2017
A key goal of NYHealth’s Empowering Health Care Consumers priority area is to ensure that people have the tools, resources, and support they need to make informed decisions about their health care.
As the only statewide health foundation in New York, NYHealth can play a leadership role in building the field of leaders and changemakers working across the State to empower health care consumers. For organizations already engaged in this work, attending conferences and other convenings provides an opportunity to share their successes and lessons learned. Conference attendance can also encourage new actors to enter the field and incorporate consumer empowerment into their work. Yet, because of a lack of resources, many are often unable to attend. Through its Sponsoring Conference Participation Related to Empowering Health Care Consumers Request for Proposals, NYHealth sponsored nonprofit or low-resourced organizations to attend or present at local, State, and national conferences related to empowering health care consumers. In 2017, NYHealth awarded State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill (SUNY Cobleskill) a grant to participate in this initiative.
With NYHealth funding, SUNY Cobleskill sent one faculty member to attend and present at AcademyHealth’s 2017 Annual Research Meeting in New Orleans. Specifically, the faculty member presented a poster, “Open Data for Healthcare Innovation: Strategies Needed to Engage Consumers and Promote Use.” The poster presentation focused on improving consumer engagement and use of open health data, which are freely available data released by government agencies to the public to promote government transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Attendance at this conference enabled the faculty member to establish research collaborations, develop related class ideas for SUNY Cobleskill students, and network with fellow researchers and practitioners in the health information technology field.