Empowering Health Care Consumers


October 2020

Priority Area

Empowering Health Care Consumers


At NYHealth, we want New Yorkers to have a meaningful role as partners both in their own health care and at the policy level. At the clinical level, patients should be empowered to get their personal needs met and have a voice in their own health care decisions. At the policy level, patients and consumers should have a seat at the table to help drive and inform decisions that affect health care policy, quality, access, and costs in New York State.

But in practice, patients are often marginalized rather than placed at the center of the health care system, especially people of color. Although all patients should be valued as partners, patients of color can face particular obstacles, including racism, bias, mistrust, and gaps in communication between patients and physicians.

NYHealth’s Patients as Partners: Advancing Equity Request for Proposals (RFP) aims specifically to advance racial health equity by engaging patients as partners. This RFP will support projects that seek to amplify voices of patients of color to ensure their priorities, preferences, and experiences guide efforts to create a more equitable health care system, and ultimately to reduce and eliminate racial health disparities. Through this RFP, we expect to fund projects that seek to implement system improvements, practice innovations, or interventions designed to give patients of color a meaningful role in their health care at the systems and individual levels.

The detailed Patients as Partner RFP is available here.

How to Apply

Step 1: All applicants are required to complete an online inquiry form. The deadline for the online inquiry form is December 8, 2020, at 1 p.m.

Complete and submit an online inquiry form here. For detailed guidelines, please review the online inquiry form instructions.

Step 2: After reviewing all inquiry forms, NYHealth staff members will select applicants to submit a full proposal. Selected applicants will be e-mailed specific submission instructions. The deadline for the full proposal is February 18, 2021, at 1 p.m.

For additional information on this funding opportunity and the application process, please consult Frequently Asked Questions.

Interested organizations are encouraged to contact Foundation staff early in the process to discuss any project ideas. Questions should be addressed to Program Officer MaKaya Saulsberry at Saulsberry@nyhealthfoundation.org or Program Assistant Jannel Tillman at Tillman@nyhealthfoundation.org.

Technical questions regarding the online application system should be e-mailed to grantsmanagement@nyhealthfoundation.org.