NYSHealth Issues RFP for Conference Attendance Support

The New York State Health Foundation has a broad mission to improve the health of New York State residents, especially the most vulnerable. To achieve meaningful impact, the foundation makes grants, informs healthcare policy and practice, and spreads effective programs that work to improve New York's health system. Most of the foundation's grantmaking is focused on two priority areas: building healthy communities and empowering healthcare consumers.  

As the only statewide health foundation in New York, NYSHealth can play a leadership role in building the field of leaders and change makers working in New York State to empower healthcare consumers. They could be attending and participating in local, state, or national conferences on this issue but often are unable to do so because of a lack of resources. By sponsoring conference attendance, the foundation hopes not only to support those already engaged in this effort but also to encourage new actors to enter the field and incorporate consumer empowerment into their work.

To that end, NYSHealth has issued a Request for Proposals to support conference attendance among nonprofit organizations in New York State working s to improve the health of residents in the state.

Conferences may be at the regional, state, or national level; conferences outside the United States will not be considered. Scholarships of up to $2,000 per person will be awarded for up to two attendees at each organization (for a maximum of $4,000). Scholarship funding will be used to cover the costs of registration fees, travel and lodging, and incidentals for attendees while at the conference. Applicants will be eligible for a one-time, nonrenewable award in this area. Funding from this award may not be used to cover conference or other related travel expenses that are already being supported through another funding source.

Examples of conferences that could be considered include the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care's conference; PlaneTree's conference on patient- and family-centered care; the Beryl Institute's Patient Experience conference; AcademyHealth's annual research meeting; and the National Academy for State Health Policy's annual conference.

Eligible applicants include New York State nonprofit or low-resourced organizations. Government agencies may apply through a fiduciary agent with nonprofit 501(c)(3) status.

See the NYSHealth Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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