Families USA, a national consumer advocacy group, organized annual three-day conferences in 1997, 1998, and 1999 in the District of Columbia.
The conferences were designed to educate community leaders and patient advocates about crucial health care developments, and to disseminate information that could assist them to become more effective in securing improved access and quality of care for their constituencies.
provided partial support for the conferences.
- More than 500 people from over 40 states and from organizations serving a broad range of consumer needs attended each conference. Topics included:
- Federal initiatives in health care.
- Medicare and Medicaid managed care.
- How to work with the media.
- Consumer protection issues in managed care.
- Community organizing.
- The impact on consumers when local nonprofit health providers convert to for-profit status.
- Long-term care.
- Raising funds from foundations.
- Issues in health care for special populations, such as immigrants and those who are disabled or mentally ill.
A fourth conference, "Consumer Health Action 2000," was held in late January 2000 in Washington, D.C., with partial support from RWJF (see Program Results on ID# 037706).
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided partial support for the conferences from January 1997 to May 1999 with three grants totaling $616,503.
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