Oswego County Health Department
- Project Title: Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
- Priority Area: Other
- Grant Amount: $1,600
- Date Awarded: August 14, 2017
- Region: Central New York
- Website: http://www.oswegocounty.com/health/
- Grant Status: In Progress
In a state as large as New York, a steady stream of smart, innovative work is coming from NYSHealth grantees and non-grantees alike that is relevant to NYSHealth’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, NYSHealth 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, NYSHealth is sponsoring low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded the Oswego County Health Department (OCHD) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support healthy communities.
With NYSHealth funding, OCHD’s Director of Public Health will attend the 2017 annual National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) conference. OCHD has been selected to present at a conference session on its “Smoke Free for My Baby & Me” program, where it linked community resources to clinical interventions to promote smoking cessation. In addition, the conference will provide the director with a chance to deepen and share local expertise, as well as create and improve collaborations with health care organizations and public health departments to advance population health.