Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
September 27, 2017
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 awarded grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities, Consumer Empowerment, and Veterans’ Health Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYSHealth sponsored low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded the Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support healthy communities.
With NYSHealth funding, two BCHN staff members attended the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health.” By attending the conference, staff members had the opportunity to network and learn from other community-based organizations doing similar work related to social determinants of health, built environment, healthy food access, physical activity, and more. In addition, this conference helped BCHN staff serve as advocates for their patients and communities, as well as enhanced and reshaped their existing community health programs.