Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
August 14, 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 sponsoried 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 attended the 2017 annual National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) conference. OCHD was 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 provided 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.