Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
October 6, 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 City Harvest a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support healthy communities.
With NYSHealth funding, two staff members from City Harvest attended the 2017 Closing the Hunger Gap Conference. The staff members also facilitated a workshop, “Rezoning, Gentrification, Displacement, and Other Root Causes of Food Insecurity.” The workshop examined the issues that lead to and exacerbate food insecurity and hunger in New York City, as well as how food justice organizations and communities can work together to address food insecurity. The staff members were able to share their perspectives on the important role of community gardens in organizing and coalition building.