Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
May 31, 2019
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 2019, NYSHealth awarded the Claybridge Health Education Fund a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, the Claybridge Health Education Fund sent one member to speak on a panel at the Grantmakers in Health 2019 Annual Conference. The conference aired There’s Something About Brownsville, a 40-minute documentary film clip created by the Fund with NYSHealth support. Focusing on the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund community of Brownsville, Brooklyn, the clip delves into both the health disparities facing black Americans and the different side of the neighborhood that isn’t covered—one of resiliency and community. Following the screening, the Fund staff member led a discussion to push funders to think about how their resources can best be used to bring about more positive public health changes in Brownsville and other communities like it.