Veterans’ Health Conference Scholarship
September 12, 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 Clear Path for Veterans a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to meet the health needs of returning veterans and their families.
With NYSHealth funding, two Clear Path for Veterans staff members attended the 2017 Warrior Community Integration Symposium. Attendance at this conference increased staff understanding of the Warrior Serves software, which they have recently begun using. Staff members had the opportunity to share best practices on measuring the effectiveness of this software while also developing partnerships with other community-based organizations working with veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.