Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
April 10, 2018
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 2018, NYSHealth awarded Clinton County Health Department (CCHD) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, CCHD sent one staff member to the 2018 National WIC Association Annual Education and Training Conference. At this conference, the staff member presented on CCHD’s work to facilitate community collaborations to address hunger, food security, and other challenges to food access. The staff member also had the opportunity to network with other health departments and community-based organizations and learn best practices for food access interventions.