Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
September 27, 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 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 2017, NYSHealth awarded Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley (CFHV) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support healthy communities.
With NYSHealth funding, two CFHV staff members attended the 2017 NYS Funders Conference, and organized and presented the Farm Fresh Food Initiative panel at the conference. The staff members discussed their organization’s efforts to incorporate more produce into feeding programs for people in need across a four-county region in New York State. CFHV shared lessons about the initiative and how it has funded more than $1 million in grants to nonprofits in the region that has resulted in millions of pounds of produce being delivered, along with healthy eating education and wraparound health services in both rural and urban settings.