Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
December 15, 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 sponsored low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded the Rockland County Health Department a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support healthy communities.
With NYSHealth funding, Rockland County Health Department sent one staff member the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health.” At the APHA conference, the staff member presented an abstract, “Building a Healthier Rockland County Through Complete Streets Policies,” highlighting Rockland County’s work to increase the number of municipalities that adopt Complete Streets policies. Attendance at the APHA conference also gave the staff member an opportunity to learn from other health departments and share best practices.