Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
January 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 Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative, Inc., (the Collaborative) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, the Collaborative sent a staff member to the 2019 Active Living Research Conference. The staff member networked with other attendees and shared best practices and the experiences of the Collaborative’s recent work with resident-driven projects and relationship building with community leaders. By attending the conference, the Collaborative received feedback from other organizations doing similar work and brought back lessons learned for building healthy communities in Niagara Falls.