Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
October 15, 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 (the Collaborative) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthier communities.
Under this grant, the Collaborative will send one staff member to attend the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo. This conference brings together public health workers from across the nation to network, educate, and present on a variety of industry topics. The Collaborative will attend sessions on unique collaborations between New York foundations and how they combine resources to address key factors affecting community health. The Collaborative will learn about national trends in place-based investing, challenges in funding placed-based investing efforts, and the value of resident engagement to the success of any such effort. The staff member will also have the opportunity to present the Collaborative’s work, network, and bring home materials that will advance future work.