Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
October 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 sponsored low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2018, NYSHealth awarded the Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, the Collaborative sent two staff members to attend the Donna Beegle Poverty Institute and Coaching Institute conference. The conference was for organizations and individuals better understand poverty and gain tools to ameliorate it in their communities. The workshops were designed to teach how to break poverty barriers, improve communication, educate colleagues, and provide leadership in this field. The conference also conducted poverty competency assessments and assisted organizations to develop and implement customized action plans with measurable results. The Collaborative brought back lessons learned from the conference to help better fight poverty-related health disparities in its community and with partner organizations in Niagara Falls.