Project Title

Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship

Grant Amount


Priority Area


Date Awarded

March 5, 2020





In Progress



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 2020, NYSHealth awarded the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy Foundation a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.

Under this grant, the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute will send its director to the 2020 National Good Food Network Conference. The conference will provide the opportunity for organizations to learn from each other and frontline communities about best practices, sustainable models, and strategies for food systems change and equitable food access. The conference will also inform the Institute’s efforts to create a framework for expanding and deepening food-related community development efforts in East Harlem and other parts of New York City.

View a complete list of conference participation grantees.