Veterans Health Conference Scholarship
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 sponsoried low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2019, NYSHealth awarded David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness Based Education and World Peace (the David Lynch Foundation) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support veteran’s health.
Under this grant, two staff members from the David Lynch Foundation attended and presented at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans and Community Oversight and Engagement Board Meeting. The meeting provided advice and made recommendations to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to identify the goals of the community and improve services and outcomes for veterans, members of the Armed Forces, and their families. The David Lynch Foundation presented on its Resilient Warrior Program, which provides Transcendental Meditation programming for veterans, family members, and veteran serving professionals. The programming has been proven to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress among post-9/11 veterans. Attendance at the meeting allowed the David Lynch Foundation to learn best practices from the field of veterans’ care to bring back to its work.