Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
September 27, 2017
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 awarded 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 2017, NYSHealth awarded the Educational Alliance a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support healthy communities.
With NYSHealth funding, two members of the Educational Alliance network attended the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo. By attending the conference, the two members gained skills to help them evaluate current services and design new programs to provide health education and promotion through physical activity and nutrition classes, as well as address social determinants of health. The conference helped the members increase their cultural competency and overall knowledge of the public health sector.