Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
June 18, 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 is sponsoring low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2018, NYSHealth awarded Field & Fork Network, Inc., a grant to send two staff members to attend the University, Community, and Government Partnerships for Race and Equality Conference at Niagara University.
Under this grant, Field & Fork will send its executive director to the University, Community, and Government Partnerships for Race and Equality at Niagara University. The conference’s emphasis on community collaboration aligns with Field & Fork’s mission to create more economic opportunities for local agriculture and providing greater access to fresh local foods for communities. At the conference, Field & Fork will share its Niagara Falls Local Food Action Plan, an NYSHealth-funded project, to help conference attendees understand the importance of resident engagement in the community planning processes. Attendance at the conference will also allow Field & Fork to gain key insights about successes and projects from other organizations.