Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
November 14, 2016
A key goal of NYSHealth’s Building Healthy Communities priority area is to create healthy communities that lead to more New Yorkers of all ages eating healthy foods, being physically active, and having access to a range of programs that encourage healthy life choices.
Many organizations across the State are doing smart, innovative work that is relevant to NYSHealth’s work to improve health in New York neighborhoods. These organizations should be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at conferences and other convenings in New York and nationally. 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 Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYSHealth sponsored community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to building healthy communities. In 2016, NYSHealth awarded Field & Fork Network a grant to participate in this initiative.
With NYSHealth funding, Field & Fork Network sent its Double Up Food Bucks program coordinator to attend the Northeastern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group conference, an annual conference that brings together practitioners from the farm and food systems comprising the 12-state northeast region. This year’s conference theme was “It Takes a Region” and aimed to tackle longstanding, complex issues in food systems. The program coordinator presented a session, “USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program: Expanding Access to Local for All.” The session highlighted Field & Fork Network’s collaboration with networks on both local and national scales, the evolution of the Double Up Food Bucks program, and 2014–15 program findings.