Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
August 8, 2019
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 2019, NYSHealth awarded the Food Bank of the Southern Tier a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier will send two staff members to attend the Closing the Hunger Gap conference. This conference addresses how systematic inequities, such as health disparities and food scarcity, are directly related to the health of communities. The conference specifically examines the impact of race and racism and how they can be understood as a social determinant of health. Conference participants can attend multiple field trips to learn about innovative programs and locations such as urban farms, Soul City (a city built for and steered by African Americans), and Native American farms. Attending the conference will help the Food Bank of the Southern Tier in its goal to understand health disparities and become better equipped to build sustainable communities with open access to nutritious foods.