Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
August 15, 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 Western New York (FBWNY) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthier communities.
Under this grant, FBWNY sent two members to attend the Closing the Hunger Gap Conference. This conference places particular importance on teaching story-based strategies, and attendees learn how to capture and frame powerful narratives around issues of hunger and poverty. Attending this conference helped FBWNY to share its own diverse client stories and strengthen client-centered community health interventions.