Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
October 20, 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 Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support healthy communities.
With NYSHealth funding, one FDRHPO staff member attended the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health.” The staff member attended sessions relevant to FDRHPO’s regional health assessment, including preventing chronic disease by reducing obesity in adults in children. Lessons learned from the conference helped inform a variety of FDRHPO’s presentations, reports, and collaborative activities that address population health, public health, and social determinants of health.