Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
June 20, 2017
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 2017, NYSHealth awarded the Fund for Public Health in New York City a grant to participate in this initiative.
With NYSHealth funding, two staff members from the Fund for Public Health in New York City attended the 2017 National Walking Summit. The summit brought together community advocates, nonprofit representatives, government officials, and transit, health, and planning professionals to explore the benefits that walkability can provide to individuals and communities. Conference participants shared best practices and stories, increased the visibility of key issues, and built support for the walking movement. The two staff members also had abstracts at the conference that highlighted the successes and challenges of the East Harlem Community Walking Trail, a Healthy Neighborhoods Fund project. Finally, one of the staff members was part of a 90-minute panel, “Exploring the Great Outdoors.”