Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
April 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 sponsored low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2019, NYSHealth awarded the Center for Court Innovation (the Center) a grant, through fiscal sponsor Fund for the City of New York, to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, the Center sent one staff member to attend the 2019 Active Living Conference and present on the Center’s Take Back the Streets project, a grassroots collaborative aimed at improving health and safety in Syracuse’s Near Westside neighborhood. The staff member shared lessons learned from its work in the Near Westside, as well as learned about the successes of other communities that are striving to promote active living and improve public health. The conference included many sessions that are directly related to the Center’s work, including strategies for community engagement around space activation and school and community partner coalitions. Information from the conference helped the Center think through its plans for evaluation, strategic planning, and the future of its work.