Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
November 3, 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 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 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 community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2017, 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 the Foundation’s efforts to support healthy communities.
With NYSHealth funding, one staff member and one community partner from Take Back the Streets, a Center initiative in the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund community of the Near Westside, Syracuse, attended the 2017 Association for Community Health Improvement conference. Attending the conference helped the attendees gain a deeper understanding of the socioeconomic factors that impact health. They attended presentations that focus on cross-sector, community-based strategies to address the social determinants of health and enable communities to achieve the highest level of health for everyone. The staff members used what they learned to improve Take Back the Streets programming in the Near Westside.