Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
June 29, 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 Glynwood Center a grant to participate in this initiative.
With NYSHealth funding, two Glynwood Center staff members attended the 2017 North East National Association of State Departments of Agriculture conference. As regional leaders in training farmers and promoting local food, Glynwood Center staff built relationships with other agricultural organizations and served as representatives of the good food movement. Attending the conference boosted Glynwood Center’s potential to influence food and agricultural policy in the Hudson Valley and across the State.