Project Title

Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship

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Date Awarded

January 30, 2020





In Progress



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 is sponsoring low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2020, NYSHealth awarded Hunger Free America a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.

Under this grant, Hunger Free America will send two staff members to the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, co-sponsored by the Food Research & Action Center and Feeding America. Topics covered at this year’s conference include legislative efforts to expand child nutrition programs, grassroots citizen advocacy, immigrant access to nutrition programs, and senior hunger. The conference directly relates to Hunger Free America’s work to increase participation in nutrition programs and promote community member self-advocacy. By attending this conference, Hunger Free America staff will learn about best practices through trainings and keynote lectures; connect with local and national hunger relief organizations; and exchange ideas on how to strengthen current and prospective programming.

View a complete list of conference participation grantees.