Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
September 10, 2018
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 2018, NYSHealth awarded Institute for Human Services a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, the Institute for Human Services attended the New York State Association of Rural Health Networks’ 17th Annual Conference. The theme of the conference was “Together We Can Move Mountains,” and the presentations on social determinants of health, behavioral health, and livable communities in rural areas were useful to the Institute’s work. Insight gained at the conference helped the Institute better understand rural needs and new and effective programs, as well as how to foster collaborations between health care and community-based agencies to achieve mutual goals of improved health outcomes.