Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
June 20, 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 awareded 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 the Jefferson County Public Health Service a grant to participate in this initiative.
With NYSHealth funding, one staff member from the Jefferson County Public Health Service attended the American Public Health Association 2017 Annual Meeting. The Jefferson County Public Health Service’s regional Community Health Improvement Plan included Clean Streets, an effort to improve the built environment and encourage residents to lead healthier lives, in the City of Watertown and two other county municipalities. By attending the conference, the staff member learned tools and strategies to develop interventions and evaluation strategies that the Jefferson County Health Service could implement through its Clean Streets initiative.