Veterans’ Health Conference Scholarship
March 26, 2021
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 Healthy Food, Healthy Lives 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 Food, Healthy Lives; 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 2021, NYSHealth awarded Jonas Philanthropies a grant to host the “Mission Homefront: Translating Research into Practice in Veterans Healthcare” conference as part of its efforts to support veterans’ health.
Under this grant, Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (JNVH) hosted an online conference for the nursing industry, free of charge for participants. The online conference brought together private nurses and health care workers to learn how to increase health care access among New York State veterans. Topics examined the unique health care needs and challenges of veterans, with a focus on how nurses in private care settings can better screen for veterans and military families. JNVH also covered the costs for continuing nursing education credits incurred by all the conference participants who took part in the survey and certification requirements post-conference. By participating in this online conference, participants learned how to better assist veteran clients in rural or urban settings who have difficulty accessing care.