Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
April 18, 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 the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Teachers College Columbia University a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, one staff member from the Tisch Center will attend the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference. The staff member will conduct a workshop, “Farm (Bill) to Cafeteria: Advocating for Change,” about the potential of federal policy to support or hinder nutrition education and farm-to-cafeteria efforts. By attending this conference, the staff member will learn more about cutting-edge efforts to improve access to and education about healthy, local food in ways that support equity and justice.