Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
January 4, 2019
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 2019, NYSHealth awarded Lenox Hill Neighborhood House (LHNH) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, LHNH will send three staff members to the 33rd National Child Nutrition Conference, one of whom will be presenting at the conference. The conference provides the latest information and professional development for providers who serve government-funded meals to children and adults in need. In learning how other organizations are addressing childhood hunger and nutrition on a national level, LHNH will be able to take back best practices to incorporate into its own program to better assist its clients. The conference focuses on areas that will be a boon to LHNH’s clients, including fiscal management, civil rights training, and the use of technology. At the conference, LHNH will present with a staff member from Greenmarket Co., summarizing their work together and outlining how they see the landscape of institutional food changing in the future.