Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
September 7, 2017
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 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 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 sponsored community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Malone Complete Streets a grant to participate in this initiative as part of the Foundation’s efforts to support healthy communities.
With NYSHealth funding, one member of the Malone Complete Streets advisory board attended the 2017 National Walking Summit. By attending this conference, the advisory board member gained more expertise on nonprofit management, including fundraising, advocacy, nonprofit communications, and impact measurement. The advisory board member also had the opportunity to network and share best practices with other small, volunteer-run community organizations.