Project Title

Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship

Grant Amount


Priority Area


Date Awarded

February 28, 2020



Western NY


In Progress



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 2020, NYSHealth awarded the Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.

Under this grant, MAP will send two staff members to the 2020 National Good Food Network Conference. The conference will provide the opportunity for MAP staff to connect with regional and national food systems leaders, learn about innovative strategies for food systems change, and exchange ideas on how to strengthen community partnerships. MAP staff will also use conference examples of youth leadership, racial equity, and food projects to inform MAP’s work to address systemic food issues and ensure access to healthy, local, sustainable, fair, and humanely produced food.

View a complete list of conference participation grantees.