Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
April 17, 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 Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, the Fund was able to send one staff member to the 2018 Policy Link Equity Summit. At the summit, the staff member had an opportunity to meet innovative leaders and dedicated residents working to effect inclusive, sustainable change in their cities and communities, as well as take part in discussions about opportunity, race, and community building that are central to the health equity movement. The topics and case studies presented at the summit helped the Fund assess and refine its strategies around food systems, the built environment, and deeper resident engagement.