Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
April 8, 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 the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City (the Fund) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, the Fund sent one staff member to the 2019 National Planning Conference and a complementary training at the Pratt Institute. The National Planning Conference is an annual learning and network-building opportunity that brings together national and community-based leaders to share best practices, explore policy, and discover new approaches. The complementary training at the Pratt Institute is for planners and students to better understand the grassroots organizing and cultural context for where the conference is taking place. By attending the conference and training, the Fund learned about how other cities and policymakers are creatively approaching health equity, public safety, participatory leadership, and community development. The Fund’s staff member met leaders and residents working to effect inclusive, sustainable change in their communities, as well as took part in discussions on opportunity, race, and community building that are central to the health equity movement.