Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
September 27, 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 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 awarded 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 low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support healthy communities.
With NYSHealth funding, one NSHC staff member attended the 2017 National Walking Summit, “Vital and Vibrant Communities: The Power of Walkability. The staff member learned more about best practices for establishing and encouraging walkable communities, along with various walking programs and interventions. Knowledge from the conference was used to improve NSHC’s own walking initiative, particularly as it sought to engage more local municipal partners such as health departments. The staff member also presented on a conference panel on its coalition building to advance NSHC’s walking collaborative.