Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
December 8, 2016
A key goal of NYSHealth’s Building Healthy Communities priority area is to create healthy communities that lead to more New Yorkers of all ages eating healthy foods, being physically active, and having access to a range of programs that encourage healthy life choices.
Many organizations across the State are doing smart, innovative work that is relevant to NYSHealth’s work to improve health in New York neighborhoods. 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 awarded grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities 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 building healthy communities. In 2016, NYSHealth awarded New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) a grant to participate in this initiative.
With NYSHealth funding, NYIC sent one staff member and a staff member of its member organization, African Services Committee (ASC), to attend the National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) hosted in Nashville, Tennessee. This year, the conference focused on engaging populations and areas that are not often featured in immigrant integration conversations. Specifically, the conference brought together a panel of immigrant rights advocates, immigrant community leaders, and thought leaders who promote a “health in all policies” framework. The ASC staff member shared its program models and intervention strategies with representatives from African diaspora-serving organizations. The attendees shared what they have learned from the conference with colleagues and partner organizations.