Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
May 21, 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 New York Restoration Project (NYRP) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, NYRP sent its Director of Government Affairs to the Walk/Bike/Places 2018 Conference to present on a panel about using community-responsive pedestrian wayfinding systems to increase access to public space. The panel used a case study of NYRP’s work to increase connectivity between Randall’s Island and East Harlem, an NYSHealth-funded project. The panel and the conference helped NYRP engage other civic activists, planners, and practitioners in a conversation on best practices and challenges in promoting connectivity in underserved communities, as well as helped inform its work building healthy communities.