Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
October 10, 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 Oswego County Health Department (OCHD) a grant to to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, a staff member from OCHD attended the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Expo, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now.” The staff member learned more about innovative ideas related to building healthy communities and how to replicate successful projects from like-minded organizations. The conference’s programs on food and nutrition, physical activity, community health planning and policy development, and public health education and health promotion were of great interest to OCHD. These sessions informed OCHD’s own work to reduce health disparities and create healthier neighborhoods. By attending this conference, OCHD was also able to connect with other public health leaders.