Veteran’s Health Conference Scholarship
January 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 Research Foundation at the City University of New York a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support veterans’ health.
Under this grant, the Research Foundation at the City University of New York will send members of its Project for Return and Opportunity in Veterans Education (PROVE) team to participate in the Innovative Educators’ Veteran/Military online training modules. The trainings will allow PROVE members to learn on their own schedules and enhance their ability to work with student veteran populations, ensuring they have a smooth and successful transition home. Given the number of people that need to be trained, the range of subjects to be covered, the unpredictability of the trainees’ schedules, and the expenses of travel, in-person conferences would be prohibitive. Innovative Educators’ on-demand training offers the most cost-effective option for providing cutting-edge training for PROVE’s teams. It will also enable future cohorts of PROVE graduate-level social work interns to receive this training at no additional cost, continuing to grow and improve the program’s work to assist student veterans.