Veterans’ Health Conference Scholarship
March 25, 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 Rockland Independent Living Center (RILC) a grant to participate in this initative as part of its efforts to support veterans’ health.
Under this grant, RILC will send a staff member to the 2019 National Women Veterans Interactive Leadership and Diversity Conference, a conference dedicated to serving and supporting women veterans and their families through advocacy, empowerment, interaction, outreach, and unification. The conference will address the unique, and often unrecognized, challenges facing our nations’s 1.8 million women veterans as they return to civilian life. RILC will use the knowledge gained at this conference in its work with veterans and their families, bringing back best practices to its staff.