Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
August 31, 2017
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 awarded grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities, Consumer Empowerment, and Veterans’ Health Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYSHealth sponsored low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Rural Health Network of South Central New York (RHNSCNY) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support healthy communities.
With NYSHealth funding, one RHNSCNY staff member attended the Closing the Hunger Gap Conference. The staff member learned more about developing asset-based approaches for ensuring healthy food access throughout Central New York. In addition, attendance at this conference strengthened RHNSCNY’s current goals to partner with local organizations and learn about similar work happening nationally.