Veterans’ Health Conference Scholarship
August 13, 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 Salvation Army Greater New York Division a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support veterans’ health.
Under this grant, the Salvation Army Greater New York Division sent its deputy director of social services administration and its senior project manager to the Warrior Community Integration Symposium. The symposium brought together veteran-serving professionals from across the county, and in 2018 focused on challenges that veterans face when transitioning into local communities. Specifically, the symposium’s coverage of transportation access and mental health will be helpful to the Salvation Army Greater New York Division’s goals. Learning about national best practices and innovations at the symposium was useful to the Salvation Army Greater New York Division in its search for a local transportation solution for veterans in its community. It also provided insight on ways to better serve veterans in the greater New York City area.