Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
October 22, 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 Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, the Schuyler Center sent a staff member to attend and present at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. The annual meeting brings together more than 12,000 attendees from across the world to spark innovation and improvements in policy and practice relating to public and community health. The 2018 conference theme was Health Equity Now, focusing on equity and social determinants of health. This focus was beneficial to informing the Schuyler Center’s policy and advocacy work on health system redesign and evidence-based interventions to address the social determinants of health in New York State. Attending the meeting allowed Schuyler Center to both promote New York’s work in social determinants of health and learn from other states and communities doing similar work.