Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
April 17, 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 Seven Valleys Health Coalition (SVHC) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, two staff members from SVHC attended the 2018 National Health Outreach Conference. This conference explored approaches for improving community health, including through community-based strategies, by encouraging health equity, and creating improvement in health through disruptive change and innovation. Attending this conference gave SVHC staff members an opportunity to learn more about food systems work and practices that can inform the work they are undertaking in Cortland County communities on healthy food access and consumption.