Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
September 18, 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 St. Lawrence County Health Initiative (SLCHI) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, SLCHI sent staff members to the Facilitative Leadership for Social Change Conference. The conference offered a unique opportunity for SLCHI to build skills and gain resources to better increase healthy, affordable food access and opportunities for physical activity to schools and communities in St. Lawrence County. Insights gained from this conference have helped support inclusion of diverse perspectives, especially those of underserved populations, and have offered SLCHI the opportunity to further build networks and strengthen partnerships.