Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
October 8, 2019
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 2019, NYSHealth awarded the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness (SIPCW) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthier communities.
Under this grant, SIPCW will send two staff members to the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) annual conference, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For Science. For Action.” This conference convenes public health professionals from diverse disciplines to share their knowledge regarding persistent and emerging health issues, with a key focus on equitable solutions. The SIPCW staff members will attend sessions highlighting research and strategies that help children and their families overcome food insecurity and barriers to healthier food and lifestyle choices. Attending the APHA conference will equip SIPCW staff with the most up-to-date research on healthy eating, active living, and other social determinants of health. SIPCW will later apply these strategies when developing robust indicators and measures for its children’s wellness initiative.