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 sponsored low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2018, NYSHealth awarded the New York Coalition for Healthy School Lunches a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, two staff members from the Coalition attended and gave a presentation at the New York School Nutrition Association Annual Conference. The New York School Nutrition Association is a professional association of school food service personnel, and the conference aims to better educate this population on nutrition. At the conference, the Coalition presented its work; connected with food service directors, cooks, and staff about healthy school lunches; promoted recipes that are both budget-friendly and fit school meal nutrition regulations; and learned from the successes and challenges of other organizations working in school food.