Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
March 15, 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 Tisch Center for Food, Education, & Policy a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, the Tisch Center sent staff to attend and conduct a workshop at the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference. The Tisch Center’s Deupty Director conducted a workshop that focused on guiding advocates to navigate the Farm Bill policy landscape and get involved in helping to foster and support nutrition education and farm-to-cafeteria efforts. By attending the conference, the Tisch Center is better informed on the most current efforts around advocacy for healthy, local food that support equity and justice. Learning from other stakeholers in the field at the conference also helped the Tisch Center in its political advocacy at the State and local levels.