Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
September 6, 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 Urban Justice Center a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, the Urban Justice Center will send a staff member who was selected from a competitive international pool to attend the Next City Vanguard Conference. The conference is an experiential urban leadership gathering of the best and brightest young urban leaders working to improve cities across sectors, including in urban planning, community development, government, transportation, and sustainability. The Urban Justice Center will have the chance to connect with other attendees at the conference who also use place-based strategies to address the challenges of urban neighborhoods. The Urban Justice Center will bring back lessons learned from the conference to inform its work combatting neighborhood inequality in New York City.