Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
October 10, 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 Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, YMPJ sent two of its staff members to the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s 25th annual conference, “It Takes a Region.” The conference theme was “Cultivating a Transformative Food System,” which was beneficial to YMPJ’s work with communities living in food deserts in New York City. By attending this conference, YMPJ was able to absorb and integrate the greater food justice community’s experience, wisdom, and talents into its community health and food policy programs, helping it to better achieve its goals of promoting food justice and creating sustainable food systems for its constituents.