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Island Harvest, Ltd.

  • Project Title: Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
  • Priority Area: Other
  • Grant Amount: $4,000
  • Date Awarded: August 31, 2017
  • Region: Long Island
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  • Grant Status: In Progress


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 2017, NYSHealth awarded Island Harvest a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support healthy communities.

With NYSHealth funding, two Island Harvest staff members will attend the The Root Cause Coalition's Second Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health. The staff members will learn new methods for implementing programs and service offerings and for streamlining overall efforts to address hunger and poverty on Long Island. In addition, the conference will provide Island Harvest staff with the opportunity to create and expand the reach of valuable partnerships.

View a complete list of conference participation grantees.