Grant Recipients for “Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Food, Healthy Lives; Primary Care; and Veterans’ Health”

Across New York State, mission-focused organizations—NYHealth grantees and non-grantees— continue to develop smart, innovative, and timely work relevant to the Foundation’s program areas: Healthy Food, Healthy LivesPrimary Care; and Veterans’ Health. These organizations should and could be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at regional, statewide, and national conferences, meetings, and other convenings, both in person and online. Yet, because of a lack of time and resources, they often are unable to do so. To address this issue and increase opportunities for organizations to showcase their work, NYHealth awards grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Food, Healthy Lives; Primary Care; and Veterans’ Health Request for Proposals (RFP).

Through this RFP, NYHealth sponsors a range of nonprofits, community-based organizations, health departments, and organizations with limited resources to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to the Foundation’s program areas.

New York University, School of Medicine

Smaller, nonacademic organizations often lack the experience, time, and resources needed to conduct and implement evaluations that are critical to effective program execution and sustainability.

To address this need among its own grantees, NYHealth began funding in 2008 a technical assistance initiative that offers additional support in strengthening the evaluation aspects of grantee projects. With funding from NYHealth, the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine has provided direct assistance to selected grantees, held training workshops for grantees, and created an online evaluation toolkit to be used by potential NYHealth applicants and current grantees. Through continued support from NYHealth, the evaluation technical assistance program has built on the successes of previous years. In 2023, NYHealth awarded NYU a grant to continue this initiative for NYHealth grantees.

Under this grant, NYU will continue to provide evaluation technical assistance workshops for grantees that cover a range of topics, including developing a logic model; designing and implementing a process and outcome evaluation; and coding and analyzing qualitative data. NYU will continue to offer workshop content through monthly, interactive webinar learning sessions, with a potential hybrid approach in 2024. Participants will further receive evaluation workshop presentations and other resources in an electronic format. NYU will also reach out to new grantees to schedule an initial, one-hour consultation. The evaluation team will provide enhanced technical assistance to grantee organizations over a one-year period and offer customized support, depending on grantee needs. Lastly, NYU will send out periodic reminders to grantees about the availability of technical assistance.

Related Grants:
Phase 1: $253,635
Phase 2: $220,301
Phase 3: $166,979
Phase 4: $151,670
Phase 5: $148,297
Phase 6: $149,553
Phase 7: $151,579
Phase 8: $154,690
Phase 9: $161,255
Phase 10: $163,005
Phase 11: $167,233
Phase 12: $167,441
Phase 13: $171,525
Phase 14: $179,984

See a Q&A with Dr. Carolyn Berry, who has led the technical assistance initiative since its inception.

Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust (fiscal sponsor: Resist Inc)

In a state as large as New York, a steady stream of smart, innovative work is coming from NYHealth grantees and non-grantees alike that is relevant to NYHealth’s priority areas of Healthy Food, Healthy Lives 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, NYHealth is awarding grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Food, Healthy Lives and Veterans’ Health Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYHealth is sponsoring low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2023, NYHealth awarded Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust (fiscal sponsor: Resist Inc) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to connect people to healthy food.

Under this grant, Northeast Farms of Color Land Trust sent two staff members to attend the 2023 Northeastern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NEASDA) Regional Meeting. NEASDA is an association dedicated in influencing policy, comprised of commissioners, secretaries, and directors of agriculture from the northeastern states. Through this conference, NEASDA convened with other leaders in the agricultural sector to determine priority areas for: food safety regulation, marketing, and trade; environmental and conservation practices; animal and plant production; and federal policy in the coming years. By attending the conference, the staff members from the Northeast Farms of Color Land Trust improved their advocacy and policy work; built upon their network with other leaders in the agricultural sector; and garnered support and provided representation for the 600+ BIPOC farmers in New York State. As an organization, it continued to encourage other non-governmental and advocacy organizations to join the conversation to promote equity and sustainability in the food and farm space.

New York University, School of Medicine

Smaller, nonacademic organizations often lack the experience, time, and resources needed to conduct and implement evaluations that are critical to effective program execution and sustainability.

To address this need among its own grantees, NYHealth began funding in 2008 a technical assistance initiative that offers additional support in strengthening the evaluation aspects of grantee projects. With funding from NYHealth, the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine has provided direct assistance to selected grantees, held training workshops for grantees, and created an online evaluation toolkit to be used by potential NYHealth applicants and current grantees. Through continued support from NYHealth, the evaluation technical assistance program has built on the successes of previous years. In 2022, NYHealth awarded NYU a grant to continue this initiative for NYHealth grantees.

Under this grant, NYU continued to provide evaluation technical assistance workshops for grantees that covered a range of topics, including developing a logic model; designing and implementing a process and outcome evaluation; and coding and analyzing qualitative data. As a result of ongoing office closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic, NYU continued to offer workshop content through monthly, interactive webinar learning sessions. Participants further received evaluation workshop presentations and other resources in an electronic format. NYU also reached out to new grantees to schedule an initial, one-hour consultation. The evaluation team provided enhanced technical assistance to grantee organizations over a one-year period and offered customized support, depending on grantee needs.

Related Grants:
Phase 1: $253,635
Phase 2: $220,301
Phase 3: $166,979
Phase 4: $151,670
Phase 5: $148,297
Phase 6: $149,553
Phase 7: $151,579
Phase 8: $154,690
Phase 9: $161,255
Phase 10: $163,005
Phase 11: $167,233
Phase 12: $167,441
Phase 13: $171,525

See a Q&A with Dr. Carolyn Berry, who has led the technical assistance initiative since its inception.

Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst, Inc.

New York City is home to more than 150,000 Ukrainians, many of whom have watched in horror the mounting deaths and devastation resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

These Ukrainian New Yorkers are grappling with how to help their families in conflict zones and how to support family members who have managed to flee. As the U.S. government prepares to welcome Ukrainians through traditional resettlement systems, many Ukrainian families have already reunited with friends and families in New York City and are relying on them for aid, as they have not yet officially been offered a legal status. The Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst (JCH) serves the largest community of Russian and Ukrainian-speaking residents in the country, using trained social workers to lead its Crisis Response Center. In 2022, NYHealth awarded JCH a grant for the Crisis Response Center to support mental health and social services for Ukrainian New Yorkers and refugees.

Under this grant, JCH provided 9,400 sessions of transitional services such as comprehensive case management, applications for health benefits, housing referrals, emergency cash assistance, emergency food and clothing, and accompaniment to medical visits. It also provided more than 130 clients with trauma-informed mental health and wellness support. In partnership with the New York Legal Assistance Group and the Urban Justice Center, JHC screened clients for temporary protective status, reunification, and humanitarian parole status at on-site legal clinics.  JCH coordinated its services with other available resources, including New York City’s immigration legal assistance and mental health crisis response services.

Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation (d.b.a. Health Affairs)

Health Affairs, the nation’s leading peer-reviewed health policy journal, regularly publishes special thematic issues that address major topics in health care policy and practice.

The journal plays a key role in identifying emerging and promising practices, providing actionable evidence to public and private sector policymakers and advancing innovation. Health Affairs quickly emerged as a trusted source during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue to grapple with policy decisions during the ongoing pandemic—testing, public safety, vaccine rollout, and mitigating the spread of disease—it is important to review and elevate the broad lessons we have learned from the pandemic experience. In 2022, NYHealth awarded a grant to Project HOPE for Health Affairs to publish a special issue on key lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, which will be published in 2023.

Under this grant, Health Affairs published and released the special issue, as well as related materials. Health Affairs issued a broad call for abstracts, collaborating with a range of funders and thought leaders to generate ideas and identify authors and topics. This special issue and related materials provided analyses of prevention efforts; explored the pandemic’s health care, economic, and societal impact; and identified innovations that emerged during the pandemic. Health Affairs also engaged in robust outreach to promote the journal issue, pitching the media and getting the word out via social media channels and its blog. It held a virtual public briefing and conducted outreach to ensure that the work helps to inform policymakers, including representatives of the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, private industry leaders, health care practitioners, patient advocates, consultants, and academics.

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