Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
March 5, 2020
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 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, NYHealth 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, NYHealth is sponsoring low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2020, NYHealth awarded the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation sent two staff members to the 2020 National Good Food Network Conference. The conference brought together food systems leaders from across the nation to share best practices and lessons learned on how to scale up good food sourcing and access. The conference provided the opportunity for staff members to network with peers, attend experience-based presentations, and learn from technical assistance trainings. Additionally, staff members presented on the organization’s Center for Healthy Neighborhood and its strategy to use the local food system to improve health outcomes and economic mobility for low-income residents.