Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
August 8, 2019
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 2019, NYHealth awarded Brandworkers International a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthier communities.
Under this grant, Brandworkers International sent one member to attend the Food Chain Workers Alliance (FCWA) 2019 Summit. FCWA is a bi-national alliance of 33 groups across the United States and Canada that exchanged successful techniques, programs, organizational approaches, and ideas for building healthier, more sustainable communities. The summit allowed attendees to share key learnings and strategies that have provedmost effective. Attending this conference helped inform Brandworkers International’s work in developing programs aimed at minimizing food disparity for people of color, improving living wages for frontline food workers, and enacting environmental protections for communities of color and frontline workers.