Veterans’ Health Conference Scholarship
August 13, 2018
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 2018, NYHealth awarded Clear Path for Veterans a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support veterans’ health.
Under this grant, Clear Path for Veterans sent its chief operations officer and its national outreach officer to the Warrior Community Integration Symposium. The symposium brought together veteran-serving professionals from across the county. This year’s theme was on challenges veterans face when transitioning into local communities, which directly informed Clear Path for Veterans’ focus on the health and wellness of returning veterans. Sharing ideas and best practices with other veteran-serving professionals at the symposium helped Clear Path for Veterans evolve its programming and resources to better serve its community of veterans in Central New York.