Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
April 12, 2017
A key goal of NYHealth’s Building Healthy Communities priority area is to create healthy communities that lead to more New Yorkers of all ages eating healthy foods, being physically active, and having access to a range of programs that encourage healthy life choices.
Many organizations across the State are doing smart, innovative work that is relevant to NYHealth’s work to improve health in New York neighborhoods. These organizations should be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at conferences and other convenings in New York and nationally. Yet, because of a lack of resources, they are often unable to do so. To address this issue, NYHealth awarded grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYHealth sponsored community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to building healthy communities. In 2017, NYHealth awarded Community Service Society of New York (CSS) a grant to participate in this initiative.
With NYHealth funding, CSS sent one of its staff members to attend the National Conference on Health Disparities in New Orleans. This conference focused on policies, research interventions, and programs that address prevention, social determinants, and personal responsibility in reducing health disparities and promoting health equity. By attending this conference, CSS was able to strengthen its Harlem Health Advocacy Partners program, which seeks to improve the health outcomes of New York City Housing Authority residents by addressing risk factors for disease, such as physical inactivity and poor diet, and improving management of existing chronic diseases.