Veterans’ Health Conference Scholarship
August 23, 2021
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 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 Food, Healthy Lives; 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 2021, NYHealth awarded Compeer Rochester a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support veterans’ health.
Under this grant, Compeer Rochester sent two staff members to attend the 2021 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo. The theme of this year’s annual meeting is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness.” Compeer Rochester strives to engage the veteran community, and helps to find social settings where veterans are comfortable and feel heard and understood. By attending this conference, staff members discovered methods to better connect the community and understand the needs of veterans and their families. Networking opportunities provided staff members with important information, data, resources, skills, confidence, and ideas to build their professional development and improve client services.