Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
April 30, 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 GrowNYC a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, one staff member from Greenmarket Co., GrowNYC’s food hub and wholesale food distribution program, will attend the 2018 National Good Food Network (NGFN) Conference. This conference will specifically address topics related to Greenmarket Co.’s work in communities throughout New York City to increase and improve access to fresh, healthy, locally produced foods. NGFN is the only conference in the United States dedicated to food hubs and their unique capabilities and challenges. Attending this conference will give the staff member an opportunity to learn from other food hub practitioners, as well as envision new ways of approaching GrowNYC’s work, enhance its operational systems, and provide better services to community partners.