Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
June 5, 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 the Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative (the ) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, one Collaborative staff member and one staff member from Field & Fork Network participated as panelists at the University, Community, and Government Partnerships for Race and Equality Conference at Niagara University. The conference’s focus on reconciliation and systems change related to the Collaborative’s Local Food Action Plan to better engage residents in healthy eating. The panelists related lessons learned from the Local Food Action plan, particularly how resident input was prioritized in its implementation. Attending the conference allowed the Collaborative to share its work on building healthy communities, as well as allowed it to learn more about what other organizations are doing in this area.