Project Title

Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship

Grant Amount


Priority Area


Date Awarded

March 5, 2020








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 2020, NYHealth awarded the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy Foundation a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.

Under this grant, the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute sent its director to the 2020 National Good Food Network Conference. The conference provided the opportunity for organizations to learn from each other and frontline communities about best practices, sustainable models, and strategies for food systems change and equitable food access. The conference also informed the Institute’s efforts to create a framework for expanding and deepening food-related community development efforts in East Harlem and other parts of New York City.

View a complete list of conference participation grantees.