Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
December 3, 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 Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, ECDOH staff attended the National Association of County and City Health Officials Annual Conference. The 2018 conference, “Unleashing the Power of Local Public Health,” spoke directly to the daily challenges and opportunities that local health officials and their staff face. The conference offered an opportunity for local health department staff, partners, funders, and individuals invested in local public health to share the latest research, best practices, ideas, strategies, and innovations. The conference highlighted examples and road maps to building strong, functional, and effective operational infrastructures that local health departments across the country have adapted for delivering care to their communities. By attending the conference, ECDOH staff learned best practices, heard from and network with other thought-leaders, and shared their own story with an audience of peers.