Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
January 30, 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 Hunger Free America a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, Hunger Free America sent two staff members to the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, co-sponsored by the Food Research & Action Center and Feeding America. Topics covered at this year’s conference included legislative efforts to expand child nutrition programs, grassroots citizen advocacy, immigrant access to nutrition programs, and senior hunger. The conference directly related to Hunger Free America’s work to increase participation in nutrition programs and promote community member self-advocacy. By attending this conference, Hunger Free America staff learned about best practices through trainings and keynote lectures; connected with local and national hunger relief organizations; and exchanged ideas on how to strengthen current and prospective programming.