Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
April 24, 2019
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 2019, NYHealth awarded Jefferson County Public Health Service (JCPHS) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, JCPHS sent a staff member to the 2019 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting: Creating the Healthiest Nation. By attending the meeting, the staff member learned best practices to inform JCPHS’ current efforts to make healthy choices the easiest choices for residents of Jefferson County through its Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) iniatives. Lessons learned at the conference will help JCPHS built capacity to enhance CHIP program delivery and sustainability across sectors to continue creating a healthier Jefferson County.