Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
January 4, 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 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House (LHNH) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, LHNH sent three staff members to the 33rd National Child Nutrition Conference, one of whom presented at the conference. The conference provided the latest information and professional development for providers who serve government-funded meals to children and adults in need. In learning how other organizations are addressing childhood hunger and nutrition on a national level, LHNH was able to take back best practices to incorporate into its own program to better assist its clients. The conference focused on areas that would be a boon to LHNH’s clients, including fiscal management, civil rights training, and the use of technology. At the conference, LHNH presented with a staff member from Greenmarket Co., summarized their work together, and outlined how they see the landscape of institutional food changing in the future.