Building Healthy Conference Scholarship
October 19, 2017
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 sponsored low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2017, NYHealth awarded Lenox Hill Neighborhood House a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support healthy communities.
With NYHealth funding, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House provided training through its Teaching Kitchen program to New York nonprofits to help these organizations increase their clients’ and communities’ access to and use of fresh, healthy, and local food. The Teaching Kitchen is a course for nonprofit food service program directors, chefs, nutritionists, and lead kitchen staff who design menus, order supplies, provide nutrition oversight and programming, and prepare food. Its goal is to help participants assess their programs and implement cost-effective steps to significantly increase their low-income clients’ access to and use of fresh, healthy, and local food. Through this grant, six staff members from three nonprofit organizations attended the Teaching Kitchen program: two from Brooklyn Community Services, two from Brooklyn Kindergarten Society Center, and two from Fort Greene Senior Citizens Council Center. All program participants received a Teaching Kitchen guidebook; a manual for creating a farm-to-institution program; a site visit to assess and discuss all aspects of their program; three months of technical support; and ongoing access to new materials and resources produced by the Teaching Kitchen.