Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
February 28, 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 the Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, MAP sent two staff members to the 2020 National Good Food Network Conference. The conference provided the opportunity for MAP staff to connect with regional and national food systems leaders, learn about innovative strategies for food systems change, and exchange ideas on how to strengthen community partnerships. MAP staff also used conference examples of youth leadership, racial equity, and food projects to inform MAP’s work to address systemic food issues and ensure access to healthy, local, sustainable, fair, and humanely produced food.