Healthy Food, Healthy Lives Conference Scholarship
June 21, 2021
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 Healthy Food, Healthy Lives 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 Food, Healthy Lives; 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 2021, NYHealth the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to connect people to healthy food.
Under this grant, the Executive Director from NESAWG attended this workshop for white managers to learn how to reduce harm while managing people of color. Food insecurity is a problem of inequality, and this topic is critical for anyone working in the area of food access, nutrition, and affordability. By attending this event, NESAWG managers strengthened their abilities to ensure that staff of color feel empowered to bring their lived experiences and perspectives to their work at NESAWG. They also learned to not replicate harmful behaviors to partner organizations led by people of color or with members or program participants of color.