Healthy Food, Healthy Lives Conference Scholarship
September 22, 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 awarded NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation (H+H) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to connect people to healthy food.
Under this grant, staff from the Office of Ambulatory Care and Population Health (OACPH) at H+H attended the American Public Health Association annual meeting. A staff member presented a qualitative evaluation of BlueStar, a pilot mobile app for diabetes self-management, during one of the conference sessions. H+H staff also attended sessions on food and nutrition to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of initiatives to improve healthy eating and access to healthy food among the H+H patient population. Attending this conference allowed OACPH staff to learn from public health colleagues across the nation to better inform H+H’s chronic disease management initiatives and health equity research.