Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
November 3, 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 conferences and other convenings in New York and nationally. Yet, because of a lack of resources, they are often unable to do so. To address this issue, NYHealth awarded 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 community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2017, NYHealth awarded the Research Foundation for the State University of New York (SUNY) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of the Foundation’s efforts to support healthy communities.
With NYHealth funding, one SUNY Binghamton faculty member attended the 2017 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. Attending this conference helped the faculty member shape community-based nutrition and anti-obesity education programs for Broome County. It also provided the faculty member with opportunities to form research collaborations that will advance work on health promotion.