Project Title

Veterans’ Health Conference Scholarship

Grant Amount


Priority Area


Date Awarded

March 25, 2019


Hudson Valley






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 2019, NYHealth awarded Rockland Independent Living Center (RILC) a grant to participate in this initative as part of its efforts to support veterans’ health.

Under this grant, RILC sent a staff member to the 2019 National Women Veterans Interactive Leadership and Diversity Conference, a conference dedicated to serving and supporting women veterans and their families through advocacy, empowerment, interaction, outreach, and unification. The conference addressed the unique, and often unrecognized, challenges facing our nations’s 1.8 million women veterans as they return to civilian life. RILC used the knowledge gained at this conference in its work with veterans and their families, bringing back best practices to its staff.

View a complete list of conference participation grantees.